Today, Dr. Willie Parker released a book called Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Dr. Parker is an abortionist who identifies as a Christian. In fact, he says he does abortions because he is a Christian.
His book claims to be making a “moral argument for choice” based on his Christian beliefs and his life as an African American and descendent of slaves.
Dr. Parker is specifically making abortion a Christian, moral issue and a freedom issue in response to America’s dark history of slavery.
He says he believes that “compassion leads (him) to act on behalf of others.” However, we believe that the compassionate response to a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is to provide her with the resources and care she needs.
Here at Storks, we don’t believe abortion is a religious issue. We believe abortion fundamentally hurts women and that people of every faith or belief system would agree when presented with the facts and statistics.
However, since Dr. Parker has made it an issue of religion, we find it necessary to prove that his “Christian” approach to the issue of abortion is based on nothing but disillusionment and lies.
In a recent interview promoting his book he brings up the Ten Commandments and says that people “act as if the 11th commandment was ‘Thou shalt not have an abortion.’”
Dr. Parker claims to believe in the Bible and so we assume he has read Exodus 20 and noticed that at least two of the Ten Commandments he is referring to stand against abortion.
The first commandment Dr. Parker has seemingly ignored is the last of the ten, which says “You shall not covet.”
In an interview with the NY Times, he says, “when a woman comes to me, I find myself unable to demote her aspirations because of the aspirations someone else has for the fetus that she’s carrying.”
The word “covet” means to yearn to possess or have something. The act of putting your aspirations above the life of another, desiring to have what someone else has, on its own violates the idea behind this commandment.
Of course, the most obvious commandment abortion breaks is “You shall not kill.”
While we believe there is hope and healing for those who have had abortions and that, through repentance and trust in Jesus, they will stand guilt free, we do acknowledge the scientific fact that abortion is the ending of a human life.
And so does Dr. Parker. He says “A fetus is not a person; it’s a human entity. In the moral scheme of things, I don’t hold fetal life and the life of a woman equally.”
Aside from the linguistic gymnastics in that statement, his wording echoes the language used during a dark time in history when African-Americans were not granted full personhood – a time in history which Dr. Parker references as a motivation for his work in the abortion industry.
For example, The Three-Fifths Compromise, found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution, was reached during the 1787 Constitutional Convention when the states were trying to decide whether or not slaves should count when determining a state’s population for taxes and representation.
The delegates all decided that every slave would equal “three-fifths of all other persons.” This sickening provision has since been removed and our country is still working to fix the unimaginably painful rift caused by this belief system.
To say anyone of any race or gender is “three-fifths of all other persons” seems ludicrous today, and yet here, an African American man is making the same claim. He says “I come from a heritage of people who know what it’s like to have your life controlled by someone else,” and yet he makes the exact same decision for the unborn.
I value them… just not as much as women. They aren’t actual people… just human entities.
He himself is leaving the exact same legacy of those who enslaved his ancestors.
African Americans make up 13% of the female population and yet they represent 36% of the abortions. That means on average, 1,879 black babies are aborted every day in America. 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are in minority communities.
In turn, the very Bible Dr. Parker claims to believe in says in Galatians 3, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free.” It is made clear that in a truly followed Christian worldview, no person is less than any other person based on their race or heritage.
So in Jeremiah 1:5, when God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart,” he is saying, quite explicitly, that life in the womb has purpose and is valuable, just like any other human life.
We agree every woman who seeks out abortion should be treated with love and compassion. These women deserve excellent medical care, including the right to full medical knowledge of what is happening in their own bodies. They deserve resources and education. They deserve a shoulder to cry on, people to cheer for them when things go well, and people to grieve with them when things don’t. They deserve to be empowered.
You see, these women are really, really loved and valued by God. Wholly and fully. And the lives inside them are also really, really loved and valued by God. Wholly and fully.
In Psalm 139, when God formed our inward parts, when even there, in the secret place, we weren’t hidden from God, He made that stage of life valuable. And if God sees His creation in a mother’s womb, then He sees Dr. Parker there, too.
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