By Editorial Staff
Published April 26, 2008
This FAQ answers some of the frequently asked question concerning feminist spirituality’s connection to abortion. This FAQ is taken directly from the Caretaker Ministries FAQ at: Feminist Spirituality’s Abortion Rites. We have corroborated this piece with information written by Wiccans and Pagans themselves.
Does feminist spirituality justify abortion?
Feminist spirituality promotes a belief that women are goddesses. Within feminist spirituality a woman is taught that she is the goddess incarnate. A goddess is both creatress and destroyer. And, since women are seen as the goddess incarnate, women believe that they wield the power over creation and destruction. A woman that thinks she (not God) is capable of creating life has little, if any, qualms bringing that life to an end. Consequently, abortion is considered a logical and appropriate option for pregnant women.
How does feminist spirituality’s cyclical life view influence the abortion debate?
Practitioners of feminist spirituality agree that the unborn child is a human life, however they don’t believe that life begins at conception. They view life as a cyclical process. Life is in a continual cycle of death and rebirth. A woman that kills her child through abortion believes that her child will be released back into the cosmic force. The aborted child that is released into the cosmos is believed to be awaiting reincarnation. The soul of the child is believed to be simply “free floating” while it awaits a willing mother.
What about the guilt suffered by women after an abortion?
The guilt over an abortion is temporarily minimized by a pseudo-spiritual rationale. Feminist spirituality teaches post-abortion rituals. These rituals are intended to (1) soothe the raw feelings that follow an abortion (2) offer support and encouragement to post aborted women. However, the rituals and communal support offered to post-aborted women erect a barrier between a woman and her conscience. Ritual provides a woman with the means of identifying and communicating her conflictive emotions yet prohibits true resolution through repentance. Communal support reinforces the legitimacy of her “choice.” Through the vehicle of ritual, a woman can release her compunction over her abortion while reaffirming her status as “goddess.” Unfortunately, due to this “spiritual legitimacy” women are that much further removed from guilt that fosters true repentance and personal healing.
Please note that a woman is much more likely to have “repeat” abortions because her experience was glorified.
What are some of the post-abortion rituals and how are they dangerous?
Erecting an altar for an aborted baby; burial; bleeding the blood from an aborted baby onto the earth in honor of “mother earth;” the sewing of baby garments; renewed devotion to a living child in memory of the aborted child; planting a tree; and visualization are just a few of the post-abortion rituals associated with abortion reparation.
Most post-abortion rituals involve a purifying of the aborted woman. During this ritual “cleansing” the aborted woman is encouraged to imagine her aborted child’s soul ascending into the cosmos to share in the cosmic life force. Female friends may participate in the ritual cleansing by offering affirmation in the form of poetry or song. A woman will often bless herself (remember she thinks she is a goddess) after her abortion to regain a pre-abortion state of grace. The purification, the freedom from guilt and sin, that post-aborted women know they need is an inner purification. And that only comes through repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Repentance and the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ is not taught within feminist spirituality’s post-abortion rituals. Therein lies the danger. Without Jesus Christ there is no healing.
What should the Christian response be to feminist spirituality’s abortion rituals?
The Word of God tells us that we are redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). The Bible also states that if we confess our sins we will be forgiven and cleansed through His sacrifice. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). A woman can not be cleansed, experience forgiveness or be released from guilt and condemnation any other way. This includes ritual, positive thinking or self-affirmation. A woman must be convicted of sin before she can repent and she must accept Jesus Christ before she can be forgiven.
We need to rebuke the false teachings of feminist spirituality without alienating women. This is a done through the supernatural love of Christ expressed through us. We must come into a right relationship with Him who created us before we can love His creation. Some practical points:
1. Pray for the woman suffering from an abortion. Pray that the Lord would heal and comfort her through His Son Jesus Christ.
2. Share the Gospel. Often it is the times in our life when we are hurting that becomes the tilled soil for the planting of the Word of God. His word will not return void. (Isaiah 55:11)
3. Love. If your words say, “Jesus loves you,” but your emotions convey hate, you may become a stumbling block to the person you are trying to minister to. Timing is everything. Love is often seen in not just what we say and do but in what we don’t say. Be patient. Wait on the Lord for an opening but don’t be timid. Spiritual discernment is crucial, which brings us back to number 1: pray.
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