Abortion: opposing viewpoints by Mary E. Williams

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When asked by the press what he thought of the GAP display on a university campus on which he was recently speaking, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said, “I feel that it’s wrong. ” Perhaps Mr. Wiesel has never read Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” which compared the brutalization of Jews in Germany with the brutalization of Blacks in America. In it, the great civil rights leader built on the consensus that the Holocaust wasn’t mere evil, it was intolerable evil.

Is it human? 3. Is it a person? 4. Is it physically independent? 5. Does it have human rights? 6. Is abortion murder? Let’s take a look at each of these questions. We’ll show how anti-abortionists use seemingly logical answers to back up their cause, but then we’ll show how their arguments actually support the fact that abortion is moral. Is It Alive? Yes. Pro-Choice supporters who claim it isn’t do themselves and their cause a disservice. Of course it’s alive. It’s a biological mechanism that converts nutrients and oxygen into energy that causes its cells to divide, multiply, and grow.

This negates one common argument—that the unborn isn’t human, or else every time a man ejaculated, or a woman menstruated, an “unborn” dies. Obviously this is ridiculous—a sperm without an egg and an egg without a sperm does not constitute human life. Once there is the union of a sperm and egg, the 23 chromosomes are brought together in one cell with 46 chromosomes. Once there are 46 chromosomes, that one cell has all of the DNA, the whole genetic code for a genetically distinct human life. It isn’t a “potential” human life, or 37 Abortion Frontmatter 2/26/04 3:34 PM Page 38 some “other” type of life because something non-human does not magically become human by getting older and bigger—whatever is human must be human from the beginning.

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