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5 Quick Points on the Abortion Debate

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1. The issue of abortion can be a psychologically complex issue, but it doesn’t follow from this that it is a morally complex issue: it’s wrong to take the life of an innocent human being without proper justification.

2. One of the first questions that must be addressed in the abortion debate is this: What is the unborn? If the unborn is a human being, no justification for elective abortion is adequate. If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for elective abortion is necessary.

3. Pro-abortion choice advocates commonly make two mistakes when arguing their position: (1) they assume the unborn is not a human being and/or (2) they disqualify the unborn from being a valuable human being based on an arbitrary quality or characteristic, such as size, level of development, environment, or degree of dependency.

4. A strong case for the pro-life view can be made based on science and philosophy. Science tells us that a distinct, living, and whole human being is brought into existence at conception. A sound philosophical argument helps articulate why the pro-abortion choice position should be rejected on moral grounds:

A. It is morally wrong to intentionally take the life of an innocent human being without proper justification.
B. Elective abortion intentionally takes the life of an innocent human being without proper justification.
C. Therefore, elective abortion is morally wrong.

By “elective abortion” it is meant those abortions not necessary to save the life of the mother.

5. What made political liberalism great was a commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of the human community. The pro-life view is the truly liberal position since it is inclusive and seeks to protect the smallest, weakest, most vulnerable human beings: the unborn. Despite this, the pro-abortion choice position has unfortunately become the official platform of the Democratic Party, contributing to the tragedy of 55 million unborn who have lost their lives since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Thanks to Scott Klusendorf, Greg Koukl, and Alan Shlemon from whom I have taken most of the information in these points.

Posted by Aaron

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