PRO-LIFE BASICS: Science accurately defines when a human being begins, so why aren’t pro-life people using this science to end abortion?

The only way to answer this question is to begin with an example of today’s inconsistencies. Recently, the results of a poll of likely voters revealed that the majority support some limits on abortion after 15 weeks. The poll was commissioned by the pro-life political group Susan B. Anthony List. According to this group, the poll represented a measure of where Americans stand on late-term abortion.

The poll did not ask whether or not the preborn child is a person at every stage of his biological development, which would have been the right question. Instead, based on an upcoming Supreme Court case dealing with Mississippi’s flawed law, the poll was taken as it applies to babies 15 weeks of age or older.

The results of this poll are apparently to be used in efforts to end child killing after 15 weeks gestational age. In other words, the polling data translates into pro-life action, and this is where the conundrum begins. 

Science tells the truth, confirming that the preborn child is a human being from his beginning. Given this fact, it is perplexing that there are some in the pro-life movement who prefer to ignore the science and instead set their agenda according to polling data or political expediency. American Life League has not done this. We realize that science, not politics, is the key to defending these babies. 

This is probably why we are viewed by many to be a lone wolf in a pack of pro-life groups seeking a quick victory. 

SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser has stated that most European countries limit abortions at 15 weeks because that is when they say preborn babies can feel pain. She follows that up stating she has seen support in the US for our country to follow these standards and “catch up” with the science.

The science?

The science tells us that limiting the murder of children to only those 15 weeks of age or older is not logical. It is, in fact, a totally irrational and unscientific position. So what gives?

If our forefathers had fought to protect black people who were 25 years of age and older but fought to execute those younger than that, what would the people of this nation have done? 

There is absolutely no difference between the position that the Susan B. Anthony List and MOST other pro-life groups have taken and the one I just posed to you about African Americans. 

The science begs us to fight for every baby, but politics begs for compromise. If we follow the science, as we should have done for the past 50 years, we would be educating Americans on the humanity of the child instead of proposing legislative measures that save little to no lives. The real question is this: Are we serious about defending babies, or are we serious about pandering to political expectations? 

Every human being is created by God; none has been created by elected officials. Yet many have died because of the moral blindness of these elected officials. Let us pray that every eye is opened to the beauty and wonder of all preborn babies.

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Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and served 15 years as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.