When Christians and feminists enter the abortion argument focused on rights, they disregard their own defining values.
As a Christian man whose academic study involves feminism I am troubled trying to take a stance on abortion, and I don’t think I’m the only one. If I support women in having total rights over their body then I risk having my Christianity questioned. If I support the legal ban on abortion I risk being labeled a patriarch, or at least insensitive. If I fall somewhere in the middle I risk being isolated from both feminism and Christianity. I want to be sensitive to women who have endured generations of oppression, but I also want to continue embracing the values of my faith. What’s a guy to do?
I think a closer examination of the intersectionality between feminism and Christianity offers some hope.
The current argument over abortion is not about any of these Christian or feminist values, it is one of rights. It pits the woman’s rights against the rights of the baby/fetus in a battle royale. Whichever side is determined to have slightly greater rights or inalienable rights wins and the claim to rights of the other are disregarded. If the argument is about rights and rights alone then it is not about care, love or liberation. When we enter an argument focused on rights as either a Christian or a feminist we are devaluing the values that define us.
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