“Thou Shalt Not Kill,” is a mandate of conscience, not just a tenet of religion.
That means the answer to the question whether someone can be Pro-Life without God is Yes.
I’d like to put off explaining that for just a moment, while I make this plug for Secular Pro-Life Perspectives (SecularPro-Life.org).
Next week, Kelsey Hazzard, from Secular Pro-Life, will speak at the University of Georgia on the topic “Pro-Life Without God.” Apparently, in the days leading up to this conference, the abortionists on campus took to defacing their property by tearing down advertisements posted for the event. According to their report:
The event is hosted by Students for Life UGA, whose president tells Secular Pro-Life that abortion advocates on campus have resorted to tearing down the posters advertising this event. They really do not want people hearing the secular case against abortion! But censorship won’t get us down. If anything, it is an encouragement, reaffirming for us that this speaking engagement is needed and has the potential to save lives. (Read the full article here)
I have to say, I admire your positive spirit and determination!
I think it is important to make people aware that the issue of abortion is not strictly a religious matter. It is not because of our religious beliefs that abortion should be illegal. It is simply a matter of understanding the simple truth that an abortion ends the life of a human being who has committed no crime. So by insisting that this is murder and should not be legal, no one ought to accuse me of imposing my religious views on politics. The Secular Pro-Life organization understands this very well. That’s why I’m glad they are making this statement.
So, of course, it is not necessary to believe in God in order to know that abortion is wrong. Now, I hope the fair-minded secularist will understand why I, as a religious person, want to qualify something here. From my religiously informed perspective, my response to “Pro-Life without God,” per se, has to be No, for the following reason — and this won’t detract from what I already said.
From a Christian’s perspective, God is the author of life. A reason why taking an innocent person’s life is morally wrong is that one person does not have dominion over another person’s life, because only God can have that dominion. Barring self-defense or the defense of others who cannot protect themselves (and there are reasonable limits to this), killing another person is unjustified. I would hope that someone who does not believe the way I do can at least see it from that perspective, i.e., that if one believes in the type of God I believe in, he has to come to that conclusion.
Regardless of my religious views, however, I can still see it from another logical perspective. This is not to say that if God did not exist things wouldn’t be any different. Rather, it means that as a reasonable human being, I can understand why it’s wrong to commit abortion or promote it, without having to bring my religious views to bear on the subject. That also means I believe other people, regardless of their religious views (or lack thereof) can see it that way too.
It follows that abortion is wrong based on the fact that it is scientifically proven that abortion ends a human life. Therefore it should be illegal, because no one has the right to take the life of another individual, who has committed no crime.
I’d like to be able to attend the Secular Pro-Life conference at UGA. Weather permitting — which is something we have to say here in Georgia these days — I’ll make the trip out to Athens next week to hear more about the Pro-Life cause from a secular perspective, and I’ll probably learn a few things. That’s certainly something to look forward to.