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