A Presbyterian church elder has hit out against an ordained minister advocating that Christians should “trust women” when it comes to abortions.
Paula Rinehart, who is also a therapist and author of books such as Sex and the Soul of Woman, argued that “progressives are getting desperate” in a piece published by The Federalist on Wednesday.
“Christians see embodied compassion as that which leads a person into richer, unfolding life, in which children can only be construed as a blessing. Abortion is a threat to the humanity of the woman herself,” Rinehart wrote.
At the center of her criticism is Rebecca Todd Peters, a professor of religious studies at Elon University in North Carolina, an ordained Presbyterian minister and author of Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice.
In the book, and in an op-ed in The News & Observer in July, Peters argues that different Christian denominations accept some forms of abortion, such as in relation to prenatal health, rape, incest, and health of the mother.
She adds that women who want to have abortions outside those reasons should not be condemned, however.
“Limiting our cultural approval of women’s reproductive decisions about the size, shape, and timing of their families to a narrow list of PRIM reasons flies in the face of Jesus’ teaching that he came to bring abundant life. A Christian vision of abundant life requires recognizing and supporting the development of healthy and robust families,” Peters writes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov