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November 4, 2008

Not a Great Night for Life Ethics

I'm a bit surprised tonight that traditional marriage had so much more success tonight than life ethics.

The latest: Washington State passed its assisted suicide measure by a 57 percent majority.

No response yet from the anti-suicide side, but they knew it was likely to go this way.


I thought there would be no way that they would pass Initiative 1000. Talk about a slippery slope.

Ted, what we (the pro-life movement) have been doing for the past 30 years has not been working, regardless of the make up of Congress and the White House. Something's got to change. Are we hiding the real issues below the surface, because they're too complex for the average citizen to think through? Yet the rhetorical approach is not working. The people aren't buying it, because there's no clear-cut moment at which we can all agree that "life" (whatever that means) begins. So long as that stalemate continues, our hands are tied. But that stalemate must not continue. We have to work ourselves into the ground persuading those with the power to overturn Roe v. Wade that the biological definition of personhood is the only acceptable definition. We cannot and will not win the war for the lives of the unborn until that happens.

The stinging pro-life defeats across the nation (including the presidential election) are an indictment of pervasive Christian ignorance, apathy, and moral ineptitude. Until churches boldy confront the growing assault on the sanctity of human life, we will only descend further into a culture of death.