By Jonathon Van Maren
A group of prominent evangelical leaders has just launched a statement on behalf of a “movement” they are referring to as “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden.” With signatories including Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Seminary; Jerusha Duford, Billy Graham’s granddaughter; and John Huffman, the board chair emeritus of Christianity Today, the statement calls on evangelicals who oppose the destruction of pre-born babies in the womb to vote for someone who has committed to an expansion of abortion rights unprecedented in American history.
The statement begins with a cursory repudiation of Biden’s position: “As pro-life evangelicals, we disagree with Vice President Biden and the Democratic platform on the issue of abortion.” However: “We believe a biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of human life from beginning to end.”
For this reason, the signatories posit, abortion should not be a primary concern since “[m]any things that good political decisions could change destroy persons created in the image of God and violate the sanctity of human life. Poverty kills millions every year. So does lack of healthcare and smoking. Racism kills. Unless we quickly make major changes, devastating climate change will kill tens of millions. Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues.”