On Monday, we spoke about the unique DNA of the fetus and how that makes it different than any other part of a mother’s body. Removing a fetus is quantifiably different than removing an appendix. However, that difference might not mean anything really significant. After all, consider getting sick and having a bacterial infection.
In that situation, there is a foreign entity in a person’s body, and we specifically take steps to terminate that intrusion. We go to the doctor for antibiotics because we believe that it is moral to kill that annoying sickness that has found its way into our bodies. We have no qualms about that, so it is not as if we believe that we have any obligation to keep everything alive that shows up within our bodies.
The argument that any pro-life person will make is that the unborn child within the body of the mother is valuable specifically because it is a person. It is more than just a life form like the illness that we take antibiotics to demolish.
Building off of Monday’s argument, it is uncontroversial to say that the fetus has separate DNA. That is a scientific fact. It should also be rather uncontroversial to say that this unborn child is human. After all, if both parents are human, they obviously reproduce after their own kind just like any other life form. This unborn child is indeed a member of our species.
On one hand, it seems rather obvious at this point that an individual human life form with its own DNA ought to be a person just like any other individual human life form with its own DNA.
On the other hand, there is another competing right, and this is where pro-choice people plant their flag. The woman has the right to her own body. She has a right to what happens inside of it, and consequently, just like that antibiotic taking out bacterial infections, it is appropriate to use medical means to eliminate this intrusion into the woman’s body.
It is important to note that bodily autonomy does stop when it comes down to harming other people, so that is why the personhood argument is so important. We all have freedom to do whatever we want with our bodies, but we cannot harm other people in the process.
That is what it has to come down to at the end of the day. What type of thing are we dealing with here?