The Difference between Pro-lifers and Abolitionists

Pro-life is the expression of a moral opinion. Abolition is the expression of a moral action. When you call yourself “pro-life” you are letting people know what you think about abortion. When you call yourself an abolitionist, you are telling them what you aim to do about it.

Pro-lifers prefer gradual, over immediate, abolition.

Abolitionism has historically been wed to the doctrine of immediatism. The history of the pro-life movement has been one of gradualistic means and measures, incremental legislation, ameliorative programs, and the inclusion of exceptions to abortion along the way to its eventual total abolition. Abolitionists reject the idea that you can effectively fight evil by allowing it in some cases or do away with it by planned out incremental steps which preserve it along the way. Abolitionists reject the notion that you can ever commit evil in order that good may come. Abolitionists cry NO COMPROMISE!!! Pro-lifers cry “get the best that you can get when you can get it,” and consistently support the “lesser of two evils.”

You can be a secular pro-lifer. You cannot be a secular abolitionist.

To be an abolitionist you must believe in a higher law. One does not need to believe in a higher law or deity to embrace an adverse opinion regarding abortion. But to argue that abortion is evil and ought to be abolished regardless of whether 99.99999% of the rest of the human population agrees with you requires the existence of a binding moral law which has its reference point outside of humanity.

Pro-lifers prefer common ground. Abolitionists prefer to proclaim the gospel.

A majority of pro-life leaders and organizations argue that one need not convince a person that God exists or that abortion is sin, in order to convert them to the pro-life position. While this may be true, abolitionists never choose to remove God or the gospel from the conversation. Abolitionists believe that abortion exists because men deny that God does. The pro-life movement argues that we should talk less about sin and more about science. Less about salvation and more about “saving the babies.”

The 5 Tenets of Abolition


    We strive to provoke a clash of absolutes between the truth revealed in God’s Word and the worldly wisdom of man. Rather than leaving the Bible out of our engagements, we are determined to have a biblical foundation for everything that we do. The concept of abolitionism (the removal of evils) is derived from the word of God. It follows from the call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

    The word of God explicitly instructs the people of God to wash themselves, make themselves clean, and remove the evil of their deeds from his sight, cease to do evil, learn good, seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan and plead for the widow (Isaiah 1. 16-17). The Bible also commands believers to do more than just abstain from evils but also to “expose them” (Ephesians 5.11). Abolitionism also follows from the practice of what the New Testament calls pure and undefiled religion: to look after the orphans (abandoned children) and widows (women in need) in their affliction, and to keep ones self unstained by the world (James 1.27). Engaging in the work of abolition also results from consistently keeping the two great commandments in a culture that dehumanizes and destroys our fellow image bearers and neighbors (Luke 4.18-19).

    Abolitionism also stands and falls on the truth of two interrelated theological propositions derived from the Bible and nowhere else:

    1. Human beings are created in the image of God and reflect His image.

    2. The Creator Himself became a man in order to rescue mankind from sin, self-destruction, death, and eternal separation from God.

    Historically, these two propositions have laid the foundations for all human rights movements and campaigns for human equality. They have been a bulwark standing between humanity and the monstrous inhumanities of human history. As the abolitionist of slavery William Lloyd Garrison said, the belief that God created man in his own image is “a death-blow to all claims of superiority, to all charges of inferiority, to all usurpation, to all oppressive dominion.”


    We rely on the Providence of God, not the pragmatism of man. Abolitionists do not trust in warhorses or chariots. We trust in the spiritual means and methods God has given to us in His Word. Abolitionists have always cried, “duty is ours, the results are God’s!” We look to the Spirit of God to lead us, believing He is our ever present guide and that He is not silent.

    We depend upon the Providence and Sovereignty of God. “… He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” (Acts 17.25) It is the power of God working through His Holy Spirit that changes hearts. Yet we acknowledge that God has deemed men active participants in this drama. He gives us choices, and these choices have consequences. (Matt. 9.38, Acts 27.22, Acts 27.31) We are called to be faithful – to walk in righteousness – to speak the truth in love. We leave the results in His hands.


    The Gospel is the answer to Abortion. We recognize that the chief weapon we possess in the fight against abortion is the gospel. Abortion is sin and the only answer for sin is repentance and a saving faith in the finished work of Christ. The Gospel alone can truly and permanently mobilize human action, motivate moral behavior, and mandate consistent compassionate social justice. It brings redemption from destruction; it is the wellspring of love, hope, and joy and the real answer to abortion.

    Christ’s Great Commission to the church includes evangelism, but also discipleship. Christ told his disciples to “Teach… them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” The second greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matt. 22.39)

    Christian, faithfully obey the Great Commission! Love God with your all your heart, soul, and mind. Call all men to faith and repentance. Teach and exhort obedience to all that Christ has commanded. Make disciples that love what God loves and hate what God hates. Make disciples who desire – along with their Father in Heaven – to seek justice, to correct oppression, and to take up the cause of the 3,500 abandoned children who are murdered every day. If we love our preborn neighbors as we love ourselves, we will not rest until abortion is abolished.

    We are committed to an uncompromising adherence to the good news that God stepped down into human history as Jesus Christ. He was conceived in the womb of a young unmarried woman who did not choose to be with child. He lived a sinless life, and by His death redeemed a lost, wandering and wicked people from sin, punishment and eternal separation from God. The fullness of the Gospel of God is supreme above all philosophies and ideologies and without the Gospel there would be no call or means of Abolition.


    We believe that Abolition is an Obligation of the Church. We seek to awaken the Church to fulfill her ordained purpose to be salt and light in this sin spoiled and darkened world. The primary means God has ordained to display his manifold wisdom to the world is through his people, his body and bride. The church must take the gospel to the ends of the earth and bring it into conflict with every dark deed of man.

    The body and bride of Christ, the church, is called to be salt and light in this depraved world. Christians are to “abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Rom. 12:9), to expose evil (Eph. 5:11), and to destroy the ungodly thinking that defends evil (Cor. 10:5). We are exhorted to rescue the weak from death, snatch the falling from flames, and hold back the stumbling from the slaughter. Abolitionists are driven by a desire to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Mic. 6:8). Our earnest desire is to consistently practice what God’s Word calls pure and undefiled religion: to look after the orphaned and widows in their affliction and to keep ourselves unstained by the world (James 1:27).


    We demand the immediate and total abolition of abortion.

    We believe that allowing abortion in some cases along the way to its abolition in all cases is neither strategically sound nor consistently Christian. You cannot abolish any evil by allowing it to continue or justify it in some cases. Any strategy for ending abortion in this country which allows for the continued occurrence of some abortions for the sake of outlawing the rest, though seemingly pragmatic and deceptively promising to be effectual, is just that: compromise.

    We reject incremental abolition, the gradual regulation of evil, and “pragmatic” strategies. This fight is not an issue of what is practical, achievable, or reasonable. It is an issue of obedience to God. We must make no compromise with Sin or the means of fighting Sin. In light of the reality that abortion is sin, we call for its immediate and total abolition. God never suggests a gradual repentance of sin (individually or nationally) but rather a radical cutting off and turning towards Christ alone in total faith. Jesus declared to sinners, “Go, and sin no more.” (John 8.11) God has always called men to repent immediately. Repentance is not a multi-step evolution where sinners slowly transition from darkness to light over time. Repentance is a complete reversal of belief, thought, and action.

    When we say NO COMPROMISE WITH ABORTION! we actually mean it.

The Two Modes of Abolition

Abolitionists must make every effort to engage equally in works of assistance and agitation. In this we simultaneously fulfill our servanthood mandate to be salt with our prophetic mandate to be light.


Helping the helpless; Caring for the Abandoned and fatherless; Practicing “True Religion”; Showing compassion for those caught up in the culture of death; helping to restore those who have committed the sin of abortion to find forgiveness, healing, and redemption in Christ.

Abolitionists must not simply stand-up and speak-out against the injustices they seek to abolish. They must also give their lives to helping those caught up in the culture that contains those injustices. This means caring for the numerous children who were not destroyed by abortion yet born into a life of maltreatment, neglect, abandonment, and abuse. This means opening our homes to the fatherless, and our hearts to the forsaken through adoption and foster-care. This means assisting women with financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual counseling and care. This means doing to others as you would have them do to you.

Please visit our Nationwide Abolitionist Pregnancy Assistance Community: HAND OF HOPE COMMUNITY.


Destroying Speculations; Undermining Misinformation; Awakening the Apathetic; Unsettling the Indifferent; exposing evils, not just abstaining from them.

Abolitionists make a practice of bringing the darkness of abortion out into the light of day. This means putting the horrors of abortion on display before the happy-go-lucky world. This means speaking out about spiritual destruction which abortion causes to men, women, children, the family, and the entire fabric of our so-called modern society. This means exposing the abortion industry as a multi-million dollar business built on the blood of oppressed people. This means exposing the way the abortion “issue” is used as a political football by lobbyists on both sides of the aisle to insure their party’s power and place of influence. This means pointing out the fact that most churches do little to stand against abortion and that most pastors are terrified to speak out against child-sacrifice from the pulpit.