In the JFA ambassadorship training, it is stressed that there is truly only one question that needs to be answered in order to know whether or not abortion is ok. The question is, “what is it?”
The unborn fetus, whether you view it as a mass of tissue or a human being, is biologically alive (it is growing, metabolizing and reacting to stimuli). So then, before we can answer the question of whether or not we can terminate that life, we need to figure out exactly what it is.
If it’s a part of the woman (my body, my choice) then it’s her decision.
If it’s a separate human entity, it’s not the woman’s decision.
See how important this question is? This is the way that I see the answer (and by the way, if you don’t agree, feel free to leave a comment. If you don’t want it published, just let me know. I have to hand-publish all comments)
If it’s growing, isn’t it alive? (as we have already discussed)
If it has human parents, isn’t it human?
And isn’t human life, like you and me, valuable?
Having “one question” also helps to focus the conversation, so that we don’t go off on tangents. The abortion debate especially tends to have a lot of rabbit trails (What if the mother is only 13? What if she’s poor? What if…?).
I think that all hot topics have “one question” of their own that must be answered. For example, in the intelligent design/evolution debate, the one question is “how did it all begin?”. I’m trying to boil down other topics to “one question” as well.
What do you think?