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Identity Theft : Logically Answering Two of the Most Popular Pro-Choice Arguments
by Sarah Ankenman
For those of you who don't know, I recently started teaching a high school Apologetics class at a Christian school. We recently wrapped up our module on Philosophy and jumped into Ethics this past week. Philosophy is my weak area as a scholar and so I have been reading, studying, and researching like a fiend the past month to brush up on what I learned 2-5 years ago as a college student myself, so that I could articulate the ideas thoroughly and correctly when teaching. In my studies, I came across a video of a lecture by J.P. Moreland in which he gave a case for Mind/Body Dualism. While watching it I was blown away at how simply he gave for the case for the existence of an immaterial soul by appealing to the Law of Identity. The Law of Identity is simply this: A is A. (I know, what a brain buster!) Basically, whatever is true of one is true of the other because they are exactly the same thing. At the time I was teaching on the difference between Mind/Body Monism and Dualism, and I thought, "Okay that’s cool", dropped it into my apologetics toolbox, did my lesson, and moved on.
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It’s My Body
This week, however, when I was working on my Ethics lessons, the current ethical issues of our day came up, and the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart is abortion (You can read my personal story here). So, I started researching different arguments on both sides of the issue and I came across the number one reason that Pro-Choicer’s use to defend Abortion: “If it’s my body, I have the right to choose.” I was like, “Wait, no, it’s not your body!” Of course, before this, I had felt that the unborn had "being" separate from the mother, but how do you prove that logically to a person who won’t accept the Bible’s word for it (Psalm 139:13-16)? But then it hit me all of a sudden- the Law of Identity! A is only A if they share the EXACT same attributes. Every single thing about them has to be exactly the same, or they are not identical. And guess what? Mom doesn’t have the exact same DNA as their kid. Yes, they have half the same DNA (sharing 23 chromosomes), but the baby also has the DNA of the father as well (the other 23 chromosomes), so the baby and the mom are not identical. The unborn child is a completely SEPARATE entity from Mom. The unborn child is NOT the same as the mother’s body so she DOES NOT have the right to choose based on that reasoning…