On Life, Love, and Reason: How Belief Equals Fact

Think through this. Just because you believe that a fetus is a live human being, it doesn't mean there should be laws reflecting that belief. For church and state to be fully separated, our societal structures, such as judgements made by the Supreme Court, cannot depend at all on any religious writings or beliefs. Our laws must be impartial. So, in the case of abortion, the choice should always be up to the mother, whether she will carry the fetus to term.

Just because you believe that a fetus is a live human being, it doesn't mean there should be laws reflecting that belief.

Abortion is not murder. It is not infanticide. It is a only a medical procedure and is morally neutral.

Now consider the problem with the above conclusions. There is no science, no observable fact, to back up the belief that a fetus is not a person. There is no way to argue that once a sperm has penetrated an egg reproduction has not taken place because it has. We know that as fact. To be pregnant is to have another person living inside of you. As soon as reproduction occurs, the are two beings instead of one.

Belief has to do with value. The question is if unborn people have equal value, and therefore deserve equal rights under the law, to people who've been born. At this point the law says no, they don't. Is this based on scientific, observable, fact? No, it isn't.

There is no science, no observable fact, to back up the belief that a fetus is not a person. There is no way to argue that once a sperm has penetrated an egg reproduction has not taken place because it has.

It is based on faith, on a collective ideology, that very closely resembles, if not copies, a justification of race-based slavery. At this point in history, one man having ownership of another man is deplorable; we believe human beings should not be owned. Ownership suggests that one person has greater intrinsic value than another.

This conclusion, that one person is greater in value than another, is false in every instance it is used. In reality, all human beings are equal in value, equally made in the image of God. And the words human and person are synonyms.

There should be laws protecting embryo because there should be laws protecting the lives of all people. And there is no reason to believe an embryo is not a person. The belief that there is a real distinction between human and person is based on religion -- a false one.