Sunday, July 03, 2022

Roe v. Wade - Overturned



(One more time, to keep it in play... I have been making this argument for decades. Moral arguments transcend legal decisions.)

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. That is good, to all of us who think it is wrong to kill innocent, defenseless humans. It is not, however, good to those who think there are reasons to kill innocent, defenseless humans.

I am not being overly dramatic, or rhetorical. That is, precisely, the issue. For if the conceptus/embryo/fetus is not a human life, then who cares what we do to it?

My pro-life reasoning goes like this.

1. It is morally wrong to kill an innocent, defenseless human being to solve another problem.

2. The conceptus/embryo/fetus is an innocent, defenseless human being.

3. Therefore, it is morally wrong to kill a conceptus/embryo/fetus.

What about premise1? I allow for one exception; viz., if killing the inborn child is required to save the life of the mother. Other than that, I find arguments against premise 1 unconvincing. (On abortion "to solve another problem, see my synopsis of Francis Beckwith here, and here.) Note: If you disagree with premise 1, then you believe it is not morally wrong to kill an innocent, defenseless human being. (Another note: Someone told me premise 1 is just my opinion and, therefore, can be dismissed. They fail to understand that every statement is a belief, or an opinion. Even their statements. To say "That's just your opinion, so we don't have to adhere to it," commits an ad hominem fallacy. The logical point is, is premise 1 true? If it is true, it is true for everyone. That's the nature of logic.)

Premise 2 - I have found no good reason to doubt this.

Therefore, the conclusion stands, and the pro-life belief is logically sound and valid. It also fits with my Christian worldview, which tells me that I was knitted and formed in my mother's womb (Psalm 139:13; that "knitting" did not begin when I was "viable" - how absurd and arbitrary), and that before God formed me in the womb, he knew me. (Greg Boyd, when asked his stance on abortion, said "I am pro-life to the core of my being.")

If you don't like what I am saying, at least understand me. When Roe v. Wade was passed, many of us were scandalized, and have had to live with it for decades. Are you willing to understand why? Here are some of my posts, if you are interested. (And note - we have always supported and continue to support ministries like this one.)