Yesterday, The Atlantic published an absurd article, which it promoted on Twitter with the headline: “How the ultrasound pushed the idea that a fetus is a person.” In the article, the author offered a confused and scientifically-dubious diatribe on statutes promoting the use of ultrasound imaging for women who are contemplating abortion.
The article claims that “the current debate shows how effectively politicians have used visual technology to redefine what counts as ‘life.’” And this paragraph in particular perfectly captures the slipperiness of language the Left uses to talk about abortion, in order to avoid the real debate:
Their sponsors act as if ultrasound images “prove” that a fetus is equivalent to a “baby,” and that pregnant women only have to be shown ultrasound images in order to draw the same conclusion. But the “heartbeat” made visible via ultrasound does not actually demonstrate any decisive change of state in the cell mass that might become a fetus.
This reasoning—that the ultrasound “proves” “that a fetus is equivalent to a ‘baby’”—is entirely backward. It isn’t the ultrasound that proves it. It’s science, and it happens at fertilization.
Specifically, when the sperm (a sex cell that contains the father’s DNA) fertilizes the egg (a sex cell that contains the mother’s DNA), a “zygote” with a mix of genes inherited from the parents is formed, which becomes a “fetus” at week eight of gestation. The genetic makeup of the zygote/fetus is human and totally distinct from the parents’. The zygote/fetus is a distinct human being. An abortion is the intentional killing of a human being.
Abortion advocates go to great lengths to avoid this basic scientific fact, by relying on word games, euphemisms, and bad logic.
The question of whether and under what circumstances we should allow the intentional killing of a human being isn’t easy, but it becomes significantly more difficult when abortion advocates try to obfuscate and dodge it. The Atlantic’s article is a terrific illustration of the mental gymnastics involved in avoiding the question. That abortion advocates want to avoid the question demonstrates how uncomfortable they are with the answer.
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