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The “Violinist” argument for keeping abortion legal is an illustration created by Judith Jarvis Thompson for the purpose of clarifying our moral intuitions about abortion by considering a parallel situation. The Violinist story goes like this (see the full, original story here): A woman wakes up to find she’s been attached without her consent to a famous violinist who needs the help of her kidneys for the next nine months in order to live. If the woman detaches herself from him, he will die.
A person doesn’t have to know the Bible in order to know right and wrong, right? Well, yes and no. It all depends on what value system is being fed to that person by society. A society saturated in a Christian understanding of morality will reinforce that understanding, even among its atheists. A society without the background of Christianity behind it will enforce a different understanding of morality. Atheists have the mistaken idea that objective morality is simply obvious to everyone, but the truth is, it’s not.
As a follow-up to last week’s post on the article arguing that the unborn are human lives “worth sacrificing,” it’s important to note that the latest tactic being used by pro-choicers is to equivocate on the word “life”—using it to refer to both the mother’s life situation and the unborn child’s life&mdas
During the radio show on Sunday, Melinda tweeted a link to a quote from an article by Francis Beckwith in response to this question from a caller (paraphrased): If it’s okay to pull the plug on a brain-dead patient who is no longer sentient, why isn’t it equally okay to abort an unborn child who isn’t sentient?
The arguments against slavery were the same as the arguments now against abortion: All human beings are intrinsically valuable and have equal natural rights, regardless of their characteristics.
With all the discussion about abortion today, you might be hearing a charge frequently leveled against pro-life activists: “You only care about children in the womb. You don’t care about them after they’re born!”
Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In 2012, over a million human lives were ended through abortion in the United States, bringing the number of abortions up to 55 million since the Supreme Court decision in 1973.
This is why there's only one question that matters: What is the unborn? (HT: Justin Taylor)
We have to recognize and then fight the human tendency we have to deny the value of people who are different from us. We have to teach intrinsic human value.
In an article titled “Why Indian parents should be allowed to choose whether to have girls,” economist Atanu Dey reacts to the situation in India of “tens of millions” of “missing girls” by saying that the recent laws against sex-selection abortion are the wrong way to go: