Let’s talk ethics.
But first, let me say this: while there are some things that do get under my skin and make me strengthen my tone, I in no way regret the decision to post this series. I do not grieve over the squabbles in the comments. I see a bunch of people with strongly held views struggling with how to relate those to the content of posts, and that pleases me. Because in fairly considering our values, we find challenge and growth. That growth doesn’t have to align with my own value system for me to take pleasure in it.
Now, let’s talk about ethics.
I have rarely heard an argument made adainst first trimester abortions that wasn’t based off of religious belief. I have heard ethical arguments against abortion beyond that point- for example, once the brain stem is fully formed and functioning, the fetus ought to be considered a human being; or that once the fetus would be considered viable should it be born, it should be considered equal in rights to a born child.
I have heard no such argument for a first trimester abortion.
Note that I am not saying that such an argument cannot rationally exist- just that I have never heard such an argument.
Let’s not have an unequal argument. If one person says, “this is the code of medical ethics” and another says “this is the code of religious ethics”, they aren’t having a debate. They are simply reiterating their own feelings without consideration for the point of the other. And if I am the one with religious beliefs, it is MY cross to bear that I must lower myself to the level of the debate at hand, rationally evaluate the arguments of my peers, and try to discredit them on their own value, or accept them as the only rational truth to be observed in the absence of belief in God.
Yes, I realize this is a highly uncomfortable fact, but we cannot foist our religious beliefs on other people to save them from their own immorality. That immorality is a choice afforded to them by God himself, and a state whose consequences they alone will bear.
Now, I understand that when it comes to abortion rationales such as my own become tenuous- because if it is to be believed that abortion is equal to murder, it’s not someone’s own immorality that we are condemning, but instead a life that we are attempting to save.
Then we must return to the question of proof. How is one to prove that it is murder?
My challenge to you, today, is to make a rational argument that a fetus under the age of twenty two weeks gestation is equal in value to a born child, without the use of any religious or moral arguments or religious texts.