Abortion: Simplify. Clarify. Don’t Overthink It.


Bottom Line: Things that make sense, always do so on all levels. Spiritual, intellectual, logical, practical, moral, financial. In this essay, I’ve examined abortion from a purely logical perspective. Each of the other perspectives, and those I’ve left out, merits its own essay. You’ll note that in this essay, I didn’t address the “Oh, yeah? What about my body?” question that the pro-deathers ask. This is because, as a society, we’re not proposing to kill the woman.


Abortion.

Simplify. Clarify. Don’t overthink it.

Question: When is it okay to kill a baby? Answer: Easy — never.(1)

Is “it” — the fetus — a baby? Well…

Fact: The pro-death movement hasn’t offered any evidence whatsoever to the contrary.

Fact: Without being pedantic about it, the pro-death movement has only asserted that “personhood” begins at the moment of physical separation from the mother. They never offered any actual evidence of that.

Fact: Since then, the pro-life movement has offered piles of evidence that the fetus is, indeed, a person in full. Including heart beats, brain waves, independent movements, and more.

Is abortion the killing of a baby? The overwhelming preponderance of the evidence indicates that it is.

If we’re going to act — make laws, establish policies, rules and regulations, formulate priorities — shouldn’t we do that in the context of at least the preponderance of the evidence?

But, wait! Wait! What about rape and incest?

Again, no need to overthink it. Rape is terrible. Incest is wrong. That still doesn’t make it right to kill a baby.

Bad things happen to people … like earthquakes, or fires, diseases, toothaches, discrimination, or crimes like robbery, murder … rape. None of these terrible, difficult, hurtful things changes a simple fact: killing a baby is wrong. If a fetus is actually a baby, then killing him or her is wrong. Always.

Yet again, no need to overthink it. Current policies and laws that are overwhelmingly on the side of killing babies … make no logical sense whatsoever.(2)

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) And why? Well, here’s the slightly long-winded answer to a pretty simple question: in every society, group, country, civilization, city, town, county, state in history — no exceptions — the governing state of mind has concluded that a person should be killed only under extraordinary circumstances. And in all such cases, the person being killed should have committed some heinous act that makes it so that the killing, while repugnant, is nonetheless necessary. Even bloodthirsty tyrants have always cooked up elaborate stories of terrible perfidy against their intended victims, often following that with splashy show trials, that “prove” that the intended victim needs to be killed.

(2) Things that make sense, always do so on all levels. Spiritual, intellectual, logical, practical, moral, financial. In the above essay, I’ve examined abortion from a purely logical perspective. Each of the other perspectives, and those I’ve left out, merits its own essay.

You’ll note that in this essay, I didn’t address the “Oh, yeah? What about my body?” question that the pro-deathers ask. This is because, as a society, we’re not proposing to kill the woman.

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