Personhood Begins at Conception

Personhood Begins at Conception

Next week, America commemorates a grim anniversary: It was on January 22, 1973 that the Supreme Court opened the doors to legalized elective abortion-on-demand with its decision in Roe v. Wade.

The historic teaching of the Christian faith is that personhood begins at the moment of conception. Consider some quotes from a widely diverse group of theologians:

Clement of Alexandria, church father (circa 150 - 215 AD): "Abortion is killing human life that is under God's care, design and providence."

John Calvin, Protestant Reformer: "...the unborn, though enclosed in the womb of his mother, is already a human being, and it is an almost monstrous crime to rob it of life which it has not yet begun to enjoy."

Orthodox Church in America: "Because we believe that each of us is willed to be, by God, we cannot accept the belief that the humanity which starts at conception is accidental, or has no value ... Every life is valued infinitely by God. This includes the life of the unborn child."

And last but certainly not least, the media's favorite "liberal," Pope Francis:

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases ... the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question.

Protecting the unborn and their vulnerable mothers has always been, and always will be, essential to Christian faith. The Apostle Peter, in one of the earliest sermons ever given, called Jesus "the Prince of Life" (Acts 3:15). Let's keep working to honor that glorious title as we celebrate and defend the precious lives He creates.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Listen to two of America's leading pro-life champions, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and FRC's own Dr. Pat Fagan, discuss some of the latest developments in the pro-life movement here.


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