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Live Action Detractor Gives Reasons Not to Love The Unborn Child

At Live Action’s channel at YouTube, there are over a thousand comments, both critical and supportive. One in particular caught our eye this week and deserves a response. A viewer offers several reasons not to love the unborn child.

“Let’s see, unborn humans are incapable of feeling pain, incapable of rational thought, and they can not object to abortion. Born humans have instincts, they want to go on living, and that is what makes it fundamentally wrong to kill a born human. A fetus is totally incapable of wanting to live so they aren’t human in the sense they don’t have a “soul” like we do.”

If we consider that science tells us when human life begins, at fertilization, those of us who understand human dignity need no further proof that this life deserves equal protection to be defended from any acts of intentional, physical harm. Unfortunately, not everyone understands dignity and value of the human person. For this reason, we do frequently see arguments for abortion, like those above, that are offered from a strictly scientific vantage point. Do they hold water? Let’s take a look.

Argument #1:  Unborn humans are incapable of feeling pain.

This is actually not true. An unborn child can feel pain as early as 8 weeks gestation. By week 20, the child is even more vulnerable to pain than the average adult would be. Further, the argument that we should be able to kill someone who is not feeling pain would mean that anyone who is unable to feel physical pain could legitimately be killed. This would include many quadriplegics or people paralyzed by coma or, perhaps, even people in a state of drunkenness. Should law enforcement officers be able to physically attack people they’ve arrested for drunkenness? Of course not. Neither should anyone else be considered “fair game” for physical attack, and even murder, based on ability to feel pain.

Argument #2: Unborn humans are incapable of rational thought, and they can not object to abortion.Am I Not A Human?

Certainly, many born persons would also fit under this distinction, including any person who happens to be asleep. This criterion, in practice, would be an argument for killing many thousands of people in mental institutions, or even people who live happily in the world with conditions like severe Down Syndrome. One’s inability to rationally object to his own murder is not a license to kill…but could manifest into a legally protected license to kill if the above argument were to become popular. Additionally newborn babies are not able to suddenly engage in rational thought the moment they are born, should killing them be legal?

Argument #3: Born humans have instincts, they want to go on living, and that is what makes it fundamentally wrong to kill a born human.

Not all born humans have this instinct. Many people who suffer from depression find themselves wanting to commit suicide. The desire to commit suicide is something that should be treated with compassion and a call for life. If your best friend told you he wanted to commit suicide, hopefully you would tell him that his dignity is far greater than he realizes and that he should continue living. The argument that “wanting to go on living” is a criterion for accepting direct killing is an argument that we should encourage suicidal people to go forward with their plans. This would be a very un-loving thing to do to another human being. Unborn children also express their desire to go on living by growing, metabolizing, and adapting to their environment just like born humans. And while they cannot speak, more developed unborn children physically react to pain or attack in a way that shows their instinct to live.

Argument #4: A fetus is totally incapable of wanting to live so they aren’t human in the sense they don’t have a “soul” like we do.

There are several problems with this argument. The first one regarding “wanting to live” has already been addressed above. On the latter argument, that unborn children have no “soul” and, therefore “aren’t human”, it would seem that this is an argument from religion, not science. Certainly, science tells us that the unborn child is “human”. The law of bio-genesis tells us that human do not give birth to anything other than humans. The dignity of a person is manifest in his humanity which can readily be seen by science. Since science cannot “see” whether or not a soul exists, we are confined, practically speaking, to the realm of science in establishing what a person actually is.

Pro-lifers are often painted as religious zealots who deny science in order to push a religious belief on people who do not share that belief. In reality, we see that the unborn child is a person based on what science clearly shows us and we argue that all persons have the right not to be murdered. It is not personhood that is defined by religion. Rather it is prohibitions against murder that are fairly universally applied in all religions. The idea that man should not murder his fellow human beings is an idea that comes not from a particular religion, but from virtually all religions. Further, the implication that only those who “want to live” have souls is a claim that has no basis in any mainstream religion.

It’s nice to see that Live Action’s YouTube channel is serving to spark some debate about the humanity, dignity and value of the unborn child. Let’s hope that some day, all will understand that every individual person has dignity and value, including those persons who might be considered by some to be “in the way”. If those who claim that we should only love the “smart people” or the “happy people” or the “productive people” could come to understand that we really should just love “all people”, the world would be a much better place for all of us.

15 thoughts on “Live Action Detractor Gives Reasons Not to Love The Unborn Child

  1. This is so true. She hit all of the points that prove non-prolifers wrong. The arguments, in their own sense, appear stupid, and quoted by a person who has no sense of value in life. Well done.

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  2. Just to add to the nonsensical notion that a fetus doesn’t want to live… there are videos available that show a fetus reacting to the instruments of death poking about the uterus.  The baby is actually trying to live by trying to escape the prodding of the vacuum.  Is that not showing a desire to live? 

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      1. You bet. Since the baby has no other way to express itself, such movement indicates a will to live just as the flight of an animal from a hunter would express its desire to live. It really couldn’t mean anything else.

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        1. As you saw above what happened to me I had no idea but I am no longer pro abortion. I thought they were doing stem cell research and helping people but after when I was told that they just discard them I felt like a murderer. Till this day I cry about it….

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          1. You are as much a victim of the abortion industry as others are. I forgive you. I hope you will find healing in the forgiveness of God and of the pro-life movement. May God comfort you in your pain, and may you know true healing.

          2. I have faith that Jesus will heal you from your pain. You will meet your son or daughter in heaven one day, and you will have such joy when that happens 🙂

          3. Oh sister, we all do things in life that we should not have. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But He forgives you no matter what! I forgive you too. I could have been you in my youth, except I never got pregnant thanks to God.

      2. Yes, it’s absolutely horrifying.  The only one I’ve seen is titled “Silent Scream” and the doctor who performed the abortion was asked to view the editing process to insure they accurately depicted the procedure and actually became a very vocal pro-life advocate following his experienceof viewing the video outside the medical facility.  The video is permanently burned into my mind and it broke my heart to witness.

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        1. I know it would be horrifying but I need to see… You see, I went threw one myself and I never forgave myself for it. The place was very clean and well kept but because there were so many in one day they had no discretion in pulling out the tools in front of me and turning on the machine. I was scarred for life and every day me and the father regret letting our parents talk me into having one….. We know it was for the best but no one let us talk about adoption.

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          1. Dear Guest, there is no need to feel guilt if you accept Jesus Christ as your savior. Yes, abortion is wrong, but people make mistakes and Jesus offers forgiveness and healing to all who seek it. Instead of beating yourself up about it, be a voice for life and share with everyone your experience. That way, they might rethink their choices and have their hearts changed by your story. God bless and remember that He loves you <3.

        2. Actually the Dr, doing the filming-the Late Dr. Bernard Nathanson-had stopped doing abortions a few years earlier and was on the verge of joining the pro-life cause. It was one of his former colleagues who was doing the dirty work.

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  3. The arguments for abortion given above are all bogus.  The U-tube comment that said unborn children can’t feel pain, have no desire to live, have no soul, etc., all nonsense.  This person has no proof that they don’t feel pain; as for having a soul, when did he become God to know when somebody has a soul. 
    However, pro-aborts want people to believe this stuff, because the more people think such nonsense, the more OK they will be with abortion.  Then it will be easier to sell them an abortion when they are pregnant, thus, more money for the abortion industry. 

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  4. My question is HOW DO THEY KNOW an unborn child does not have a soul? Can they remember themselves as fetuses not caring if they were aborted or not? My guess is no. Numerous testimonies from former abortionists and clinic workers who have seen ultrasounds of abortions know that a fetus is fully capable of feeling pain. They say this happens at 20 weeks, but I strongly believe that an unborn child can feel pain almost throughout his/her time in the uterus if not completely throughout.

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  5. I’m not sure if it’s been addressed in other comments, but the idea that abortion is justified on the bais that the baby has not the instinct “to want to live” is also fallacious because we willingly slaughter animals, depsite that many instinctively ‘want to live’.

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