God is not going to have to bother destroying us. We’re doing fine all by ourselves, John Senior suggested. Forget the men in the famous admonition, “The women of Nineveh shall rise on the Day of Judgment with this generation” and condemn it, he says. Why? Perhaps because even they can see that a society which wades in the spilled blood of nearly 50 million aborted babies since 1970 is doing just fine destroying itself.
There are not easy answers to every problem, but the unborn baby has as much right to life as the mother has to control over her body. These are tiny lives and not simply blobs of tissue. A one-celled zygote is a living organism. It is fully human – a genetically differentiated life – and can never be anything but human. It is a unique, individual human being. If you want an honest answer to the question of when life begins, look at a biology textbook:
“Human life begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm unites with a female gamete or oocyte to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”
–Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.
How we treat the weakest and most vulnerable among us says a lot about us as a society. And the arguments behind the laws regulating that treatment proves to be as enlightening, or endarkening, as it is mournful.
Not only the women of Nineveh, but those who will eventually call us ancestors will condemn us in the same harsh terms they use when they condemn Nazis and slave owners. They may be somewhat kind, attributing our blindness to ideology and puffed up sense of self-importance instead of the endarkened malevolence of a willful and morally bankrupt generation. Most likely they will refer to us as monsters, using the same tone when they speak of us as they do when they speak of gas chambers and mass graves. Equal rights for everyone except the one who was inconvenient! The one who was insignificant! The one who was vulnerable even in the place that should have been safest of all.
The nature of a zygote is a human, the only thing differentiating it at that point from a precocious toddler or an investment banker is its stage of growth. It is not a potential human being, it is a human being, because it is human, and it possesses being. To deny this reality is to reveal an ideological shedding of truth because the truth doesn’t support the ends of the ideology.
I believe that our progeny will be our betters, and will have the clarity of mind to see that our Declaration of Independence guarantees “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” There is no liberty without life.