Human beings don’t value other human beings for their size, their level of development, their environment or their degree of dependency. When we do, we are wrong to do so. If someone murders another human being from a hate for that person’s race, not only do we consider the act of murder abhorrent, but the specific motive is an evil in itself.
Pro choice advocates have done a good job of confusing the public debate with the language of women’s rights while failing to answer the question of the moral status of the unborn. The pro-choice movement’s failure to address this question with honesty and clarity was on brilliant and tragic display last year at about this time when Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Palosi, and Joe Biden all gave similarly ambiguous answers to the question of the moral status of unborn life.
But that question is the only question of relevance. If they can answer that definitively, clearly and persuasively, they have won the argument.
No one argues about the reality of human life in the womb. The facts of biology testify that there is continuity of human life across its life stages, from conception to death. Instead, the debate has to do with the nature of that life and the moral status of that life. Is it the kind of life worthy of protection? Does it have moral dignity? We all agree that certain kind of life is worthy of protection. That’s why we have laws against murder. But when does one qualify as having the moral status worthy of that protection by fellow human beings?
The pro-choice position must argue that a human being acquires certain and necessary faculties or features to qualify as having dignity worthy of protection. Size, level of development, environment and degree of dependency do matter.
In the following interview, Mike Huckabee interviews a former Planned Parenthood Executive Director about her experience witnessing an abortion and deciding to turn in her keys. The ultrasound made obvious the obvious: No one’s right to choose what they do with their body extends to the jurisdiction of another human life. The unborn have rights of their own, endowed by their creator.
HT: Justin Taylor