Fact a Day: January 21st - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: January 21st

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 15 (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 15

How can the embryo-fetus be a person? Isn’t it just a “potential” person?

Abortionists claim that the living human fetus in the womb is not a full person, only a potential person. As such, it is not entitled to Constitutional protection as a human being and may be terminated by abortion.

In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court arbitrarily implied that personhood only existed when the unborn fetus “presumably has the capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.”* They ruled that “the word ‘person’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment does not include the unborn.”*

What is wrong with the Court’s ruling that the fetus is a person only if it can exist outside the mother’s womb in a “meaningful” way? What is wrong is that nowhere is “meaningful” defined. Meaningful life to one person may be denied by someone else. Who is to judge?

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Abortion.

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