Above is an excerpt from ‘Personhood’ by Lauren Zuniga, which can be viewed here.
This doesn’t even make sense. Nobody is arguing for making it legal to slaughter foster kids, immigrants, gays, transgender kids, inner city kids, uninsured workers, prisoners, or soldiers. Go ahead and make an argument for your policy preferences that impact any or all of those categories of people, but none of those ideas by logical necessity follow from the position that children in the womb should be protected from murder.
Guess what? I am pro-life. I think the state has an interest in protecting the rights of unborn children to be alive, including those that may turn out to be foster kids, immigrants, gay, transgender, inner city kids, uninsured workers, prisoners, and soldiers.
Zuniga’s attempt at a coherent argument is an epic fail.
[W]hen circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.— Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, in the Journal of Medical Ethics, via this article.
— Canadian MP Stephen Woodworth (via stereo-farts)
Don’t accept any law that says some human beings are not human beings! No Member of Parliament should remain silent in the face of any law that says some human beings are not human beings.
Now there might be some people who can convince themselves that a child magically transforms into a human being when their little toe pops out of the birth canal…However, I’ve concluded that modern medical science will inform us that children are in reality human beings at some point before the moment of complete birth.
History is littered with disastrous examples of laws which pretended some people were not human beings to achieve some desired result or suit someone’s philosophy…Just laws must be based on accurate evidence, not arbitrary lines unrelated to reality. If there’s no objective criteria for who’s a human being, then personhood and the fundamental rights that go with it can be defined in any way any powerful person or group decides. Is that the Canada you want?
Been waiting for this one. Technically it was his baby too. Complicates the logic even further.
See this CNN article for the background details of this man’s depraved act. He has since been convicted and sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison. His act is no more or no less depraved than if his girlfriend had decided to kill their child own her own. This is why our culture must change. This is why killing unborn children must end.
Something like 90% of babies diagnosed in the womb with Down’s Syndrome are aborted.
The left likes to cite extreme scenarios in support of totally unrestrained access to abortion, yet less than 1% of abortions are performed in an effort to save the life of the mother or baby.
That’s an awful lot of children sacrificed on the altar of “convenience.”
If you look closely at this young girl you’ll notice that this child is missing her right arm. That’s because her arm was ripped off in the process of an abortion on New York’s Lower East Side in October of 1991. Ana Rosa was 32 weeks old at the time of the abortion. It was performed by legal abortionist Abu Hayat. Rosa, Ana Rosa’s mother (who was only 20 years old at the time), had told Hayat that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go through with the abortion.
"He said that it was impossible to stop, that I had to continue," Rosa told New York Newsday. According to Rosa, Hayat’s assistants held her down while he sedated her. When she awoke, she was told that the abortion was incomplete and that she should come back the following day. That evening, however, she experienced increasing pain and bleeding. Her mother took her to Jamaica Hospital by taxi, where, five hours later, baby Ana Rosa was born. Aside from the loss of her right arm, Ana Rosa is a perfectly healthy little girl.
Confront the cruelty of human abortion. Stand in defense of Ana and the millions of other children like her that are preyed upon by a society who’s selfishness has driven them to the depths of depravity.
Stand between a child and her abortionist. Don’t let any more children like Ana be delivered into the sick hands of a ‘doctor’ willing to dismember her alive.
Remember - this is legal in the United States of America. Help me to change that.