After reading through parts one and two of STUCK, one might wonder how someone could possibly argue in favour of abortion after it is proven that the pre-born child is a living human being. Sadly, as Part Three begins by pointing out:
The human rights argument is an effective tool, but it isn’t always enough to convince others that human rights belong to the pre-born as well. Pro-choice academics have recognized the conflict between abortion and human rights since the very beginning. To counter the human rights argument, they set out to develop an explanation as to why human rights do not necessarily belong to this particular group of human beings. The concept they use to muddy the waters of reason is not a new one. It is the same idea used throughout history to enable the strong to prey on the weak: the concept of legal personhood. “Yes,” they agree, nodding wisely, “you are correct. The fetus is a human being. However, it is not a person. Persons are those beings which are valuable to the extent that we bestow upon them fundamental human rights.”
While the pro-life case is airtight, it isn’t wise to assume that the pro-choice movement has never considered our arguments. Many people that the CCBR team speaks with on the streets are entirely convinced by the human rights argument, recognizing the simple logic that human beings are endowed with human rights, and these rights ought to begin when the human being begins. However, the pro-choice movement isn’t without its academics and philosophers. Our culture is wholly committed to a lifestyle that labels children as inconvenient, and as is evidenced by organizations such as the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, they will defend abortion with everything they have.
Many don’t realize that pre-born children are, in fact, human beings, or just haven’t considered the matter closely. Too many others have analyzed the situation extensively and come up with creative arguments to ensure that doing away with the most vulnerable members of the human family remains an option for everyone. The logical gymnastic routines they perform are dizzying, but no matter the somersaults and flips, the pro-life case has answers. Part Three goes into these arguments in detail, and defences that may have seemed too complicated to break down, at least in a short conversation, are taken apart piece by piece. You don’t have to be a philosopher to explain why abortion is wrong, you just have to know the best way to communicate the truth.
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