Conservatism: When Does Human Life Begin?
What differentiates me from you? What differentiates us from monkeys? What differentiates us from every other species alive?
Our DNA, the blueprint to life, is what differentiates me from you
and us from other species. The moment that we are given our genetic
makeup is at conception. From that moment on our body knows what we’re
going to look like. Sure, our genetic makeup might not determine our
exact hair color, height, or intelligence but it does determine what
basic range we’re going to fall in. Your blueprint was written at
conception and due to that fact alone I believe that is the line of
demarcation between non-life and life.
We become human once our DNA is completed. That is the only answer
that truly makes sense for me. Arguments about the lack of feeling or
development of the embryo are ridiculous. It requires such a
magnificent disdain for human life that it boggles my mind. You have to
be so selfish to even consider abortion. Rubbing out nascent life, for
whatever reason, is murder.
At least one ethicist I know about has said there is no real difference between a newborn and a late-term fetus.
If you don’t immediately recall who this ethicist is, he is the one who
said that it is alright to kill a disabled newborn. The only good thing
I can say about him is that at least he is consistent.
Let me tackle feeling pain first. Basically, so what? Just because
someone cannot feel that their brains are being sucked out doesn’t make
them inhuman. Besides, who really knows whether or not they can feel?
Maybe they can feel pain at a very early stage. But even if they cannot
feel pain until a few months after conception it does not mean that
they aren’t human. They are human beings in the earliest stages of
The abortionist argument really hinges on the development of the
fetus. They have to convince people that after a certain amount of
development a mass of embryonic “goo” becomes a person and after that
point abortions are wrong. Their problem lies in determining the point
where life begins. As the aforementioned ethicist points out, there
really is no developmental difference between a human shortly before
and after birth. Killing a mentally disabled newborn is the same as
aborting a mentally disabled fetus in the third trimester.
A lot of people seem to understand this point so the abortionist
stance has evolved into allowing abortions to happen up to the
beginning of the third trimester. And yet problems still remain. The
main problem is that fetuses are humans progressing through the
different stages of development. Someone who was conceived yesterday
has the same basic building blocks as someone conceived two months ago.
Heck, they have the same building blocks as you or me. They’re just
early on in their development.
Unfortunately, abortions still persist. Undoubtedly it makes life
easier for the mother and father and everyone else who would have had
to care for the baby in the short term. For some women it will not
bother them for the rest of their lives and they will be glad that they
got rid of their “mistake.” But for many women it is different.
I’ve heard many women come out and say that having an abortion was
the biggest mistake of their life. After they aborted their babies they
came to realize they had just killed off human life. They just killed their baby. I cannot even imagine the pain they have to live through the rest of their lives.
The whole thing is very sad. I have nothing but empathy for the vast
majority of these women. They probably do feel like they’re backed into
a corner and their only out is to get rid of their baby. They are in an
extremely tough position and they will regret their decision for the
rest of their life.
Abortion is a touchy subject for many people. There are a hundred
different side arguments to this issue and the likelihood that it will
ever be outlawed in America seems awfully remote. In the meantime all
you can do is live by your principles and help others out in their time
The battle over abortion is about so much more than killing fetuses,
it’s about the sanctity of life. If we do not continue to force the
abortionists to retreat, human life in all stages before and after
birth will become fungible. BigT