The Case for Life: Degree of Dependency

Abortion supporters often claim that a baby’s inability to survive outside the mother’s womb should automatically justify abortion. The issue is that the child is still fully dependent on the mother, or, as it is sometimes explained, the fetus is not “viable.” There are major problems with this line of thinking. First, if the standard...

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The Case for Life: Environment

Environment, better understood as the location of the baby, is the E in SLED. When babies are born they move from their mother’s uterus to the outside world. But should the timing of this move determine whether they should live or die? Infamous Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering three children after they...

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The Case for Life: Level of Development

The L in the SLED acronym stands for level of development. Many abortion advocates dismiss unborn children, particularly during the first trimester, as a mass of cells or a blob of tissue. This incredibly imprecise reasoning suggests that there is no moral difference between an embryo or fetus and a tumor or cyst, because of...

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The Case for Life: Size

The S in the SLED acronym stands for size. All of us began our lives as a tiny fertilized egg, or zygote, invisible to the naked eye. Over the years, the “smallness” of unborn babies has been cited to justify their murder. Biologically, the human zygote is indisputably a member of the species Homo sapiens....

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Valuing Life at All Stages of Development

On January 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM, my wife went into labor. This was not the plan. The plan was to get a C-Section a week later. But Jocelyn Theresa—the beautiful girl we had prayed for by name for so long—didn’t seem to be playing by our rules. We checked into the hospital laughing and...

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