And this is the difference between Christianity and other systems of morality. Our value, worth, and rights as persons don’t ultimately depend on our capacities or what we can do, but on our Creator and Redeemer and what he has done for us. Human lives are sacred not because of inherent capacities or functions, but because God has created them, knows them, and sustains them. And that means every person – prenatal, infant, child, adult, whether healthy, disabled, or elderly – is precious.

Brian G. Hedges is the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church and the author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change and Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin. Brian and his wife Holly have four children and live in South Bend, Indiana. Brian also blogs at www.brianghedges.comand you can follow him on Twitter @brianghedges.

[i]I’m grateful for the help of my friend and fellow pastor Luke Potter in both pointing me to Warren’s article and helping me construct this response to her arguments. 

[ii] Mary Anne Warren, “On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion,” The Monist, Vol. 57, No. 4, 1973.

[iii] Peter Singer, “Taking Life: Humans,” Excerpted from Practical Ethics, 2nd edition, Cambridge, 1993, pp. 175-217.

[iv]Stott, Issues Facing Christians Today, chapter 14.

[v]Stott, pp. 402-403.