Professing Christian Author Jen Hatmaker Defends Roe v. Wade Using Pro-Abort Logic

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Professing Christian author Jen Hatmaker took to her blog and social media last week to lament about the possibility that Roe v Wade could be overturned, relying on common pro-abortion arguments and clearly defending the act of abortion, which takes a human life.

In her blog post, she declared that the leaked opinion draft revealing the court could be prepared to overturn the 1973 decision that effectively legalized abortion in the United States, Hatmaker claimed that this would have “terrifying implications” which included “the destabilization and politicization of the Supreme Court overturning settled law.”

However, she continued, she wanted to “focus on is the immediate, disproportionate harm this will cause women.”

I’ve sat quietly with the leaked news of the Roe v. Wade reversal for two days…This conversation is tender and fragile…

Posted by Jen Hatmaker on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hatmaker went on to point to several common pro-abortion talking points, all of which evaded the core issue as to whether abortion itself was moral and instead attempted to justify the taking of a human life, made in the image of God, based on flimsy and misunderstood statistics, as Live Action Network skillfully dispelled.

As for her claim that “making abortion illegal doesn’t lower abortion rates,” the pro-life organization replied that “This is false and there is data that proves it.”

“Past analysis by Live Action News has shown that countries that have prohibited abortion have experienced dramatically reduced abortion rates. And Live Action News has noted that pro-life laws such as waiting periods and ultrasound requirements have effectively reduced abortion rates in the states that enact them,” they wrote.

Hatmaker then pointed to several “personal reasons” as to why a woman might seek an abortion.

“Abortion is a choice women make for endless personal reasons including the health of the mother, the health of the baby, rape, incest, viability, financial instability, a dangerous home environment, lack of help, and of course reasons that are theirs alone…as are their bodies,” she wrote.

“In reality, the deliberate homicide of a preborn child is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother,” Live Action shot back. “As for the health of the baby, killing a child because he or she has a health condition is discriminatory. It’s an act of eugenics that actually causes more harm than good. Learn more here.”

Hatmaker also committed a massive fallacy against legislative opponents of Roe, accusing them of “largely participating in the political theater because if this rabid energy was genuine if it had any integrity, it would come baked in with the fiercest and staunchest advocacy for free birth control, comprehensive sex education, maternal health care, paid maternity leave, subsidized child care, affordable housing, marriage counseling and family support systems, guaranteed food security, victims’ rights for all the rape and incest survivors forced to carry their abuser’s baby, subsidized medical care for all the women forced to carry a baby to the detriment of their own health or that of their baby, life insurance for the families whose mothers died in forced childbirth, and every conceivable support for a mother, baby, and family from birth until forever.”

This is a common fallacy among pro-abortion advocates, which sorely misses the core opposition to Roe. While even those who are pro-abortion have conceded that Roe was a bad decision, her argument assumes that one has to be willing to support these policies just to oppose the legal destruction of unborn life in the womb.

Hatmaker’s policy suggestions are by no means the antidote to crisis pregnancies or poverty, by a longshot, and legislators who oppose Roe as many of the far-left policy platforms which would direct taxpayer funds towards public resources, as though that is the only option for supporting women in need, do so no the basis that they fail to provide the support needed and are damaging economically which is bad for impoverished people and the economy as a whole.

Live Action has much more to say about Hatmaker’s faulty reasoning, which you can read in full on their website, but they make the very sobering point that she has a very large following as a professing Christian and appears to completely ignore what the Bible has to say on the matter of the sanctity of life.

“She says she follows God but it appears she has created her own god made in her image, to suit her own intentions,” they charge. “While God is a God of mercy and compassion and desires that all would come to Him in repentance and trust, He is also a God of justice, and cannot allow the murder of innocents to be swept under the rug, justified with a false gospel.”

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