As you may have noticed, I’ve been carrying on a discussion recently with a reader called “Notabilia.” The main subject has been abortion. He is convinced that I am a lunatic and a religious zealot because I consider the unborn children to be human and therefore deserving of the same respect as those of us who have been born.
He does not believe the unborn person is a person until birth, so I have asked him to tell me how he knows this to be true. Seems like a pretty simple request, right? It is not enough to simply assert that the unborn person is not a person because science uses terms like zygote and fetus to describe the unborn. Is there some reason why he thinks the words “fetus” and “person” are mutually exclusive?
As a pastor, I have held the hand of several women who have had miscarriages. As a man, I can sense the depth of their pain but really can’t imagine it. I’ve never had new life created within me.
I will never, never forget the burial service I led for a baby who died in utero abut four months before the expected date of birth. It was a time with all the depth and importance of a service for anyone else, born or unborn. We were burying a beloved baby, not a zygote or a fetus.
And this is little Sammy with his mother a few years later. Did that right hand become a human hand only after birth? If you believe so, can you give a reason for your belief?