Frederica Mathewes-Green: “How can we tell whether it is a person or not?”
I hope that Frederica Mathewes-Green would not feel I’d slighted her by quoting such a substantial part of her recent post. This is just so well put that I wanted to share it with you. If you have time please click on the link below so that her sight will receive the traffic it deserves.
“In the Roe v Wade decision, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that, if the fetus is a person, the right to abortion collapses. (Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113  Section IX.)
How can we tell whether it is a person or not?
Here’s what science shows. From the beginning, the unborn is:
1. Alive. It is living and growing, always increasing in size and complexity.
2. Human. Its body is composed entirely of human cells.
3. Individual. It has unique DNA. If a cell from the mother, the father, and the unborn child were examined side by side, it would reveal that they came from three different people.
The case against abortion rests on scientific facts: the unborn is a unique, living human individual.
The case for abortion rests on personal opinion: adults who think the unborn is not a person, for whatever private reason, are legally allowed to kill them.
Justice Blackmun said that the right to abortion collapses if the fetus is a person. Yet, all these years after Roe, pro-choice people are still unable to prove that it is not. The abortion debate would end if they could prove it’s not a person, but they’re unable to do that.
Instead, they change the subject. When I used to do debates, long ago, I noticed that if I attacked abortion, my opponent would not defend abortion. Instead, she would attack me.
But even if pro-lifers were terrible people, it would not make the unborn child a non-person.
Even if a child is abused, it does not make her a non-person.
Even if a child is sick or disabled, it does not make her a non-person.
Even if a child is rejected and unwanted, it does not make her a non-person.
Even if a child is helpless and dependent on its mother, it does not make her a non-person.
The child in the womb is the same person she was as a single cell, a cell already marked with her unique DNA. She is the same person she will be as a newborn, a toddler, a teenager, a grandmother. A person’s life is a seamless continuum.
Pro-choice people are unable to disprove that. All they can do is change the subject.”
Original post here.