As an atheist and a secular kinda guy, I practice moral relativism regularly. Still, I always have struggled mightily with the ethics and politics of abortion. Apparently, I’m not alone.
A new Gallup Poll claims that for the first time since 1995—when the question was first asked by the organization—most Americans consider themselves to be “pro-life” rather than “pro-choice.”
After a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the question. I oppose the death penalty because of the slim chance innocent people will be executed and because I don’t believe the state should have the authority to take a citizen’s life. So don’t I owe a nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?
Now, you may not consider a fetus a “human life” in early pregnancy, though it has its own DNA and medical science continues to find ways to keep the fetus viable outside the womb earlier and earlier. It’s difficult to understand how those who harp on the importance of “science” in public policy can draw an arbitrary timeline in the pregnancy, defining when human life is worth saving and when it can be terminated…. (Source)
Besides pointing out the remarkable sea change in public opinion in only three years surrounding the issue of abortion, this gentlemen shows how the militant fundamentalists have a very selective view of science. They’ll rage against the Creationists for being “anti-science” when discussing the origins of the universe, but they will fall back to their precious religious position on abortion when they deny what science tells them about human life in the womb. They’ll deny what their very eyes show them in 3 dimensional scans of unborn babies in favour of their militant pro-abort dogma of “choice” and “reproductive rights”.
They’re all for science when it suits them, but maybe not so much when it completely obliterates their selfish and perverse opinions.