Perhaps looking to strengthen his issue portfolio as he runs to be governor of Massachusetts, anti-gay activist Scott Lively has posted a list on his website of the “top seven reasons I am pro-life.” Although the first few are standard fare (e.g. “abortion is just another name for murder”), Lively strays off the pro-life movement’s messaging when he goes into the reasons why a woman’s right to choose undermines men’s “biblical authority.”
“Legalized abortion robs fathers of their fundamental rights as parents, and their Biblical authority as heads of their households,” Lively contends. In the case of rape, he adds, “a child must never be required to pay for the sins of his father.” But among all this, he concludes, it is women who are “degraded” by the right to choose.
The remaining three items are statements of self-evident truth.
5. Because legalized abortion robs fathers of their fundamental rights as parents, and their Biblical authority as heads of their households.
6. Because women are degraded and harmed by the choice to kill their own children.
7. Because even in the case of rape or incest, a child must never be required to pay for the sins of his father.