The Morality of Abortion


“The progeny of two humans is always a human.  That’s just biology.”         

I just read a post from Helvidius, a Pachyderm including the quote above by theobromophile its owner.  You should check it out.  I was going to post a comment and decided that I wanted to expand my comment to a post of my own.  I had been doing some research for just this occasion and here it is: 

Since I have been examining the question of abortion since 1967 it seems that the basic question comes to the “personhood” of the “baby,” “Fetus,” “Embryo,” or “Zygote” as you may please.  There has been much discussion (though you don’t hear those on the left using this much any longer) as to the “viability” of the fetus as it relates to when an unborn child has “personhood” and thus protected by the laws of man and has the civil rights that its humanness affords it.

Thomas Aquinas has summed it up the best as far as I am concerned.  He said that when an action is to be taken it is incumbent on the actor to establish its morality in advance.  In this case, determining when human life or personhood begins is incumbent on the person that would take the moral action, otherwise, according to what Aquinas said, that person must follow the “morally safer” course.  In the case of Abortion it is the responsibility of the “pro abortion” crowd to prove that human life does NOT exist and therefore the law of society and the civil rights of the individual do not come to bear.  Since I have never heard any evidence that disproves the personhood at conception or otherwise establishes personhood at a later date, this moral dictum applies to the would be abortionists and would serve to stop that action, otherwise the result would be “immoral.”  This Thomistic Principle is a long held and understood mandate that has also been understood by others beside me.  Allow me to quote some of them:

“the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life.”   Ted Kennedy 1973

“abortion is morally wrong. It is not a legitimate or acceptable response to any problem of society. And if our country wishes to remain true to its basic moral strength, then unwanted as well as wanted children must be unfailingly protected.”   Ted Kennedy 1976 after the decision on Roe v. Wade

“It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong, “Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected ……”   Al Gore 1984

“arguably the taking of a human life.”  “It is my deep personal belief that abortion is wrong.”  Al Gore  1984

he still regarded abortion as the taking of “innocent human life”  Al Gore 1992

There are others that are now not only “pro-abortion” as opposed to when they spoke of abortion being wrong in the past but also consider the pro-lifers to be some type of Neanderthal type of beings.  What changed that made them so learned and the rest of us so stupid.  It is hard to determine exactly why they have changed their views so militantly, but it should be noted that there is a common pattern between this change and their aspiration for “national political office.” 

You have heard attacks from the left and the media concerning certain Republican candidates that have switched their position to “pro life” as though it is some type of crime, all while they are conspicuously quite about these flips flops from pro life to pro abortion.    Thanks to Neil at 4 Simpsons Blog for the Fetus Graphic above.


14 Responses to “The Morality of Abortion”

  1. 1 writerchick May 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Steve,
    Good post. The quotes were gold. Amazing what unbridled ambition and lust for power can do to a person, isn’t it?

  2. 2 theobromophile May 27, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out.

    Great post… and those quotes are amazing. More later. 🙂

  3. 3 tieki rae May 27, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Great post, Steve. I think that the “burden of proof” is an argument not used frequently enough within the pro-life defense. After all, isn’t it just common sense to err on the side of life? For me personally, it is incredibly obvious that an unborn child is just as much a living human being as any other person at any other stage of development. However, if someone is genuinely unsure whether or not a “fetus” possesses personhood or not, they should, as you pointed out, err on the side of life until they know for sure.

  4. 4 stevereenie May 27, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    WC, Thanks, I thought those quotes were gold too.
    theo…….. Glad to link back to you
    tieki, Thanks, this is a point that should be inherently understood by all, which ever side of the matter they come from. I remember when the left said that it was moral to have an abortion up until “viability” and then they debated in the courts what viability constituted since it couldn’t be established medically or consistently. Since then left has continued to move their argument closer to actual birth, they got off that viability bandwagon and emphasized the “rights” of the mother. That to me is a obvious tip off that they realized that their former argument was full of ****. They never consider the question based on morality. If it comes up they simply change the subject to their judgment on the morality of not taking care of unwanted children. I think that this again proves the fact that their viewpoint is bankrupt, they know it and this tactic proves it.

  5. 5 mommyzabs May 27, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    We live in a generation that is largely focused on what is convenient for them. Many don’t live beyond the moment. Many don’t plan. Many think the world revolves around them. I struggle with that and have to rebuke it daily. I wonder if in such a self-centered, materialistic, pragmatic, here-and-now, R v Wade can be over-turned… even though time after time the “pro-choice” arguements are easily refuted. At what point will people be honest and say, they just find that life inconvenient and that justifies them murdering it. God forbid we call it what it is.

    When I was at Ohio State you wouldn’t believe the rukas a pro-life demonstration that showed large photos of aborted fetuses made. I remember being in a class at the time of mostly women. They came in shaken up and angry. They couldn’t believe such horrible images were being forced on them on campus (the campus where i was approached by hare christna’s daily with vegan soup, where i had to see women bare their chests on gay pride day, where i had to walk by people “getting it on” in the park regularly…. but this was offensive. When I asked them further about what it was exactly that offended them more… the horror of abortion or the pictures causing them to face it… they were a tad bit pissed at me for awhile. And had no answer.

    Truth hurts. Reality for a generation brain-washed that abortion is no big deal… is a hard thing to wake up to. It means admitting a lot. It means guilt. It means facing you may have murdered. No doubt there were girls in my class that had abortions. Planned Parenthood was always busy there. My heart broke that this pain of seeing those pictures would for most of them be channeled into anger over being showed the pictures, rather than anger that they were sold a lie.

  6. 6 stevereenie May 28, 2007 at 12:16 am

    MZ, true, true, ture, clap, clap, clap,

  7. 7 totaltransformation May 28, 2007 at 7:04 am

    But without abortion how will I live a promiscuous lifestyle and avoid the consequences? How will I have affairs and avoid responsibility for the children produced therefrom? What if I just don’t feel ready to be a parent. Isn’t that enough to justify killing the new life inside me? After all it is only a “parasite.”

    Wow, makes me sick talking like a pro-choicer. Even if only for one paragraph.

  8. 8 Neil May 28, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Yes, golden quotes. If someone dug hard enough they’d find some from Jesse Jackson et al as well.

    If the MSM weren’t so biased they would have relentlessly bashed the pro-choicers for their conversion. Every scientific advancement (e.g., 4-D ultrasounds) and study about the effects on women (e.g., depression) goes against the pro-choice argument, so how could the politicians shift so dramatically if it wasn’t for personal enrichment?

    Great points, MZ. People think women should have unfettered rights to kill their unborn children but aren’t strong enough to see some pictures without swooning.

  9. 9 theobromophile May 29, 2007 at 2:53 am

    TT: Oddly, a lot of people do use their enjoyment of sex to justify abortion. The rationale is that they should be able to have sex for fun, since sex is (supposedly) fun.

    Under that rationale, I have zero clue why rape and harvesting organs from other people wouldn’t be legal, as both could be justified on hedonistic principles.

  10. 10 Angel May 29, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Hiya Steve…complex topic no doubt..kudos for tackling it!

  11. 11 Barbara (Xerraire) May 30, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    A great and precious approach to this topic. I will hold your writings with me as I use it to talk and educate others who fall for the mainstream idea of abortion.

  12. 12 the Grit May 31, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Hi s,

    You are correct; abortion is definitely immoral. In fact, it is obviously murder. I’m still in favor of it, in many cases, considering how over populated the world is, and our insane adoption system in the US. I just want people to admit that they are murdering their children. If they can live with that, then I think it best to weed those genetic traits out of the general population. Further more, I would go so far as to, in certain cases, advocate retroactive abortions. Which, I should point out is not that far from being the law of the land. I’d bet there are four votes on the Supreme Court for it tomorrow, if the right case was presented.

    the Grit

  13. 13 theobromophile May 31, 2007 at 3:32 pm


    Yeah… it kills me how the evolutionists are the ones aborting themselves out of existence.

  14. 14 the Grit June 1, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Hi t,

    What a marvelous way to put it.

    the Grit

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