There is only one reason to oppose abortion: which is that a child, once conceived, is a human being, like you and me, endowed with certain inalienable rights, amongst which are ’Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’.
Since this assertion is fundamental and unequivocal, those who hold to it, in the cant phrase of the moment, are called ‘extremists’. And those who think that, in some circumstances (albeit restricted), abortion should be permitted, are called ‘moderates’. But consider. What are the possible extenuating circumstance which would permit a homicide?
The classic case, of course, is self defence. If you are certain of another’s intent to end your life, you may with impunity, end theirs. But there needs to be no margin of error; and there needs to be obvious intent. Merely brandishing a knife or gun is not evidence enough. Moreover, criminal action by one party (however abhorrent or vicious) would not sanction the murder of a third party, even if the third party could be shown to be implicated in the crime (or somehow responsible for it). To claim such a murder as a compassionate act would be to compound the crime.
Considered in this way, few of the ‘exceptions’ permitting abortion cited by ‘moderates’ bear examination. They are, in most cases, simply a license to kill. But then, such cases are incidental to the basic position of ‘moderates’, who, on further consideration, emerge as the real extremists. Their declared (or often undeclared) premise is that the child in the womb is not a human being, and has none of the attendant rights: not even to Life, much less to ‘Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’.
It is remarkable, in the United States of all places, that so-called ‘extremists’ and so-called ‘moderates’ should presently be engaged in a legal battle to the death. And that accusations of racism should have featured in that struggle. The country which fought to end slavery and gave the world a resounding declaration of human dignity, demeans itself by such a wrangle.
O say does that
star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
PS. There is no need to bring God into all this (though, of course, Thomas Jefferson did so, in his Deist way). The arguments against abortion are able to stand by themselves. ‘We hold these truths to be self- evident’.