A Minute for Life: A woman has control over her own body…

Have you ever been discussing abortion with a friend and they said, “I believe that a woman has the right to control her own body!”?

How do you respond?  Here’s a response you can try next time:


2 thoughts on “A Minute for Life: A woman has control over her own body…

  1. Dear Chuck,

    I need your thoughtfulness. Do you know of any Catholic theologian who has discussed Exodus 21:22–23? There the penalty for someone causing a woman to give premature birth (resulting in the death of the child) is NOT death, but something less severe. If the unborn had been thought of as a person, the penalty would have been death.

    1. That verse certainly shows how they prized fertility. I prefer these:

      “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” Jeremiah 1:5

      My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.” Psalm 139:15-16

      “With skin and flesh you clothed me, with bones and sinews knit me together. Life and love you granted me, and your providence has preserved my spirit.”
      Job 10:11-12

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