The Fetus Is Not Fully Human Because It Is Dependent On Another.

This is taken from Is Abortion Really So Bad?  by Dr. Joel Beeke, a pastor, theologian and seminary professor.

The Fetus Is Not Fully Human Because It Is Dependent On Another

What is the justification for legal abortion? Let us examine the arguments used by those who promote abortion to determine on how strong of a foundation this practice is based.

Argument 2:

The Fetus Is Not Fully Human Because It Is Dependent On Another.

Is a baby kangaroo not a kangaroo because it lives in its mother’s pouch? Of course not. The location and situation of a human being does not make him or her any less human. Arguments for abortion based on dependence tread on dangerous ground. If dependency makes a person less human, then on that ground we would have the right to kill infants outside the womb, people on dialysis, handicapped people, and the elderly. May we kill all dependent people?

Consider two mothers several months into their pregnancies. One child is born prematurely, and the other remains in the womb. The first is utterly dependent on medical intervention to survive, and the other on her mother’s body. Is it right to kill the prematurely born baby? How would the hospital staff react if the mother entered the neonatal ward with a knife to attack her child? If it is not right to kill the premature child, then why is it right to kill the child in the womb? Both are dependent. Both are children. Both must have legal protection.


For a short video on this aspect of providing pro-life answers, check out this post.

Does Human Personhood Depend on Degree of Dependency?

The Fetus Is Not Fully Human Because It Is Dependent On Another.

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