So What if It's a Life? (Why We Can't Kill the Unborn...Even If Some Think We Can)
by Randy Hardman
A few days ago a friend left a link on my Facebook wall which stunned me. “So What if Abortion Ends a Life?” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on the topic of abortion. Reading Williams’ article left me speechless, wondering how it is that we have gotten as a society to a realization that yes, it is a life, to simply asking ‘When is it best to kill a child?’ The notion that we are okay with killing innocent human life and, indeed, celebrate it as an achievement as Obama recently remarked, sickens me in the pit of my stomach. Articles like the one above are especially discouraging as it indicates the level of depravity our culture and morals have come to.
I am not sure whether I would rather have someone who blatantly insisted over and over again that abortion was not the termination of a human life or, instead, someone who would be unnervingly honest about the fact that it is a human life and still argue for abortion. There is something messed up in both frames of mind, the first being a denial of what is scientifically and ontologically real and the second simply betraying the moral conscience which we all possess. It is even more depressing to see how Williams just casually throws in her conclusions with a “So what?” (I’ll be honest, I read this with a sort of snarky valley-girl dialect, but that may just be me).
Williams writes, “When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand.”
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This statement is honest and this may, in fact, help to clarify some of the misconceptions about what abortion really is. Contrary to those who want to argue that the fetus is something distinctly different, embryology has consistently shown that from the moment of conception it is a human through and through. Development occurs, no doubt, but development does not determine what kind of thing something is. Even in the case of twinning, we are merely left with a distinction between distinct and unique, not a question of kind. And, of course, as Williams points out, the very woman who would get an abortion from a group of cells early on will later on rejoice at the moment of her conception when she does desire to be a mother, insisting that she is carrying for a life and a baby. Desire has no impact on whether someone is categorized as a life or not.
But Williams continues, “Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal…a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.”
It’s almost unbelievable that the notion of “created equal” is, once again, being relegated to the zone of archaic beliefs. This statement should terrify you…
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