Posted by: adventlife | November 10, 2019

Do I See a Fallacy in Mark Finley’s Reasoning Regarding Abortion?

You might have watched the recent video Submitted by Pastor Mark Finley in which he offers his expert comments regarding the Statement on Abortion approved by the General Conference Executive Committee on October 16, 2019.

He made a long list of prolife statements among which I would like to highlight the following:

A. This Statement on Abortion document blends the value of human life with compassion.

Of course, I agree, provided the compassion is for both the woman and her baby.

B. Human life begins at conception.

Not at birth as some leading Adventists used to teach.

C. The Sixth Commandment also applied to the killing of the unborn child.

This is an excellent prolife affirmation

D. An act of violence against a woman is not solved with another act of violence against her baby.

So far no problem! But when he got to point six of the document on abortion his hands began to shake. He seemed to be troubled by the following statements contained in it:

“Consequently, in rare and extreme cases, human conception may produce pregnancies with potentially fatal prospects and/or acute, life-threatening birth anomalies that present individuals and couples with exceptional dilemmas.”

His comments seemed to imply that if the woman decides to have her baby killed because of the presence of fatal anomalies the church is morally forced to become an accomplice to said killing.

This is a fallacy in my view. If the church wants to be true to the Biblical principles exposed in the document, all the church needs to say is:

We do not participate in abortions except when the life of the woman is in serious jeopardy. There are many other medical facilities that engage in taking the lives of innocent unborn children.

Besides, point six of the document makes reference to dilemmas. The dictionary defines a dilemma as a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives. The choice between hoping that the medical prognosis is inaccurate and killing the baby is not a true dilemma; the choice between having an abortion and giving the baby up for adoption is not a true dilemma; and the choice between the woman’s lifestyle and taking the life of her own baby is not a true dilemma either.

Reference: “Adventist Abortion Document Review by Mark Finley (GCAC19)”

If you can spare the time, watch the following video created by prolife Adventist researcher Andrew Michell:

“Refuting Pastor Mark Finley’s defense of abortion for sick children”


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