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Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice$
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Brantley W. Gasaway

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617725

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617725.001.0001

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The Agony of Abortion

The Agony of Abortion

(p.128) 5. The Agony of Abortion
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Brantley W. Gasaway

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter discusses how progressive evangelical leaders accepted a completely pro-life agenda towards abortion that supported feminism and social justice. The leaders demanded increased efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancies and offered resources to minimize abortion's appeal. For pro-life progressives, opposition to abortion is within their public theology once they concluded that unborn fetuses represented nascent community members. They repeatedly debated that the unborn children represent one of the many endangered and dehumanized groups in society. This later inspired equal rights to all people especially the powerless and oppressed victims of social injustice. Progressive evangelicals insisted that ideal political agendas must protect the life, rights, and dignity of those threatened not only by racism, sexism, poverty, and war but also by abortion.

Keywords:   pro-life agenda, feminism, public theology, unwanted pregnancies, abortion legislation

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