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ABORTION
making the case
elective abortion unjustly
takes the life of an
innocent human being.
THE PRO-LIFE
ARGUMENT
intentionally killing an
innocent human being is
a moral wrong.
PREMISE #1
elective abortion is the
intentional killing of an
innocent human being.
PREMISE #2
therefore, elective abortion
is a moral wrong.
CONCLUSION
if the pre-born child is an
innocent human being,
then elective abortion is
always a moral wrong. SUMMARY
THE BIG QUESTION
is the pre-born human?
If the unborn is not human, no
justification for elective abortion is
necessary. But if the unborn is
human, no justificatio...
science history
human
rights
ELECTIVE ABORTION IS A MORAL WRONG
we can make the case through:
MAKING THE CASE science
SCIENCE SAYS
the pre-born is human
the pre-born has all the characteristics
of a human being
FOUR CHARACTERISTICS
of the pre-born child
the pre-born child is
complete: all the
information it needs is
there and it simply needs
time to grow.
COMPLETE
the pre-born child is
unique: it is not a part of its
mother, but is genetically
distinct from her.
COMPLETE
UNIQUE
the pre-born child is living:
it is growing, developing,
undergoing metabolism,
and responding to stimuli.
COMPLETE
UNIQUE...
the pre-born child is human:
living things always produce
after their own kind, so
humans beget complete,
unique human bei...
SO HOW IS THE PRE-BORN
different?
S.L.E.D.
S.L.E.D. was created by Stephen Schwarz
the pre-born is smaller
than born humans (but size
doesn’t determine our
humanity).
SIZE
the pre-born is less
developed than the born
human (but our level of
development doesn’t
determine our humanity).
LEVEL OF...
the pre-born is in a
different place than the
born human (but where we
are doesn’t determine what
we are).
ENVIRONMENT
LEVE...
the pre-born is more
dependent on its mother
than the born human (but
our degree of dependency
doesn’t determine our
human...
humanity is not dependent on:
size
level of development
environment
degree of dependency.
therefore, the pre-born is a complete and unique
HUMAN BEING.
here’s a helpful tactic:
trot out the toddler
Note: “Trot out the Toddler” was created by Scott Klusendorf
much of what is true of
the pre-born is also true
of the toddler.
toddlers differ from adults in
size, level of development,
environment, and degree of
dependency.
can we kill a toddler we do
not want? can we kill a
toddler with developmental
abnormalities?
if it isn’t justified for the
toddler, it isn’t justified for
the pre-born child.
THE CONCLUSION FROM SCIENCE:
the pre-born is human
historyMAKING THE CASE
HISTORY SAYS
we must not separate
humanity from personhood
abortion says
some humans are not persons.
history proves that we only ever separate
personhood from humanity for
nefarious purposes.
“in the eyes of the law… the
slave is not a person.”
1858
Virginia
Supreme Court
“an Indian is not a person
within the meaning of the
constitution.”
1881
American
Law Review
“the meaning of ‘qualified
persons’ does not include
women.”
1928
Canada
Supreme Court
“the Reichgericht itself
refused to recognize Jews…
as ‘persons’ in the legal
sense.”
1936
Germany
Supreme Court
“The law of Canada does
not recognize the unborn
child as a legal person
possessing rights.”
1997
Canada
Supreme Court
we never separate humanity
from personhood for
good reasons.
a living human being is a person,
no matter what the law says.
the slave is a person
the Indian is a person
the woman is a person
the Jew is a person.
the pre-born child is a person
no matter what the law says
no matter what society says
no matter what politics says.
THE CONCLUSION FROM HISTORY
we must not separate
humanity from personhood
human
rightsMAKING THE CASE
HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS
the pre-born has the right to life
if you believe in
universal human rights,
you must believe that
human rights belong to
all humans.
“everyone has the right to
life, liberty and security of
person.”
!
“everyone has the right to
recognition everywhere as
a...
“every human being has
the inherent right to life.
This right shall be protected
by law. No one shall be
arbitrarily depri...
“everyone has the right to
life, liberty and security of
the person and the right
not to be deprived
thereof…”
Canadian
Ch...
if human life begins
at fertilization,
human rights must
begin at fertilization.
but, from fertilization,
the pre-born child
is denied the most
basic human right:
the right to live.
This is a
gross violation
of human rights.
THE CONCLUSION FROM HUMAN RIGHTS
the pre-born has the right to life
science history
human
rights
THE CONCLUSION FROM
because the pre-born child is a human being,
elective abortion is always ...
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.
God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act...
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
!
Abortion by R.C. Sproul
Why Pro-Life? by Randy Alcorn
Innocent Blood by John Ensor
The Case for Li...
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  1. ABORTION making the case
  2. elective abortion unjustly takes the life of an innocent human being. THE PRO-LIFE ARGUMENT
  3. intentionally killing an innocent human being is a moral wrong. PREMISE #1
  4. elective abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being. PREMISE #2
  5. therefore, elective abortion is a moral wrong. CONCLUSION
  6. if the pre-born child is an innocent human being, then elective abortion is always a moral wrong. SUMMARY
  7. THE BIG QUESTION is the pre-born human?
  8. If the unborn is not human, no justification for elective abortion is necessary. But if the unborn is human, no justification for elective abortion is adequate. GREG KOUKL
  9. science history human rights ELECTIVE ABORTION IS A MORAL WRONG we can make the case through:
  10. MAKING THE CASE science
  11. SCIENCE SAYS the pre-born is human
  12. the pre-born has all the characteristics of a human being
  13. FOUR CHARACTERISTICS of the pre-born child
  14. the pre-born child is complete: all the information it needs is there and it simply needs time to grow. COMPLETE
  15. the pre-born child is unique: it is not a part of its mother, but is genetically distinct from her. COMPLETE UNIQUE
  16. the pre-born child is living: it is growing, developing, undergoing metabolism, and responding to stimuli. COMPLETE UNIQUE LIVING
  17. the pre-born child is human: living things always produce after their own kind, so humans beget complete, unique human beings. COMPLETE UNIQUE LIVING HUMAN
  18. SO HOW IS THE PRE-BORN different?
  19. S.L.E.D. S.L.E.D. was created by Stephen Schwarz
  20. the pre-born is smaller than born humans (but size doesn’t determine our humanity). SIZE
  21. the pre-born is less developed than the born human (but our level of development doesn’t determine our humanity). LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT SIZE
  22. the pre-born is in a different place than the born human (but where we are doesn’t determine what we are). ENVIRONMENT LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT SIZE
  23. the pre-born is more dependent on its mother than the born human (but our degree of dependency doesn’t determine our humanity). DEGREE OF DEPENDENCY ENVIRONMENT LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT SIZE
  24. humanity is not dependent on: size level of development environment degree of dependency.
  25. therefore, the pre-born is a complete and unique HUMAN BEING.
  26. here’s a helpful tactic: trot out the toddler Note: “Trot out the Toddler” was created by Scott Klusendorf
  27. much of what is true of the pre-born is also true of the toddler.
  28. toddlers differ from adults in size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency.
  29. can we kill a toddler we do not want? can we kill a toddler with developmental abnormalities?
  30. if it isn’t justified for the toddler, it isn’t justified for the pre-born child.
  31. THE CONCLUSION FROM SCIENCE: the pre-born is human
  32. historyMAKING THE CASE
  33. HISTORY SAYS we must not separate humanity from personhood
  34. abortion says some humans are not persons.
  35. history proves that we only ever separate personhood from humanity for nefarious purposes.
  36. “in the eyes of the law… the slave is not a person.” 1858 Virginia Supreme Court
  37. “an Indian is not a person within the meaning of the constitution.” 1881 American Law Review
  38. “the meaning of ‘qualified persons’ does not include women.” 1928 Canada Supreme Court
  39. “the Reichgericht itself refused to recognize Jews… as ‘persons’ in the legal sense.” 1936 Germany Supreme Court
  40. “The law of Canada does not recognize the unborn child as a legal person possessing rights.” 1997 Canada Supreme Court
  41. we never separate humanity from personhood for good reasons.
  42. a living human being is a person, no matter what the law says.
  43. the slave is a person the Indian is a person the woman is a person the Jew is a person.
  44. the pre-born child is a person no matter what the law says no matter what society says no matter what politics says.
  45. THE CONCLUSION FROM HISTORY we must not separate humanity from personhood
  46. human rightsMAKING THE CASE
  47. HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS the pre-born has the right to life
  48. if you believe in universal human rights, you must believe that human rights belong to all humans.
  49. “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” ! “everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.” United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights
  50. “every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  51. “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof…” Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  52. if human life begins at fertilization, human rights must begin at fertilization.
  53. but, from fertilization, the pre-born child is denied the most basic human right: the right to live.
  54. This is a gross violation of human rights.
  55. THE CONCLUSION FROM HUMAN RIGHTS the pre-born has the right to life
  56. science history human rights THE CONCLUSION FROM because the pre-born child is a human being, elective abortion is always a moral wrong & &
  57. Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
  58. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES ! Abortion by R.C. Sproul Why Pro-Life? by Randy Alcorn Innocent Blood by John Ensor The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf prepared by Tim Challies & André Schutten www.challies.com
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