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On the Newsstand: Evangelical Minister is Pro-Choice

Americans have been having the same abortion debate for decades. But, the latest issue of Newsweek profiled an Evangelical minister with an unlikely position. Minister Adam Hamilton thinks abortion should be legal and available, and that it might actually be necessary in rare situations.

In his book "Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White" Hamilton explains that as a Christian minister his duty is to support people no matter what they chose. He urges passionate pro-choice and pro-life supporters to unite around common ground, and work together to decrease the number of abortions. To see how this issue affects him very personally,

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According to Newsweek Hamilton labels himself as "pro-choice with a heavy heart." The article explains:

As for his heavy heart, Hamilton comes by it honestly. Seven years ago he received a letter from a parishioner describing her own teenage pregnancy in the years before Roe, the pressure from her parents to abort and her refusal to do so—in spite of the cost. That letter was from his mother.

The fact that an evangelical minister feels compelled to confront the nation's abortion narrative may indicate that many Americans have a moderate attitude toward abortion. Maybe many don't really relate to the extreme rhetoric that characterizes the public debate. Why do you think the debate has been so heated for so long? Is it distracting the polarized sides from finding effective ways to reduce abortions?

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'm pro-choice however there should be certain restrictions. I definitely agree that there is much gray in this black & white war of views. There are times when I get disgusted at women who abuse the clinics by coming in all the time as if it were a grocery store, have they never heard of protection?! I mean it's sad, the abortion was right since that type of woman could never raise a child which would lead to her abandoning the child/negligence and there are already to many children without homes & support. HOWEVER I am strongly against abortions that occur when the child is already developing. If your pregnancy is at that stage, then find a family that is looking to adopt a baby. Those late abortions sicken me. I understand getting an abortion when the child is still a cell and you are not fit to be a mother or have been raped/ in abuse relationship; yet to get an abortion when the child has developed a brain and growing it's body, well this form of abortion should be illegal. There has to be some common ground to end these violent protests between pro & anti abortion groups; or at least a truce.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Does this mean I am now the un-man? ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
7up is the UnCola, right?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Why is UnDave like 7up?? I don't get it! :) I agree with you guys about religion though...
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
:) Very nicely put UnDave. BTW, your name always makes me think of 7up.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Mellowman, you have hit the nail on the head for religion, and why it is failing us. Religion isn't supposed to make people feel good, it's supposed to be providing a moral compass that we guage our lives by. Religion should also be about knowing that when you do mess up, if you are truly repentent, you will be forgiven. But the addendum to that is we must "Go and sin no more." We are quickly entering a realm of moral relativism.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
i agree with syako. the issue is definitely a black or white. while i think abortion should be considered as one of many options, and not just the only option, i don't think it's fair for the government do dictate if we can even have that option or not.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I completely agree, Jillness. It does seem like many of the extreme anti-abortion people are also anti-sex ed. I wonder how many of these proponents actualy practiced abstinence only?
em1282 em1282 8 years
I think the debate has been heated for so long because, well, everyone has an opinion on abortion. And I think Jillness is right in terms of both sides wanting to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions. I also think both sides need to think about very comprehensive sex education (goodbye, abstinence-only programs...) and how that affects the issue of abortion. I also think it remains a hotly debated topic because of the fact that it is largely a women's rights issue, and, well, let's face it--a lot of people in power in America will never understand what it's like to be pregnant, and yet still somehow think they know what is best for women and remain untrustful of women making the right decisions.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
"In his book "Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White" Hamilton explains that as a Christian minister his duty is to support people no matter what they chose. " - I'm having a bit of a hard time with this sentence. Isn't his duty to God and to the Church? This seems to imply that people decide God's wishes and that the church should be dictated by the wants of the people as opposed to the will of God. I'm not saying that he is not supposed to be there for people, just that I don't believe he is supposed to "support" people in what they choose.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that both pro-life and pro-choice groups have a common goal: To reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions. It is just how they want to go about getting it done where they truly differ. It has been proven in many studies that abortion is lowest in areas where: 1.) abortion is legal, 2.) contraception is widely available, 3.) Sex education is comprehensive. I think that if pro-life groups were open to these facts, then we could all unite and achieve our goals. I think where the discussion gets muddied is when some extreme portions of the pro-life movement are also against any contraception. I think this group doesn't reflect most Pro-lifers, but they have great influence over the pro-life movement as a whole, IMO.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Awww. Thanks Sy! :WAVE: :D
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 8 years
I absolutely think that the heated discussion of abortion rights has made us ineffective in finding ways to reduce the need for abortion. All of the focus is on should people be allowed to have an abortion - the Supreme Court has already decided that issue from a legal standpoint, now let's move on. Personally, I can't forsee ever choosing to abort a child - but that is MY personal choice, and I would not force that choice on any other woman. Anyway, I think it's really great to see a religious leader standing up to say that there is a gray area, that in fact, most of the world is a gray area (the strict black and white issues are few and far between). I would like to see more religious leaders who are outspoken about their common sense - all too frequently, the ones getting news time are the radicals, giving many religions a reputation as rigid and close-minded, which I don't think actually reflects the opinions of the majority of religious believers.
syako syako 8 years
shop - I'm happy about that decision too! :hug:
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I am usually anti-abortion but there are certain situations I think it's ok to do it like if a woman gets raped and she ends up getting pregnant by her attacker. I could certainly see why she wouldn't want to keep the baby. But he does have a strong point. There is a lot of gray in this very heated debate. My mom had me very young and she was thinking about abortion but she decided to keep me. Of course I'm happy w/ that decision. :)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
I think I would really enjoy reading this book! I agree that the polarization keeps people from discussing it. But also, I wonder if it's not just a profound sense of privacy that keeps people from discussing it. Personally, if faced with the choice, I would be utterly devastated. I would think of all the potential of this child, and who he or she would grow up to be. I know if you have a child already you wouldn't be able to imagine life without them, but people have their reasons. they may not even know how they would choose, given the situation. It reminds me of the rape t-shirt debate. A woman can cope with rape however she sees fit, but personally would I prefer to keep it to myself. Abortion is a difficult subject, whether someone has had one or not. Talking to the world about it wouldn't be my first choice.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I agree with Syako that this is not a black and white issue; it's very, very gray. I feel like people on both sides try to paint abortion as being one way or the other, but I think there is so much that goes into it and so many consequences for either action. I think that the one issue we should all be able to get together on is to reduce the need for abortions in the first place. How you can you argue against that?
syako syako 8 years
I agree about the whole polarizing aspect. I think the extremists on both sides have kept people in the middle from really being able to speak up and/or debate this thing. The world is full of gray and definitely not black and white and I commend this minister for speaking up about that.
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