“You’re wrong.” The student I was speaking to looked at me calmly and confidently. “Life doesn’t begin at fertilization,” he continued. “Life begins when there’s brain activity. You’re dead when your brain stops; you’re alive when your brain starts.”
In attempting to make the case that a certain level of cognitive function is necessary to grant human rights, this young man had made a pro-life case to himself. I didn’t need to convince him; I only needed to help him delve a little deeper into the premise he had just presented.