Frank Schaeffer and Abortion

Would somebody please tell Frank Schaeffer to shut up and stop falling all over himself?   And for God’s sake, who catechized this guy when he became an Orthodox Christian?   Has anyone in the Church tried to call him on his abortion rights beliefs and make it plain to him that Orthodox Christians do not and cannot support abortion rights, no matter how many ways you try and see it on the flip side?   If you follow his logic below you’ll see that he believes aborting babies (fetuses as he calls them – abortion supporters never use the word ‘baby’) depends on how far along the pregnancy is – get ’em early and it’s ok.

The Roe v. Wade decision went too far, too fast and was too sweeping. I believe that abortion should be legal. But I also believe that it should be re-regulated according to fetal development. It’s the late term abortions that horrify most people. And for the sake of keeping abortion legal adjustments need to be made. Roe is far too all or nothing.  As I say in my book [Crazy for God],  today I believe that abortion should be legal but more regulated than Roe allows.

In a final, passionate, plea of forgiveness for all his  culpability in the murder of Dr. George Tiller and his now regretful involvement in the pro-life movement, Frank Schaeffer simply says,

I am very sorry.

Well, Mr. Schaeffer, I am sorry too, that when those outside the Orthodox faith look for examples of the best our Church has to offer, they read articles like this.   Unless you think you’re smarter or more enlighted than the Church?  No one said it better than the 2nd century theologian Tertulian, who despite his belief in Montanism late in life, had it clear on the sanctity of it:

Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the same moment and place that the soul does.    Apology 27

The embryo therefore becomes a human being in the womb from the moment that its form is completed. The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties the man who shall cause abortion, inasmuch as there exists already the rudiment of a human being, which has imputed to it even now the condition of life and death, since it is already liable to the issues of both, although, by living still in the mother, it for the most part shares its own state with the mother.

 Ante-Nicene Fathers: Volume III, Tertullian, A Treatise on the soul, Chapter VII.-On the Formation and State of the Embryo

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8 Responses to “Frank Schaeffer and Abortion”

  1. Emelia Says:

    Thank you for pointing this out! Also as an Orthodox Christian, I wondered how Mr. Schaeffer can justify, according to Church teaching, killing babies before they are born. It was my understanding that the Church has always taught that it is wrong – no matter what stage of development – and that contraception has always been forbidden or highly discouraged. I can’t see why the law should allow me to take life of my unborn child and not the life of my child already born. It is a logical and moral inconsistency.

  2. tinag46 Says:

    Thank you for the thoughts Emelia! The moral gymnastics that one must go through to justify abortion on demand is truly of Olympic caliber.
    However, lest we get all righteous in our Orthodoxy, we have to keep in mind one of the greatest tragedies in the Orthodox world. Look at Russia and their absolutely astounding rate of abortion, It began in the Soviet era and continues today with the economic crisis. It is not uncommon for women to have had as many as 4 or 5 abortions for every 1 live birth.

  3. Truth Says:

    The reason why Schaeffer is doing this is he needs a new way to defame and slander his father and mother. It seems like he never sees any opportunity to do this to them that he does not like. Same old, same old, even if his politics changed.

  4. Abortion Abolitionist Says:

    My thoughts exactly. Frank, shut up. You’re dad is ashamed of you. Please repent and return to the true and only living Christ.

  5. tinag46 Says:

    Abortion Abolitionist – Thanks for the comment; l like the site and the important work you’re doing. I have to admit that it was rather disheartening to scan the list of pro-abortion bands and see so many of my favorites. I wasn’t suprised, just a little sobered by the fact. Keep up the good fight. One day the victory will be achieved.

  6. Susan Says:

    I am grateful that Francis Schaeffer passed away before he saw his son fall away from his faith. God is truly gracious.

  7. tinag46 Says:

    Susan – Thank you for your comment, however, I’m wondering which faith you mean? If you mean Frank Schaeffer fell away from the Reformed Calvinist / Evangelical faith of Francis Schaeffer, I’d agree. But Orthodox Christians would have to clarify and say he fell away from error and heresy into the fullness of the faith and doctrines of Christianity when he joined the Orthodox Church. At issue is not Frank Schaeffer’s doctrinal beliefs, the core Christian teachings regarding the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the Resurrection, etc… That is the basis of his Orthodox Faith and no one has any reason to question that. He is at heart an Orthodox Christian. What is in controversy is his social beliefs about abortion which you can say are deeply tied and based on the theology of the Church. It is based on the Church’s teachings about the nature of man, his relationship to God and the unalterable sanctity of life.

  8. Michael Rogers Says:

    I am a Johnny come lately on the Liberal leanings of author and Orthodox Christian Frankie Schaeffer. I just seen an MSNBC broadcast this evening and was floored at Frankie’s lapse of bio-ethics. Frankie also robotically repeated the title of the book he is selling probably a dozen times, or more. I am an Orthodox Christian and I have always found his writings and public appearances inspiring, including an account I recall of his father Francis being hospitalized and his father began waving his cane at hospital workers when he discovered the United Methodist hospital he was staying at performed abortions. It was said with positive overtones, not condemning his fathers belief in the sanctity of human life. Where is Frankie coming from now? The above writer may believe Frankie needs a form of protestantism to get right with Christ, or perhaps the above writer simply believes that Frankie has turned from Christ, by becoming a destroyer of the very image and likeness of God that we are to love and cherish. Orthodox Churches should not host speaking engagements conducted by Frankie Schaeffer. By the way Frankie, what ever happen to honoring thy mother and father? They chose to give you life.

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