Abortion Inconsistency: Incest or Rape

It is common in the anti-abortion camp to hear; “Abortion is murder, except in the case of incest or rape.

This position leads me to believe that people who claim a zygote, embryo or a fetus is a person may not truly believe what they claim. If a fetus is the same as a twenty-one year old man — murder is murder, after all — how does the way its life began reduce the moral value of it? The same argument would not be made; “It is murder to kill a twenty-one year old man, unless he was born from rape or incest.

No, even the religious moralist who repeats platitudes such as “life begins at conception” instinctively realizes the difference between a zygote and an adult human being. This is why the value of the mother’s life is placed over the value of the life of the fetus. This is why an abortion is permissible in the case of incest or rape. Because the zygote, the embryo, or the fetus is not equal to an adult human being.

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