Science and common sense are in violent agreement. You’ve been alive since you came into being at the moment of your fertilization. Terminating you at any point from that moment to this moment would result in your death. People who support the right to kill humans while living in the womb continue to embrace three dangerously ignorant ideas now that they’ve been safely born…
- They weren’t alive prior to their birth.
- They weren’t human beings while living in their mother’s womb.
- Abortion isn’t murder because it’s legal and doesn’t kill a human being.
Let’s decompose these assertions. The first premise is a grotesque rejection of science. Even abortionists admit they are killing when they crush a prenatal child’s skull. This isn’t even up for debate, no matter how desperately some want to cling to their delusion. Watch as this first trimester little girl jumps up and down in her mother’s womb.
The second premise is built around the idea that some humans aren’t human beings. Let’s revisit your fertilization. That’s the moment your mother and father’s haploid gametes fused, producing 46 chromosomes, also known as YOU. In other words, you came into being as a human. We commonly refer to humans that currently exist as human beings. To further pull this thread to its logical conclusion, every human being is a person. To summarize: human = human being = person.
The first part of the third premise is true, legally speaking. Murder is defined as the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. Since abortion is currently legal, it’s technically not murder. Let’s take a moment to reflect on history. During the years leading to and including World War II, the Nazi German State killed millions of Jews, among other groups, legally. Few would argue that shooting a Jewish child in the head with a handgun wasn’t murder, yet these same people would argue that killing them in the womb wouldn’t be murder. During American slavery, Africans were considered property and could be killed as livestock with no legal consequences. Although legal, few today would argue that shooting an African slave wasn’t murder. We’ve already addressed the remaining part of the third premise in our discussion of the second.
The bottom line: words don’t change reality, no matter how often they are repeated or how passionately they are spoken. Stated another way — facts don’t care about opinions.
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