The Center for Medical Progress has done something incredible for the pro-life cause. Their undercover videos have drawn new attention to a decades-old war. Many people who would have otherwise remained ignorant have been forced to confront their understanding of abortion.
Unfortunately, when the truth comes out, devils come with it. As Planned Parenthood has been subjected to new scrutiny, pro-abortion advocates have hit back, spreading misinformation. In the smoke and the dust of war, the underlying arguments have been obscured. I’d like to clear the air, and get to a root issue.
I’ve written at length about the idea of “viability.” Because it’s an argument based on developmental capabilities, parallels can be drawn. If one is only “viable” if they can survive without the care of another, then anyone that requires care, such as children, the disabled, and the elderly, can be considered not viable, and therefore terminable. However, there’s another argument to be made against “viability.”
A woman was recently arrested for murdering her newborn daughter by tossing the baby out of a seventh-story window. Many “pro-choice” advocates are disgusted by this heinous act. Why? The woman simply performed a late-term abortion.
In nine states and Washington D.C., there are no restrictions on abortion. A woman can legally terminate her child up to the moment of birth. If this woman had simply gone to an abortion clinic, her daughter’s death wouldn’t have been considered murder.
In every other state, restrictions have been placed on abortions largely because of advances in our understanding of fetal development.
This leads to a disturbing idea. As we’ve learned more about fetal development, the definition of “viability” has changed. Additionally, with advances in medical technology, infants born prematurely have a much higher chance of survival than just a few years ago. This also changes what it means to be “viable.”
“Viability” is a standard based on what we don’t know. As we continue to learn, we continue to revise the definition. Think about that. What else don’t we know? What other revisions will be made? And when those revisions are made, will you suddenly be disgusted by what was previously legal?
Do you think abortion at 35 weeks is barbaric? In nine states, it’s legal.