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Monday, November 23, 2015

Stith on "Facing the Unborn"

A few months ago, Richard Stith had a really thoughtful essay in First Things called "Facing the Unborn."   This really jumped out at me:

Michael Kinsley, writing in 2006 in theWashington Post, expressed his utter bewilderment at opposition to embryonic stem cell research. “I cannot share, or even fathom, [the anti-research] conviction that a microscopic dot—as oblivious as a rock, more primitive than a worm—has the same human rights as anyone reading this article. . . . Moral sincerity is not impressive if it depends on willful ignorance and indifference to logic.”

What's so, so wrong with Kinsley's statement is that it simply is not the case that we are talking, in this context, about something that is "a microscopic dot -- as oblivious as a rock, more primitive than a worm"; that's not what even the smallest and youngest human person is.  (For a smarter elaboration of this point, check out Robby George's and Chris Tollefsen's Embryo:  A Defense of Human Life.)



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