You Asked: Why Don’t Pro-Life Christians Kill Abortionists?

Joe Carter | December 1, 2015

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Dennis E. writes:

On Twitter, Jill Filipovi, a columnist at The Guardian and the former senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine, wrote:

If you actually believe abortion is legal mass murder on par with the Holocaust, then how is it 100% wrong to kill abortion providers? Answer: most prolifers don't even believe their own claims and don't think abortion is quite the same as murder. Because it's not. 

I know we're supposed to be quick to say that killing an abortionist is as much a murder as the abortion itself, but this question bothers me. And I'm not sure how to give it a solid answer. 

We posed this question to TGC editor Joe Carter.

Since abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973, those of us in the pro-life community have been called upon to respond to this charge that we are inconsistent. But is it really inconsistent to think that premeditated homicide is not the moral response to mass murder? If…

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