160 – Karen Swallow Prior: Abortion in the USA

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Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics. Her most recent book is Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.

Some questions discussed in this episode…

When does life begin?

How many abortions happen every year in the United States?

When is abortion legal and illegal?

What does Planned Parenthood do?

Do tax dollars fund abortions?

What are productive ways for Christians to respond to abortion?

Mentioned in this episode…

Crisis Pregnancy Centers
-For the stats mentioned, Karen recommends visiting the research arm of Planned Parenthood, The Guttmacher Institute and The National Health Institute
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer


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2 thoughts on “160 – Karen Swallow Prior: Abortion in the USA

  1. Thanks for addressing a difficult topic with grace, Shane. I observe that both pro-life and pro-choice advocates tend to lean on the extreme scenarios when making their point (for example, rape/incest, 3rd trimester abortions, what-if scenarios, etc.) but then they dismiss their opponents arguments on the basis that they are extreme scenarios and not representative of the common scenarios.

    I wonder if the dialog would change if we mutually agreed to set aside (temporarily) the extreme scenarios and instead talked through the issue as it occurs in the most common forms.