Is There a Debate on When Life Begins?

Pro-abortion-choice[1] writer Anne Krapu dismisses Dr. Ward Kischer’s claim, cited in my previous article that there is no debate on when human life begins within the field of human embryology.  As a point of reference, Dr. Kisher is Professor Emeritus of Human Embryology at Arizona State University. Ms. Krapu sarcastically wrote: “The debate is over, which is why it has been sucking the air out of national politics for years. Hmmm.”

Pro-abortion writer Mary Elizabeth Williams however seems to agree with Dr. Kisher in her article, So what if abortion ends life?:

I believe that life starts at conception. And it's never stopped me from being pro-choice.

When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person. Are you human only when you’re born? Only when you’re viable outside of the womb? Are you less of a human life when you look like a tadpole than when you can suck on your thumb?

And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.

Princeton ethicist Peter Singer likewise supports abortion while admitting that human beings are killed in abortion: “I do not deny that if one accepts abortion on the grounds provided in Chapter 6 [of his book Practical Ethics], the case for killing other human beings, in certain circumstances, is strong.” Mr. Singer actually goes further supporting infanticide if their parent's desire (until the child is two years of age). Two other philosophers Giubilini and Minerva also justify a concept they call after-birth abortion. This concept is so far out there that the pro-abortion publication Slate thinks it is crazy. All of these individuals know that they are supporting killing human beings.

Furthermore most abortionists know that they are ending human life as well. At a recent NARAL Pro-Choice America Conference there are tapes of abortionists speaking of the luxury pro-abortion-choice activists who can claim that abortion does not end a human life.

From National Right to Life Committee website

From National Right to Life Committee website

I don’t like saying I’m dismembering a fetus.

Ignoring the fetus is a luxury of activists and advocates... The women know what's in there. They're not stupid... I actually think we should be less about denying the reality of those images and more about acknowledging that, yeah, that's quite a truth. So, given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there's violence in here, ask me why I come to work every day... Let's just give them all the violence, it's a person, It’s killing. Let's just give them all that...

Abortion kills a human being. Abortists know this, scientists know this, and pro-lifers know this. Embryologically speaking the question is answered.

To say otherwise is anti-science.

[1] The term pro-abortion-choice is used instead of pro-choice, to add clarity because the pro-life movement is for most choices so long as the choice does not end a human life.