Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Logic of Abortion

The basic case against abortion can be expressed in a fairly simple and clear-cut argument:
  1. Intentionally killing an innocent human person always is morally wrong.
  2. Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human person.
  3. Therefore, abortion is always morally wrong.
There are only really four ways to challenge this argument, and therefore only really four ways of justifying abortion:
  1. One might deny the second premise: by denying what is killed is a human being;
  2. One might deny the second premise: by denying what is killed is a human person;
  3. One might deny the second premise: by claiming that even if abortion involves killing an innocent human person, it is not intentional killing and therefore need not be morally wrong.
  4. One might deny the first premise: usually, by arguing it is sometimes right to kill an innocent human person for the sake of some ulterior end, or for the sake of avoiding bad consequences.
There we have it. I wonder, however, whether the rationality of the pro-abortion position even matters; it has been my experience that with abortion, it is the will - not the intellect - that is leading the pro-abortionist. In short: it does not matter what evidence one can marshal demonstrating the unreasonableness of abortion; people respond from a basic position of Nietzschean power, or callous moral indifference, "I don't really care about the truth of your argument one way or the other. They should have the right to . . . "

No matter the complete illogic of the position. These people want their power. They are worse than a despotic king: at least the king felt the need to justify his power by way of (moral or political) authority.

Pro-abortionists just want power.

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