John Piper on abortion
This quote is from a passionately written letter that John Piper sent in 1995 to the editors of my hometown newspaper The Star Tribune.
Now that is news and calls for profound reflection. Instead, your lead editorial the morning after (Feb. 26) glossed over this critical issue and endorsed abortion because it is "one of the most personal decisions a woman can make" and because "the abortion decision is undeniably sensitive." This level of reflection is unworthy of major editorials in good newspapers.To read the letter in its entirety, click here.
I assume you mean by "personal decision" not: having deep personal implications; but: having deep personal implications for only one person, the mother.But abortion is emphatically not a "personal" decision in that limited sense. There is another person, namely, the unborn child. If you deny this, you must give an account of what that little preemie is at Abbot Northwestern. Abortion is a decision about competing human rights: the right not to be pregnant and the right not to be killed.