Burning off the dross

Steve Wagner’s One Minute Pro-Life Argument

Steve Wagner provides a nice quick, one minute pro-life argument:

If the unborn is growing, it must be alive. And if it has human parents, it must be human. And living humans, or human beings like you and I, are valuable aren’t they? From conception, all that’s added to the unborn is a proper environment and adequate nutrition. But those are the same things all of us need. And not only that. There’s one quality all of us have equally that demands equal treatment: we all have a human nature. Racism and sexism are wrong because they pick out external differences and ignore the underlying similarity between men and women, blacks and whites. And my concern is for your rights as a woman, that you can vindicate them against the will of the majority, but you can only vindicate your rights if you base them on your human nature. But the unborn also has that same human nature, so shouldn’t we protect him from discrimination just like we protect minorities and women?

One Comment

  1. This would be a great argument except that those for whose use it is intended DON’T protect minorities against discrimination. It was the religionists who fought in favor of slavery, against inter-racial marriage, women’s suffrage, civil (racial) rights, and now GLBT rights. The same argument you make for criminalizing abortion you make against gun-control laws and public assistance programs affecting those same folks, if they were not aborted and allowed to be born and raised in poverty. In what way do you address THOSE concerns?