Sunday, July 5, 2020
Dependency: Here the pro-choice activist argues that a fetus is not fully human because they are totally dependent on another human being in order to live. But if that’s the criteria, you can ask about people with disabilities or elderly who are dependent upon others to live. Furthermore, newborns and toddlers are considered to be dependent on other human beings to live.
Mr. Vogt likes to bring up the following scenario: Suppose two scuba divers are exploring and underwater cave, when the first diver’s oxygen tank fails. She can only survive if she gets air from the second diver’s tank, and let’s assume the second diver has enough oxygen for the both of them. The first diver is now completely dependent on the second diver. Does the second diver now have the right to pull out a knife and kill the first diver because of her dependency?
Thus, Dependency not a quality unique to the unborn that disqualifies it from being considered a human being. The Pro-choice bioethicist Peter Singer agrees. Writing in Practical Ethics, “[T]here is no doubt that from the first moments of its existence an embryo conceived from human sperm and eggs is a human being.”
In Christ, Ken.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Following up on the acronym SLED (What To Say and How To Say It by Brandon Vogt.) where S is for Size. L is for Level of development. E is for Environment. D is for Dependency.
Environment: Here the pro-choice activist argues that a “fetus is not yet in the world.” Not so. While they may not be directly visible to us, the unborn are indeed in the world. Not only are they in the world at large, they are precisely where they are supposed to be. The womb has no other innate purpose than providing a safe haven for the nourishment and development of this specific human being. By definition the womb is the “organ in which the young are conceived and grow until birth.”
Thus, Environment is also is not a sufficient reason for denying the unborn their innate right to life. This criterion is not unique as a person is a person whether in a house, an igloo, an incubator or a womb.
In Christ, Ken.