For those few of you who are unfamiliar with the divisive debate about abortion, let me fill in some of the details for you. You see, for the most part, the argument revolves around when life begins.
Those of us who are staunchly opposed to abortion believe life begins at conception. So for us, in effect, there is no significant moral difference between aborting a fetus that was conceived five minutes ago and taking a baby out of his cradle and smashing his head with a rock. In both cases, an innocent human life has been savagely ended.
On the other hand, abortion advocates will tell you that life begins at some arbitrarily defined point — birth, the third trimester, when the baby can survive outside of the womb, something along those lines. Up until that point, they will tell you that the baby is simply a lump of flesh, a parasite, a pile of goo, etc, etc, anything but a human life. Therefore, they’ll tell you that it doesn’t matter if you abort the fetus because no human life is being lost.
Trying to mix those positions doesn’t work very well.
For example, if I told you that I believed that life began when the mother gave birth to the child, but that I still opposed abortion, you’d be left be scratching your head. Why wouldn’t I support getting rid of a mass of non-viable tissue? Would I feel the same way about let’s say a tumor or liposuction? In other words, being anti-abortion without believing that life begins at conception would seem to be an intellectually inconsistent position.
Then there are the amoral few who believe that life begins at conception, yet still support abortion. Off the top of my head, I can only think of only three people who apparently hold that position: Murderess Susan Smith, “The Father of the Animal Rights Movement,” Peter Singer, who’s openly pro-infanticide, and the Democrat’s candidate for President, John Kerry. On Sunday, JFK said,
“I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. But I can’t take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist…who doesn’t share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America.”
This is a bizarre & unbelievable take on the abortion issue. As I’ve said before,
“Simply put, conservatives believe life begins at conception. Since that’s what conservatives believe, then it logically follows that conservatives believe an abortion is nothing less than the murder of a baby. And what type of degenerate would you have to be to believe that abortion is infanticide and yet still support it?
Well, what sort of degenerate is John Kerry? How is it that he can believe that every abortion ends an innocent human life and yet regularly receive a 100% rating on his voting record from pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood?
Moreover, John Kerry’s attempt to play the “separation of church and state” card doesn’t wash. Trying to claim that you believe life begins at conception while almost unconditionally supporting abortion for others is like saying you wouldn’t ever drown your own children in a bathtub, but have no problem with other people doing it.
In other words, you don’t have to be a religious zealot in order to favor passing laws against what you view as infanticide, you only need to have a sense of common decency. That’s something that Senator Kerry sadly seems to lack.