Abortion and the Moral Law
by Steven Braatz
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”1 Truths that are self-evident. Our Founding Fathers understood that our Creator established certain fundamental truths that are knowable to all mankind. He endowed humans with conscious existence, reason, free will, and moral law, making us special and unique. It is this last gift, moral law, that I will address in detail and apply to the subject of abortion. Just as we see the signature of our Creator in the complex workings of every living cell,2 so too we see His authorship in the moral law, which we find (just as the apostle Paul said in Romans 2:15) is “written” on our hearts.
What Is the Moral Law?
C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity,3 tells us that we all, every day and in numerous circumstances, appeal to a standard beyond ourselves that determines right behavior, what we “ought” to do. More recently, in his book What We Can’t Not Know, J. Budziszewski calls these moral principles “the universal common sense of the human race, as well as the foundation of its uncommon sense.”4
Examples help to clarify…