Mirror of Justice

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Abortion and Human Equality"

Today, of course, is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and I want to thank and salute the many thousands of people who are taking part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and in similar events across the country.  Their witness is inspiring, as is their dedication.

Here is an interview with Prof. Francis Beckwith -- a prolific scholar whose work is probably familiar to most MOJ readers called "Abortion and Human Equality."  Here is a bit:

We should always bring the conversation back to the only really important question: Who and what are we? If you can’t answer that question, you can’t answer the question of whether abortion is unjustified homicide or not. As I have already noted, the popular arguments for abortion choice all assume that the unborn child is not one of us. For if he were one of us — as we believe of the two-year-old and the adolescent — these popular arguments would never work. Can you imagine if someone suggested that the best way to reduce poverty would be to require that all poor children under the age of five be exterminated? Yet, many people have argued that abortion is a way to reduce the burden of poverty. Consequently, without first assuming that the unborn child is not a moral subject (and thus begging the question), this sort of argument would not even get off the ground. This is why even some very pressing issues, ones for which the pro-lifer ought to provide answers, can’t really be addressed until one answers that first question.


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