When does human life begin?

Is abortion morally wrong? I think it is.

Next few posts: dealing with the most common justifications for abortion.

First up: Pro-choice has to do with a woman’s right to do whatever she wants with her own body.

The ‘it’s my body’ argument.

Response: Is abortion a women’s issue? Is this about a woman’s right to choose? Well, that’s how it is characterised. But the thinking here is flawed. Why?

Because although abortion affects women far more profoundly than men, the reason why abortion is a topic for debate doesn’t have anything to do with ‘choice’ or it being ‘a women’s issue.’

Those two are smokescreens.

How so? Have you ever seen a sonogram? Ever seen a developing fetus in the womb? If you’ve had kids, you’ll know that viewing that squirming image on the screen generates strong emotions. That’s your child in there and you know it.

The issue is and always has been this one:

When does human life begin? Is that a human child wriggling about in there?

That’s the question. That’s what the abortion debate is all about. Someone who states ‘but it’s my body’ isn’t making an argument at all. They’re simply assuming that the fetus is part of a woman. But that’s the very thing the debate is trying to answer. Simply stating your view doesn’t constitute an argument. What’s needed is your grounds for believing that the fetus is ‘part of a woman’s body.’

Allow me to appeal to your intuition. You know the truth of this statement:

It’s wrong to kill innocent human beings.

You don’t need a Bible to know this. You just know it. That’s why this isn’t a religious argument. It’s a moral argument based on our moral intuitions. If it’s wrong to kill human beings, then the only question which needs answering is this one:

Is the fetus a human being?

Next time, I’ll answer that question.

 

 

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