Religious Tolerance logo

Abortion access

Quotations and books

horizontal rule



"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there.

That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is." Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Nun, author & speaker."

bullet "We gave up...legislating religion or morality....When science cannot determine the facts and decisions vary based upon religious belief, then government should not act." Harriet Miers' 1993 pro-choice speech on abortion given to the Executive Women of Dallas, TX. 10

bullet "Making the decision to terminate a pregnancy or to bring a fetus to term is by far the most wrenching experience I've ever had. The right to choose is not a luxury; it is a responsibility that demands intense introspection and awareness." S. Boyd 2

bullet "It is equally as heinous intentionally to kill a human being in existence at fertilization, as to kill a larger pre-born child." Nellie Gray. 3

bullet "Many of us can't recall the days when abortions were illegal and 'choice' for women too often meant choosing between a 'back alley butcher' or a long, nightmarish trip to one of the few compassionate physicians who provided clandestine, medically safe abortions." 4

bullet "Through sonograms and other technology, we can clearly see that unborn children are members of the human family as well. They reflect our image, and they are created in God's own image," President George W. Bush 5

horizontal rule

Sponsored link.

horizontal rule


bullet "Reproductive freedom—the fundamental right of every individual to decide freely and responsibly when and whether to have a child—is a reaffirmation of the principle of individual liberty cherished by most people worldwide. It helps ensure that children will be wanted and loved, that families will be strong and secure, and that choice rather than chance will guide the future of humanity."Planned Parenthood6

bullet "Whether or not abortion should be legal turns on the answer to the question of whether and at what point a fetus is a person. This is a question that cannot be answered logically or empirically. The concept of personhood is neither logical nor empirical: It is essentially a religious, or quasi-religious idea, based on one's fundamental (and therefore unverifiable) assumptions about the nature of the world." Paul Campos 7

bullet "Cal Thomas' article against stem cell not particularly useful, because it does not deal with his fundamental belief that human personhood begins at conception. Similarly, articles by medical groups that promote stem cell research are not helpful, because they do not touch on their fundamental belief that embryos are not human persons. If there is to be any hope of resolving these issues, we must debate when human personhood begins. If we can reach a near consensus on this, then abortion, in-vitro fertilization, stem cell research and other debates will neatly resolve themselves." Comment letter in the Jewish World Review. 8

bullet "There is virtually no pro-life movement anymore. In the early 1980s there was activism and picketing of clinics. The pro-life movement was a moving target. But the pro-life movement now is largely confined to fund-raising banquets. Crisis pregnancy centers do good things, but it’s a shadow of what the movement used to be. No longer do you regularly see 30 or 40 Christians protesting in front of an abortion clinic. As a result of the Clinton era, people retreated and gave up. Today, a lot of people who had been enthusiastic pro-lifers have gone into semi-hiding. It’s a sad thing to see." John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute.9

bullet To them, abortion is a health service for women. To us, abortion means a funeral service for the preborn baby. Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family. 10

horizontal rule

Sponsored link:

horizontal rule

Additional books about abortion for personal study:

horizontal rule

References and footnote:

  1. Tony Perkins, "Miers' 1993 Speech Prompts More Questions," Family Research Council, 2005-OCT-26, at:
  2. S. Boyd, "Give us liberty: The approval of RU-486 isn't about morals, it's about options," at:
  3. Nellie Gray, president of March for Life, at the 28th annual March for Life, 2001-JAN-22.
  4. "Learn the facts about Roe v. Wade," at:
  5. George W. Bush, 2002-AUG-4. This was part of his congratulations to Congress for having passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
  6. "Planned Parenthood Federation of America: Mission and Policy Statements," at:
  7. Paul Campos, "Opinions: PAUL CAMPOS: Abortion and the rule of law ," Scripps Howard News Service, 2002-JAN, at:
  8. The Jewish World Review's website is at:  The reader's comment no longer appears to be online.
  9. "A matter of life and death," Pentecostal Evangel magazine, 2004-JAN?, at:
  10. Stuart Shepard, "The Linguistics of Abortion and Politics," Family News in Focus, 2005-DEC-21, at:

horizontal rule

Site navigation: Home > "Hot" religious topics and conflicts > Abortion access > here

horizontal rule

Copyright 1996 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 1996-DEC-20
Last updated 2014-SEP-19
Author: Bruce A Robinson
line.gif (538 bytes)
Sponsored link

horizontal rule

Go to the previous page, or the "abortion access" menu, or choose:

Custom Search

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Hot, controversial topics

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

GooglePage Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

Popular Pages

More Info

Twitter icon

Facebook icon

About this site
About us
Our statement of belief
Is this your first visit?
Contact us
External links

Recommended books

Visitors' donated essays
Our forum
New essays
Other site features
Hot, controversial topics
Vital notes

World religions
Definition of Christianity
 Shared beliefs
 Handling change
 Bible topics
 Bible inerrancy
 Bible harmony
 Bible Interpreting
 Individuals in the Bible
 Beliefs & creeds
 Da Vinci code
 Revelation & 666
WICCA & Witchcraft
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Compare Faiths

Non-theistic beliefs

About all religions
Main topics
Basic information
Gods and Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt & security
Confusing terms
End of the World?
True religion?
Seasonal events
More information

Morality & ethics
Absolute truth

Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious freedom
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
10 Commandments
Abortion access
Assisted suicide
Death penalty
Environment/Climate change

Gay marriages

Human rights
Gays in military
Sex & gender
Spanking kids
Same-Sex marriages
Stem cells
Women's rights
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news