This is about abortion, a topic we usually avoid because it arouses so much passion. As we’ve said before, we have no desire to impose our abortion views on anyone else, and we hate it when national politics are polluted by “social issues.”
The last time we discussed the topic was over four years ago in Egnor Rants About Abortion. When discussing the Discoveroids’ view of things, we announced our own opinion, which is this:
There’s no doubt that a fertilized ovum is alive. But is it a human being from the moment of conception? We are all familiar with the unfortunate phenomenon of brain death. When the brain ceases to function, almost everyone agrees that it’s appropriate to remove life-support equipment and let the patient expire. Why? Because without a functioning brain, although the body may continue to live for a while in a vegetative state, there’s no longer a person in that body.
Your Curmudgeon’s personal belief is that a symmetrical rule should be applied to determine the beginning of human life. That’s when the brain is sufficiently developed that it begins to function — which can be determined by Electroencephalography, and which occurs somewhere during the middle of a pregnancy. … [W]hen the brain begins to function, the fetus has become a human being and abortion is wrong — in our humble opinion.
Today we have the opinion of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: So, Who’s Really Anti-Science? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Here at Answers in Genesis, we’re often accused of being “anti-science [Really?] because we reject molecules-to-man evolution and millions of years (which are interpretations that flow from an atheistic, naturalistic worldview). But we’re not anti-science — we love science and understand that science always confirms God’s Word. Observational science has allowed us to have the great technology we use today, so of course we’re pro-science. But do you know who is often anti-science? Those who support abortion.
Hambo isn’t anti-science, but maybe you are. He quotes Christine Quinn, “a board member of the National Institute for Reproductive Health” who was discussing the “heartbeat bill” which he says was “recently passed in Georgia that makes abortion illegal after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.” According to Hambo, she said:
When a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her. It’s part of her body. And this is about a woman having full control and full agency over her body.
Hambo is furious, and he tells us:
So, an unborn baby is not a human being? What is it — a dog, a dolphin, a green bean? It has 100% human DNA (with a unique combination of information that came from both father and mother), and humans only produce humans, so the unborn baby can’t be anything other than a human!
Brilliant analysis! He continues:
So, if an unborn baby is just part of the woman’s body, then, when a woman delivers her baby, is she missing part of her body — a part with DNA unique to it? Does that part of her body eventually learn to walk, talk, and play, like a baby does? And what if a woman never becomes pregnant: is she missing part of her body?
You can’t argue with science like that! Let’s read on:
Quinn’s argument is utterly preposterous! And yet it’s a common refrain from abortion supporters. Her claims go against everything we know from biology — humans produce humans. And since an unborn child — no matter the stage of development — has 100% human DNA (nothing is added from the moment of fertilization), it can’t be anything other than a human!
In his final paragraph, Hambo takes his argument even further:
One more thing. Yes, we applaud people doing what they can to stop abortion with the so-called heartbeat bills or bills such as the one that just passed the Alabama Senate [Link omitted.] that effectively bans abortion in that state and criminalizes the procedure in nearly all instances. But, as far as heartbeat bills go, there’s no difference genetically among a human fertilized egg to the baby’s development, whether it’s one week, four weeks, six weeks, six months, nine months — all are the same unique individual at different stages of development: a 100% human being made in God’s image. Abortion at any stage is murder.
So there you are. Why wait for a heartbeat to outlaw murder? We assume Hambo would outlaw “morning after” pills, because his creation science says a zygote is fully human from the moment of conception.
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