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Relative Morality and the “Right” to Choose

Scott on October 23, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Fox News is talking about an upcoming special titled “Facing Reality: Exploring Abortion Through 3 Women’s Right to Choose.” According to the article:

The show explores the abortion issue through the eyes of three women confronting what is undoubtedly the hardest decision they’ve ever made.

Later on, gynecologist Dr. William Harrison says:

It is a moral crisis for them … this is not a black and white issue. It’s not something that you can say, you know, ‘This is good and this is bad.’ It’s a mix … The woman who’s making that decision is the only person that can make that moral choice for herself.”

Maybe the good doctor is forgetting that “the woman” of whom he speaks is also making “that moral choice” for the unborn child.

I wonder what WOULD make it a black and white/good and bad situation in this doctor’s eyes? If the child was a month old and was then ripped apart or had its brain injected with a saline solution…would THAT be black or white? What about if the child was a week old? Would that make it good or bad? And what about if the child was one minute old, fresh from the birth canal? How black and white/good and bad would it be then to kill it?

To paraphrase Shakespeare…moral relativism by any other name smells as bad!

I wonder if the Fox News broadcast will touch on these ideas:

Medical Definition of Life and Death – Brain Wave Activity: A flat EEG (electroencephalograph) is one of the primary criteria used to determine death. If the cessation of brain wave activity defines death, shouldn’t the onset of brain wave activity define life? Fetal brain waves are detected approximately 40-43 days after conception.

Medical Definition of Life and Death – Heart Beat: A stopped heart is typically a clear sign of death. If the cessation of heartbeat can define death, shouldn’t the onset of a heartbeat define life? The heart is formed by the 18th day in the womb.

Fetal Pain: A fetus in the womb feels pain. If that is the case, then what kind of inhumanity would allow a doctor to butcher an unborn fetus within the womb?

Genetic Distinction Between Embryo and Mother: A developing embryo is genetically different/distinct from the mother. A developing embryo is also genetically different from the sperm and egg that created it. If an individual’s distinctive “humanness” is partly defined and identified by things like finger prints and DNA, then why shouldn’t an unborn child receive the same kind of consideration?

I’m not sure if I’m going to watch this show. It has the potential to do a lot of good in exposing the inconsistencies within the pro-abortion camp, but this write-up gives all the indication that it will be playing morally-relativistic footsie with the “pro-choice” side of things.

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