Dave Sterrett has become an outspoken pro-life advocate. He recently wrote a book called Aborting Aristotle, which I reviewed here. Dave has his pulse on the state of the abortion debate, and was kind enough to answer a few questions:
SEAN MCDOWELL: Dave, how would you assess the state of the abortion debate?
DAVE STERRETT: As far as the abortion debate goes, the pro-life side is winning, but we still have a lot of work to do. Planned Parenthood of Texas was exposed in a video released recently, for breaking the law again and doingpartial birth abortions. But mainstream media is not reporting on this and the country is still divided on its beliefs about abortion. We need Christians to show up and vote this year for a pro-life Senate and especially a pro-life President whom we can trust to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.
Anyone who doubts the growth of the pro-life movement just needs to show up to the March for Life and look at the hundreds of thousands of young people who passionately and courageously determined to abolish abortion in their lifetime. My life was changed in 2012 when I attended my first March for Life and asked myself, “Where have I been?”
On both the scholarly and the popular level, pro-life is winning—first and foremost, because the fact that “life is sacred” is true and biblical. I think it was Elvis Presley who said, “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” For the longest time, Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates in academia and politics have tried to deny the truth and deceive the public about unborn children not being “persons,” but scientifically, this goes against virtually everything that embryology tells us about the unborn. In addition, more detailed videos and higher quality 3-D sonograms are showing us that the unborn really are people, and this is changing the minds of some skeptics.
Now, on a scholarly level, some abortion defenders like David Boonin in his book A Defense of Abortion actually acknowledge the humanity of the unborn. This kind of admission actually helps boost our cause on the pro-life side. Boonin wrote,
In the top drawer of my desk, I keep [a picture of my son]. This picture was taken on September 7, 1993, 24 weeks before he was born. The sonogram image is murky, but it reveals clear enough a small head tilted back slightly, and an arm raised up and bent, with the hand pointing back toward the face and the thumb extended out toward the mouth. There is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows [my son] at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question that the position I defend in this book entails that it would have been morally permissible to end his life at this point.[i]
I will say that it does seem that some scholars who defend abortion like David Boonin are a little more consistent and honest than we’ve seen with what the leaders of Planned Parenthood are doing in our communities. And we’ve seen more and more videos exposing Planned Parenthood for not only lying to the general public about doing mammograms, but for lying about the fact that abortion videos are heavily edited. Today’s video showed that The Planned Parenthood organization also has shown its lack of judgment for acknowledging their awareness of the unborn being “fetuses” but still offering them as a line item for sale for profit…
Read the rest at SeanMcDowell.org!