Since abortion is still legal in our state, even after Roe v. Wade was overturned, I thought I would review Professor Prager’s video about whether abortion is immoral.
Professor Prager presents five strong arguments:
- It doesn’t matter if a fetus is a person or not – living beings have value and rights.
- If it’s immoral to kill a baby right after birth, how can it be moral to do it earlier?
- Only society, and not a mother alone, may decide the fate of fetuses and newborns.
- If it is immoral to kill a newborn, then it is immoral to kill a fetus.
- If some reasons for abortion are immoral, then all reasons for abortion are immoral.
Let me now explain each of them a bit further, sometimes using Professor Prager’s quotes.
1. It doesn’t matter if a fetus is a person or not – living beings have value and rights.
Professor Prager uses scientific fact to prove that a human fetus is human life. He says, “It is a scientific fact that a human fetus is a human life.” It is also a living being. He points out that “dogs and other animals” are also living beings and have both value and rights. This was interesting, because before this I thought it was not immoral to kill a dog in some cases. But now I believe it is immoral and should never be done in any case, because the dog has rights.
2. If it’s immoral to kill a baby right after birth, how can it be moral to do it earlier?
It is obviously not moral to do it earlier, because it is immoral to do it right after birth. Professor Prager explains that pro-abortionists believe that the mother has the right “to end her fetus’s life under any circumstance, for any reason, and at any time in her pregnancy.” This definitely does not seem right to me, and it doesn’t to Professor Prager either. He says, “Either a human fetus has worth or it does not.” This makes the decision simple: it does.
3. Only society, and not a mother alone, may decide the fate of fetuses and newborns.
The mother should not have the right to choose whether a fetus should live or not. And, Professor Prager points out, even the father shouldn’t. It should be society that decides.
4. If it is immoral to kill a newborn, then it is immoral to kill a fetus.
I was confused at first, because this is the same point Professor Prager made as argument #2. (I looked closely and there was nothing really added.) But I think he reiterated this point because it is so very important. If it is immoral to kill a baby right after birth, then ergo it cannot be moral to do it before birth.
As Professor Prager puts it, for pro-abortionists, “killing a fetus a few months before birth is no more problematic than extracting a tooth.” Their comparison is absurd. It makes you wonder about them.
5. If some reasons for abortion are immoral, then all reasons for abortion are immoral.
I had to think about this one for a while, but I believe Professor Prager is using logic. Which means, logically, if one type of thing is immoral, then every type of thing is immoral.
He provides a thought experiment of if it were possible to determine in the womb whether a baby was going to be gay or not. He explains that no one would agree that it’s okay for a woman to decide to abort the fetus just if it was gay. Therefore, no one should agree that it’s okay for a woman to decide to abort the fetus for any reason whatsoever.
I think with this fifth argument, Professor Prager ended his video on a high note. Pro-abortionists have all sorts of crafty arguments why abortion is not immoral, but if you use logic, it is clear to see that either a fetus has worth or it does not. It does.
(Connor Edison is a fictional character.)