Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and euthanasia at the Summit Forum

Scott Klusendorf, President of the Life Training Institute
Scott Klusendorf, President of the Life Training Institute

Here’s the video, featuring one of my favorite pro-life speakers Scott Klusendorf. Scott is the founder and President of the Life Training Institute. LTI’s mission is to make a rigorous, rational defense for pro-life positions with respect to a variety of ethical issues.

Three topics:

  • right to life of the unborn
  • reproductive technologies
  • end of life questions

40 minutes of guided discussion, 20 minutes of Q&A. This video was apparently recorded in the summer of 2016.

Abortion:

  • the 1-minute case for the pro-life position (excellent)
  • dealing with those who dismiss the pro-life case as religious
  • how and when do people win arguments?
  • how does one get better at discussing moral issues?
  • who are some of the best books to get informed about life issues?
  • what are some of the best books from the other side?
  • what is the SLED test? do pro-abortion scholars accept it?
  • if abortion were illegal, who should be punished and how much?
  • is it inflammatory and dangerous to say that abortion is killing?

Assisted reproductive technologies:

  • how should we speak to people considering ARTs?
  • what is the underlying issue in ART discussions?
  • should pro-lifers be opposed to all use of ARTs?
  • what should pro-lifers think about surrogacy?
  • which books provide an introduction to ART ethics?

End of life issues:

  • what is the central issue in end of life discussions?
  • should treatment always be continued or are there situations where treatment can be withdrawn?

Final issues:

  • if a student wants to take courses in bioethics, where should they go to take courses or do a degree?
  • what is the policy situation for pro-lifers in terms of legislation and SCOTUS decision-making?
  • what are some policies that pro-lifers can support as incremental measures that move the issue in the right direction?

I liked this discussion. I tried to listen as someone new to the issue and he did a good job of not assuming any prior knowledge of the debate. My favorite part was his survey of books and arguments on the other side, and what they say. I don’t think that most people realize what the implications of the pro-abortion worldview really are for things like infanticide, and so on. The discussion about who should be punished for abortion and how much was new to me – and that actually came up during the last election, during the GOP primary. Personally, I would let the woman get off, and just prosecute the doctor.

It’s very very good to listen to crystal clear thinking on these controversial issues from someone who has encountered the other side in their writings, and in public debates with them. Not to mention having to interact with people making decisions in these areas.

3 thoughts on “Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and euthanasia at the Summit Forum”

  1. WK: “Personally, I would let the woman get off, and just prosecute the doctor.”
    Then, you would be an enabler. If we are serious about believing abortion is murder, how can we not punish the woman? This is my major complaint with various pro-life groups these past 30 years that I have been involved in pro-life work. You can go after the supply side and drive abortionists out of business or incarcerate them. But, if you do not address the demand side, you won’t end or even significantly reduce abortion in the US. Demand creates its own supply. (Consider the large “black market” for firearms and illegal narcotics in the US.)
    As to classes in bioethics, interested individuals need to be aware that mainstream bioethics has largely been used to rationalize and justify all the assaults on innocent life from abortion to assisted suicide to denying severely handicapped newborns medical care and food and water.

  2. I agree with WK. We are only talking politics here, and not absolute right and wrong. let’s get a small victory, and then we can focus on the next step. Intellectually, I agree that the woman is also committing a crime, but there is no real possibility of getting the law to acknowledge this.

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