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Tracking the feedback on my abortion posts of the last few days (see “Were You Ever an Unborn Child” below), I realize a response is in order. On the Bible Answer Man broadcast this week I offered a simple syllogism to capture the essence of the moral logic of the pro-life position as I see it:
Some observers denounce the use of the word “murder” to describe the destruction of a fetus. Yet this “rhetoric” is completely consistent with the laws of most states, including California.
It doesn’t seem to make sense to say you once were a sperm or an egg. Does it make sense, though, to talk about yourself before you were born? Did you turn in your mother’s womb or kick when you were startled by a loud noise? Did you suck your thumb? If so, were those your experiences or someone (or some thing) else’s?
I am consistently amazed at the “consistently pro-life,” those who reject capital punishment as a matter of principle (the so-called “seamless garment” argument). Exactly what principle is in play here? Strict “pro-life” consistency requires more than opposition to executions. It requires the Eastern doctrine of ahimsa: harm no living thing, including microbes and mosquitoes.
Have you read the Ten Commandments recently? Take a quick personal moral inventory by asking yourself these questions: