Is there such a thing as a “moral abortion”? The Huffington Post says yes.
“Abortion can be a highly moral choice for a woman. The distortion of our faiths to anti-woman and anti-scientific and anti-medical rhetoric proves catastrophic for women and children and their families,” writes Post contributor Donna Schaper, a minister with Judson Memorial Church.
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The author expands on three basic arguments for moral abortion: 1. Women are moral agents. 2. Faith tradition teaches soul competency, a Baptist principle that is violated in restricting the right to choose an abortion. 3. Faith tradition teaches freedom for religion and freedom from religion.
It is a God-given right to deny state-sponsored religion, and to “rightly divide the word of God,” she wrote, arguing that restricting a woman’s ability to carry out an abortion is to refuse her “soul freedom.”
The piece, titled “Most Women Under 40 Haven’t Heard the Pro-choice Moral Argument,” also stated a “practical” argument for abortion: She believes unwanted pregnancies “cause” poverty, and that the world “increasingly refuses” to sustain children born into economically depressed environments.