Abortion is murder
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1. "A baby is a person. Some babies are born not completely formed, but they are still alive. So if you chose to have an abortion, then you are a murderer." - The topic here is about pregnancies, not babies after birth, so I think you'll need to re-state this. The condition of a baby after its birth isn't relevant to this conversation. The conclusion "So if you chose to have an abortion, then you are a murderer" doesn't logically follow from the premises you laid out.
2. "The only reason people want it legal is because sad stupid women want to have sex, but don't want a baby. They go around sleeping with different men." - Apologies, but this is simply ignorant. There are many reasons women have abortions, including rape, or ectopic pregnancies. This claim is barely worth addressing.
3. "God sent Jesus to heal the sick, not the clean or well...I am just saying help the sick." - The implication here is that there is never a medical justification for an abortion. This is incorrect - ectopic pregnancies, as I mentioned above, are the perfect example. The pregnancy happens outside the womb, resulting in a situation where the fetus will die, and the mother's life can be put in critical danger. Is it your position that we should not terminate the fetus in this scenario, and instead let fetus and mother both die? (To clarify, in certain types of ectopic pregnancies there have been cases where the fetus has survived, but this is exceptionally rare, and in most types of ectopic pregnancies survival is impossible.)
4. "If you disagree with me and think it should be legal, go right ahead and send yourself to hell. I tried to tell yo." - This is also incorrect, as hell doesn't actually exist. The origins of hell, or 'Gehenna', can be found in the practice of burning 'the enemies of god' to death in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (Jeremiah 7:31-32). Thus, if you don't believe in god or are an enemy of god you will 'burn forever' - indeed the idea of torment after death doesn't appear at all in the Old Testament.
So, on to abortion as murder. You appear to mean that at any point in the pregnancy it is murder, including in the first week of pregnancy. To make my argument I don't think I need to actually go too deep here unless you define your argument more clearly - all you've really put forward here is a bit of a generalized rant. Basically in order for abortion to be murder, the fetus must be a person. Obviously one day into a pregnancy we're not dealing with a person, what we have is the potential for personhood. Until the fetus is formed and can survive outside of the womb that's what it is - a potential life rather than a life. That's why we issue death certificates for stillbirths, but not for miscarriages. If a fetus in early development has no potential for life, as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, than to terminate is not only not a murder, it is the moral and ethical thing to do as it necessarily saves the life of the mother - without termination, the mother would die in this case, as I've said, and the baby will not survive either way.
I think I've made my point that we can reliably say it is not true that *in all cases* (your position) a fetus is a person, and to terminate is murder. Logically we can say that if it is the murder of an innocent child, then it is immoral and unethical - the contrapositive statement is that if it is not immoral or unethical, it is not a murder. As we've found a case where termination is both ethical and moral, we've also found a case where termination is not murder and in fact must be legal.
Now on to the scriptural justification for your position. We actually see a good amount of evidence in the Bible that god does not consider a fetus in the womb to be the equivalent of a living, breathing person.
Genesis 2:7 - "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul."
Ezekial 37:5-6 - "Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live."
I believe there are over 100 references in the Bible to life beginning with breath (don't quote me on the exact number), but here are two clearly stated. Also important is how god demands we punish someone who kills another living, breathing human, as opposed to how we punish someone that injures a woman and leads to the end of her pregnancy.
First, Exodus 21:22 - "Whoever strikes a man so that he dies must be put to death."
Also in Exodus 21:22 - "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that there is a miscarriage, and no harm comes to the mother: he shall surely be punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine."
This offender is not put to death, instead he must pay a fine. Clearly according to scripture there is evidence to suggest that life begins at the first breath, not at conception, and god definitively tells us that causing a woman's pregnancy to end is a less serious crime than murder.
I'll narrow it down for you I guess, and ask that you address ectopic pregnancies, as outlined in my first argument. Do you think it is immoral or unethical to terminate an ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus will not come to term and the mother will die without intervention? Do you believe in that specific scenario that abortion is murder?
Last, if you believe a fetus early into the pregnancy is a person that can be murdered, do you believe also that it's a person that commit murder? In rare cases, a twin in the womb can absorb the other twin and the result is one fetus. Is that fetus a murderer for essentially terminating the pregnancy of its twin?
If we debate again, do me the courtesy of actually reading my arguments and addressing them. For now, I'll leave it to the voters.
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Vote Placed by Peepette 6 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: PRO does not put forth clear arguments or rebuttals; just that abortion is murder due to the fetus?s status of potential life and makes religious reference to confirm. CON points out ectopic pregnancies result in death of both mother and fetus if no action is taken. CON provides Biblical quotes that affirm the contention that life begins at first breath and forceful actions resulting miscarriage is considered a lesser crime than murder. PRO asserts that the NT?s laws have relevance over the OT. This is adequately rebutted by PRO turning CON?s 10 commandment adherence as proof that the OT also is relevant. PRO?s side of the debate was more of a rant than solid points or rebuttals. Conduct tied, both were respectful, tied S&G, arguments were readable of both parties, Sources tied, neither used to affirm points.
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