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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Extremely Late-Term Abortion

Via Nick Kronos.

Go read Nick's money quote. It's a keeper.

The thing about Singer's position (basically arguing that newborns can be killed because they aren't self-aware) is actually very consistent. Consider that a fetus is utterly helpless, and that without medical intervention it cannot survive outside the womb, left to its own devices. The same, of course, is true of a newborn child. If you simply leave it to fend for itself, it will quickly starve or die of exposure, because it has no motor skills, extraordinarily limited means of communication, no means of procuring food or protection from the elements.

In other words, the newborn is as completely and totally dependent upon a provider as is the fetus. If the state cannot pass a law to protect the fetus, there is no logical reason it should have the power to pass a law to protect the newborn. The attribution of "living" status at the time of birth is completely arbitrary, determined by the Supreme Court, and can therefore be changed by the Supreme Court to some other arbitrary point in time, such as the fifth birthday.

The foregoing, of course, is designed to demonstrate just how sick I find pro-choice arguments to be.