Anyone who’s a regular reader of this blog will know that I’m not a fan of abortion. The argument from pro-abortionists is often along the lines of ‘let’s decide a date upon which the unborn becomes human’, which strikes me as a little ridiculous.
But look no further than the Journal of Medical Ethics, some very important and intelligent people have put some proper thought into it, and concluded (as I would), that there’s literally no difference between newborns and the unborn outside of criteria which would make no difference to someone’s personhood in other circumstances:
- location (in the womb) – you’d never say someone was ‘less human’ for being in a different location
- size (very small) – little people are not ‘less human’ than tall people
- development (still undergoing physical development) – aren’t we all?
- dependency on the mother – let’s kill disabled people while we’re at it, shall we?
There’s clearly no difference in personhood (and therefore human rights) between the unborn and the born. So go over to the Journal of Medical Ethics and check out what they’re proposing (and I quote, because I almost don’t believe this):
By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.
Ignoring the point about where newborns/babies in the womb are disabled (what difference does that make?) do you see how this argument is absolutely ridiculous? They demonstrate clearly that newborns and the unborn are no different (go and read it, it’s pretty obvious), but conclude that therefore newborn babies are not ‘actual persons’.
God help us.
The full paper’s available here.
- Court rules unborn is ‘child’ (wnd.com)
- Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle: True Story of Dr. Stojan Adasevic (catholicglasses.com)
- If life doesn’t begin at conception, then where do we draw the line? (liveactionnews.org)
- We know they are killing children – All of us know (revivalandreformation.wordpress.com)