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The Right to Life: When Does Human Life Begin?
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:14:30 AM »
The Right to Life: When Does Human Life Begin?By: Francis J. Beckwith

Throughout the history of the abortion controversy, many have put forth criteria by which to judge whether a human organism has reached the point in its development at which it is fully human. Some criteria are based on so-called "decisive" moments in fetal development. Others are based on certain conditions any entity — born or unborn — must fulfill in order to be considered "fully human." And others argue that there is no "decisive" moment but that the unborn's rights increase as its body develops. I believe that all these views are flawed. I will argue that the pro-life view that full humanness begins at conception is the most coherent and is more consistent with our basic moral intuitions. In order to defend this position adequately, I will — both in this article and in the final installment of this series — critique a number of decisive moment and gradualist theories, whose defenses contain many objections to the pro-life view.

From: http://www.equip.org/articles/the-ri...es-life-begin-

Q: I am against abortion, except for when it is a case of rape, incest or the life of the mother at risk. However, what is the difference then between all those who use contraceptives and abortion after conception? IMHO it is hypocritical of those who believe in right of choice by all right to lifers who use contraceptives. Please tell me what the difference is.


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