Relativism and Abortion


The coup of relativism in the abortion holocaust is that it convinced societies that abortion does not end a human life but stop it from being. It created a false distinction between biological potentiality and actualization of that potential. The argument often goes like this:

Something is not truly alive until x or y or personhood is not achieved until z or w.

The biological fact that a unique human being is created at the moment of conception is irrelevant because biological potentiality does not equate with personhood only the fulfillment of some arbitrary or subjective developmental landmark. In other words life that is afforded rights only begins after some subjective conditions have been fulfilled. One extreme example, is clearly articulated by Joyce Arthur in an article titled the Fetus Focus Fallacy:

“We all have our own opinions about what the moral status of the fetus might be. Some people believe a fertilized egg is a full human being with an absolute right to life that supersedes any right of the woman. Others believe that a fetus attains moral value only after it becomes viable, or upon birth. But that’s all these beliefs are – opinions. There’s no way to decide between them, because they’re entirely subjective and emotional. Therefore, the only opinion that counts is that of the pregnant woman. The status of her fetus and any moral value accorded to it is entirely her call. A fetus becomes a human being when the woman carrying it decides it does.”

Joyce Arthur
The Fetus Focus Fallacy

The beginning of life, according to Joyce Arthur, is a matter of opinion, an arbitrary delineation that can only be bestowed by an “act of the will” of the biological mother. This absurdity states that being human is not an intrinsic property of humanity, but rather an acquired trait that is only bestowed by an intellectual accent of another human being: “A fetus becomes a human being when the woman carrying it decides it does”. This is perfectly consistent with relativism. In that it presupposes that A) objective truth cannot be known and therefore B) truth is only relative to the opinion of the individual. In the case of abortion the only opinion that matters is that of the mother. The explicit outcome of such argumentation is the denigration of the dignity of human life to a subjective opinion. The consequence is about 730,000 abortions in the US alone in 2011, according to the CDC. That is almost a million lives quenched before they were born.

The problem with such a framework is that it removes the intrinsic value of human life by imposing conditions on it. It ignores the biological fact that at the moment of conception a unique and different human being is created. That its value is not dependent on achieving some developmental stage, but that is intrinsic to its creation. In the words of Dr. Zeus: “A person, is a person no matter how small.”

This post was a continuation of Relativism and Natural Law.

For a detail and frankly better explication of the issue of Abortion read Trent Horn book, from which I draw guidance in writing this post:

Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk about Our Culture’s Toughest Issue


5 thoughts on “Relativism and Abortion”

  1. This issue that weighs heavy on my heart. The blood of millions of babies is on the hands of our and many other nations. God have mercy. As someone who was not able to have children and desperately wanted them it grieves me to the core of my soul for such irreverence for human life. Thank you for having the courage to write about it. god bless.In, Debbie

    1. Dear Debbie,

      God Bless you and thank you for the encouragement we all need it! My aunt also never had children but she is so very special to me and my cousins. Yes, I think that both relativism and abortion are the two biggest issues facing western civilization and that as Christians we are call to give witness of not only mercy but also Truth!

  2. Abortion makes me righteously angry Caleb, I don’t care what a man or woman thinks or claims, I believe what God tells us and He tells us He knows us before we are conceived by His foreknowledge and when we are conceived, He sees us formed, what right does anyone have to commit Murder and excuse it as their choice saying it’s OK because it’s what they want, they have no right to rob anyone else of life taking away their choice to live.

    God says … suffer little Children to come to Him, we don’t kill them before they can, yes they are under grace until they know right from wrong but they still have a right to live..

    Without heart repentance these woman on judgment day will be condemned for Murder regardless of what they claim and so will those who preform the Abortions and those who agree and encourage them, like their husbands and boyfriends but I pray they will repent like I did with tears, great remorse and sadness, so they too can be forgiven as I was, yes I was a confused and frightened young teenager but I still agreed to kill my innocent Child, Abortion is not just physical.

    Thanks Caleb, you are indeed a Solider of The Cross.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

    1. Dear Annie,

      My heart goes out to you! You are such a strong woman of faith. Thank you for your witness and love. My approach on these issues ( which I think are the most crucial issues today) is to meet people where they are…with compassion in the hope that it will open a ray of light in their hearts. That does not mean that we should diminished the gravity of the situation or dilute Christ teaching on the contrary we most be faithful to his teaching but in a loving matter. More often than not I try to reach people were they are…in some cases when people have ill informed opinion about Christianity, I appeal to reason without using the bible. In this way they can know that our Faith is reasonable and logical. After all the world was made flesh in Jesus Christ, that is reason was made flesh. Hopefully that conversation will plant a see in their heart and make it more open to Christ’s truth…Just my two pennies 🙂

  3. As I shared Caleb, you are a Solider of The Cross, I will leave a link for you…..

    Christian Men –

    Jesus shared Truth as confirmed in the Scriptures and so did Paul, everything that is written is for us to learn God’s Truth, what we think or believe unless it is in agreement with His Truth, is foolishness. 2Timothy 3:1-17

    I do not call good what God calls evil Caleb but I still Love those who do evil, God Loved me even when I Aborted my Baby and continued to choose to live in sin until I came to heart repentance but it grieved Him that I did……. Now I hate what God hates, which is all evil!…. Abortion is evil!

    I’m an Anointed Evangelist Caleb, I share the message of The Cross and even when I witness to others who are not Christians, I still share God’s Truth but not the Book, Chapter or verse and I share it in a way that they will understand sometimes even using Humour , I have no doubt good seeds have been planted and someone will water them and God will harvest if they are known by Him as His own.

    He tells us not one of us will be lost, He knows us by His foreknowledge of our heart repentance before we are conceived, which shows we will believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. and so He chooses us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ His Son, who is One with Him and The Holy Ghost in The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today.

    God’s Abundant Blessings – Anne.

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