It is an odd thing to say because it implies, and may do so accurately, that pro-choice advocates do not believe life begins at conception.
This interesting language is part of the problem with the entire right to life debate. To that end here are some facts that are not disputable.
- Life, as a matter of biology and scientific fact, comes into existence when the embryo is created; at conception.
- Abortion kills that innocent, unborn, human life.
That’s pretty much it.
The remainder of the debate is disputable and subject to widely varying opinion.
The disputes of opinion center on two key points
- To what degree does society value that unborn life
- At what point may the state intervene to prevent the mother from having her unborn baby aborted.
That’s pretty much it. All the other topics can be located within that pretty simple and straight forward framework.
When some one argues, “it’s a fetus” or “it’s not a baby” they are trying to argue dehumanize the unborn baby the because let’s face it, killing an unborn baby is a pretty ugly act. It is a method of self-delusion that they would have you share. It denies the facts.
When some one argues, “it’s her body it’s her choice” they are arguing that the unborn life is of no value (never mind the tragic irony of denying the unborn baby any choice in the matter).
When some one argues, “if you don’t like abortion don’t have one” they are again arguing that the unborn has no value. It is an attempt to end the argument without engaging facts or opinions.
When some one argues, “you’re a man this doesn’t directly effect you” … the unborn has no value (as well as ignoring the fact that babies cannot exist without a man involved at some point and engaging in the fallacy that if I am not directly impacted I cannot have an opinion. OJ killing his wife didn’t directly effect me but I doubt anyone would dispute that it is reasonable for me to hold the opinion that it was wrong). It is an attempt to preclude debate.
What legal abortion advocates must accept is that abortion kills a living, innocent unborn human life. People can have widely varying opinions on how much they value that life and when or whether the state may or must intervene but they cannot dispute the facts.