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ABORTION: THE PRO-SMART POSITION – Major Clarifications on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FORMERLY AKA “THE SMART PRO-LIFE POSITION

OLD NAME OF OUR POSITION: “THE PRO-BELIEF POSITION”

 

 

Copyright September 28, 2008 3:09 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated December 5, 2013 2:53 PM CST

Copyright December 5, 2013 2:53 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

Note that we are the discoverers of the Pro-Smart Position (the Smart Pro-Life Position).

 

We Are Not Pro-Choice (Destroy Some)…We Are Not Pro-Life (Protect Everything)…We Are Smart Pro-Life (Be Precise)

 

With regard to every woman who finds herself carrying a child resulting from rape, do you really think that a loving God would force them to carry the child of the monster that raped them?  We add, of course, that any of these women may, for whatever reason, justifiably carry such a child.

 

If you want a quick answer, read on.  If you want a simple answer, get ready to be disappointed.  We are not Pro-Choice.  We are almost Pro-Life.  We are Smart Pro-Life.  We believe:

 

The Conditional Latitude Principle

A woman would have latitude (limited authority) in the sight of God to have or not have an abortion if she acted in accordance with all possible knowledge and wisdom.

 

 

 

Why We Are Not Pro-Choice

 

Pro-Choice means that a woman can do whatever she wants without moral justification; that is, without moral reasons that persuade her to do what she does.

 

We have moral justification, moral reasons that persuade us to do what we do.

 

More important, we are not Pro-Choice because our position does not involve any act of choosing.  Everything the woman does requires a “determining basis”; that is, “truth determines action.”  The truth decides what the woman does, not an act of choosing on the part of the woman.

 

 

We have spent years studying the abortion issue (see our old pages on abortion at The Abortion Pages and our new pages on abortion at What Does The Bible Say About Abortion? and Isn’t There Proof That The Unborn Child Is Alive? and Does Life Begin At Conception?)

 

Now, we believe:

 

God judges a person by what they believe, not necessarily by what anyone else believes.

 

Our belief and our position follow.

 

 

The Smart Pro-Life Position

 

Our position starts with the following irrefutable fact:

 

No one can prove that an unborn child (fetus, embryo, etc.) is or is not alive.

 

This means:

 

The unborn child might be alive.

 

We infer from this that:

 

God might not want the possibly alive unborn child to be destroyed.

 

We infer from this that:

 

One might have a responsibility to not destroy the possibly alive unborn child.

 

Now, note:

 

The belief that one might have a given responsibility DOES NOT create that responsibility.

 

Therefore:

 

The belief that one might have a responsibility to not destroy the possibly alive unborn child DOES NOT create the responsibility to not destroy the possibly alive unborn child.

 

Therefore:

 

One does not have the responsibility to not destroy the possibly alive unborn child.

 

To put it another way:

 

(The Latitude Belief) One’s responsibilities do not include the responsibility to not destroy the possibly alive unborn child.

 

However, at the same time, we all intuitively know:

 

(The Duty Belief) One has a responsibility to not destroy something when doing so might result in the death of a person.

 

For example:

 

If someone gave you a shotgun and told you to shoot at a large box and, then, told you that there might be a little child in the box, would you shoot at the box?

Of course, not!

 

So, we have two truths that contradict each other.  Wow.  What do we do?

 

The answer lies in the fact that, although we know that we are dealing with a paradox (two truths that contradict each other), none of us believes both truths at the same time.

We either believe one of the truths or we believe neither of the truths.

(A quick side note:  If a person could believe both truths at the same time, they would, in effect, either believe one of the truths or believe neither of the truths.  In other words, the outcome would be the same.)

 

Therefore:

 

(1) If, at one moment, you have the Latitude Belief (see above), you must follow the Latitude Belief.

(2) If, at another moment, you have the Duty Belief (see above), you must follow the Duty Belief.

(3) In all other situations, you can only inconclusively think of how to respond to the paradox or believe the Latitude Belief or the Duty Belief.

 

Now, you might be thinking "This is a little complicated!"  Well, don’t worry.  Everything you have read leads to the following conclusion:

 

A woman would have latitude (limited authority) in the sight of God to abort or not abort a possibly alive unborn child if she acted in accordance with all possible knowledge and wisdom.

 

To put it more simply:

 

A woman would have latitude in the sight of God to have or not have an abortion if she acted in accordance with all possible knowledge and wisdom.

 

Now note that:

 

Even though a woman may have latitude in the sight of God to have an abortion, the decision to do so may still be heart-wrenching.

 

NEVERTHELESS, THE HEART-WRENCHING EXPERIENCE DOES NOT MAKE ABORTION WRONG.

 

 

Answers To Other Questions

 

Our answers to the following questions constitute additional knowledge and wisdom.  Before we begin answering these questions, here, once again, is the “Conditional Latitude Principle”:

 

Conditional Latitude Principle

 

A woman would have latitude in the sight of God to have or not have an abortion if she acted in accordance with all possible knowledge and wisdom.

 

Do we support partial-birth abortion?

 

No.

 

Why not?

 

Once the birth pangs start, God is saying that you can no longer believe that there only might be a live unborn child in the womb.

 

May a woman get an abortion just because she feels like doing so?

 

No.

 

Why not?

 

In the absence of moral reason, one must follow moral principle or moral irresisaction (see the Pneumiatric Mental Health Dictionary).

 

What moral principle might apply?

 

In the absence of moral reason, one must favor the possibility of life over the possibility of nonlife.  This is equivalent (not identical) to saying that one must favor life over death.

 

What moral irresisaction might apply?

 

One must be personally involved in the situation to be able to answer this question.

 

May a woman get an abortion to get relief from a storm of brutal emotions?

 

This would depend on the moral irresisaction.

 

May a woman get an abortion to save her life?

 

Yes.

 

May a woman get an abortion if her pregnancy is the result of rape?

 

Yes.

 

May a woman get an abortion if her pregnancy is the result of incest?

 

Yes.

 

 

Answering One Biblical Moral Objection

 

Question>  Doesn't the Bible say that, if you are unsure that you have a given responsibility, that you do have that responsibility?

 

Answer>  No, the Bible says that, if you are unsure that you have a given responsibility, that you do have that responsibility unless and until you are persuaded that you don't have that responsibility.

 

Question>  Am I responsible to do what I believe I might have a responsibility to do?

 

Answer>  No, God does not give responsibility without first giving the belief that one has, not might have, that responsibility.

 

Question>  Doesn’t that contradict what you just said?

 

Answer>  No.

 

Question>  Why not?

 

Answer>  Believing you might have is not being unsure that you haveBelieving you might have is a belief.  Being unsure that you have is a state of mind.

 

Question>  Aren’t the belief and the state of mind the same thing?

 

Answer>  No.  The belief is something you cannot help but follow.  You have no choice but to follow it.  The belief tells you that you have no responsibility.  You cannot help but act in accordance with the fact that you have no responsibility.  The state of mind tells you that you are confronted with a choice as to whether you will do God’s will.  You have the free will to do God’s will and, as result, receive good and you have the free will to not do God’s will and, as result, receive evil.

 

 

 

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