Two Heartbeats

I have been delaying this post for quite some time as I have wanted desperately to be as charitable, knowledgeable and thoughtful with regard to abortion as one can possibly be. To describe it as a hotbed issue is a severe understatement. On one hand, its opponents portray the action as a literal genocide of the innocents while its proponents portray it as defense of bodily integrity (perhaps the single most obvious moral value). There can be no doubt as to why such an issue would bring great division, anger and even violence. So what do I intend to accomplish with this piece, aside from solving the debate for everyone so we can all just get along? Well, I want to try and shed some light on how proponents and opponents, especially those at the forefront of the debate, cast the issues unnecessarily in binary, black and white terms, most of which are irrelevant to the ultimate question with regard to abortion. First,

let's load the deck for the Pro-Life position... For the sake of this discussion, we will assume that life begins at conception. We will assume both that the Biblical passages and the scientific/philosophical arguments for life beginning at conception succeed, and that the Biblical passages and scientific/passages against life beginning at conception fail.For the sake of this discussion, we will assume that "personhood" also begins at conception. We will assume both that the Biblical passages and the scientific/philosophical arguments for personhood beginning at conception succeed, and that the Biblical passages and scientific/passages against personhood beginning at conception fail. For the sake of this discussion, we will assume that all people know these truths (whether they admit it or not). We will assume that anyone having or performing an abortion knows they are killing a person. Thus, for the sake of this discussion, we will assume that abortion is intrinsically immoral. Unless it is counterbalanced by stronger moral…

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