Russell and Duenes

Africans, Lobsters, and the Unborn

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Abraham Lincoln said in his well-renowned speech at Peoria in 1854,

Equal justice to the south, it is said, requires us to consent to the extending of slavery to the new countries. That is to say, inasmuch as you do not object to my taking my hog to Nebraska, therefore I must not object to you taking your slave. Now, I admit this is perfectly logical, if there is no difference between hogs and negroes.

As I read this, I thought that, with slight modification, it would also apply to the pro-abortion argument:

Equal justice to those who favor legalized abortion, it is said, requires us to consent to the extending of a woman’s choice to abort her child to all nine months of pregnancy. That is to say, inasmuch as you do not object to my taking the life of my lobster I purchased at the fish market, therefore I must not object to you taking the life of your child. Now, I admit this is perfectly logical, if there is no difference between lobsters and unborn humans.

Of course, this is not a major argument of the “pro-choice” side, and we can understand why. They still want to retain some sense of “the value of human life,” while preserving any mother’s right to take her child’s life through all nine months of pregnancy. Also, saying that a woman’s unborn baby and a lobster have equal value doesn’t sound too good “on the street.”  But practically speaking, the lives of lobsters in our society are probably more protected from taking by the average citizen than unborn babies are from taking by their mothers. Consistency then would seem to demand that, when it comes to what a mother is legally allowed to do to her unborn child, we say that there is no difference between lobsters and unborn humans as to their right to live, or indeed, that lobster life is even more valuable than unborn human life.

But the so-called “right” to abortion has never been about consistency or logic. No, there has always been some other interest upon whose altar we are willing to sacrifice their lives.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

December 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

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  1. The title could extend to Africans, Lobsters, the Unborn and Cats. See why here:
    http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/us/2011/12/30/intv-az-humane-society-outrage.cnn
    -R

    russell and duenes

    December 30, 2011 at 10:03 am


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