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Empowerment, Not Judgment: A Biblical Rebuttal to Hannah Meador's Critique

In a recent article titled "The Cost of Changing the World", Hannah Meador criticizes young girls who developed an app aimed at helping women find abortion-related resources. At Stop Pastoral Abuse, we find this perspective not just flawed but also morally questionable.

Firstly, the audacity of labeling these young girls as influenced by "the world's evil" is not just an ad hominem attack; it's a moral judgment that assumes a universal standard against abortion. While Meador cites Psalm 139 to emphasize the sanctity of life, let's not forget that the Bible also teaches us not to judge others. Matthew 7:1 states, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Who are we to pass judgment on these young minds who are trying to solve real-world problems?

Moreover, the Bible teaches us about the importance of wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." These young girls are applying their wisdom to address a complex issue. They are not promoting evil; they are seeking solutions based on their understanding of a societal problem.

Meador, you claim that these girls are influenced by "evil," but what about the evil of denying women agency over their own bodies? The United Nations has explicitly stated that restricting access to abortion is a violation of women's human rights (source). Are we to ignore this empowerment in favor of a narrow interpretation of Scripture?

Your article leans heavily on emotional and religious arguments, conveniently ignoring the separation of church and state that defines the United States. While you're quick to quote the Bible, you neglect to consider that religious texts should not dictate public policy in a pluralistic society. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 9:22, "I am made all things to all men," emphasizing the importance of understanding and adapting to diverse perspectives.

Furthermore, you cite alarming abortion statistics without context, painting a picture of moral decay. However, you fail to consider the complex circumstances that lead women to seek abortions. A study in the Journal of Medical Ethics shows that most women who seek abortions do so for compelling reasons (source). Where is your compassion for these women? The Bible teaches us in Galatians 6:2 to "Bear ye one another's burdens," yet your article seems more interested in casting stones.

In conclusion, your article's moral high ground is a shaky one, built on judgment and a narrow interpretation of Scripture. We at Stop Pastoral Abuse believe in empowering young minds to tackle real-world issues, not labeling them as "evil" for stepping into controversial terrain. We stand in vehement disagreement with your perspective and invite you to consider a more compassionate, nuanced, and yes, even Biblical approach to this complex issue.

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