Many years ago in the distant past of 2007, Portal, a first person puzzle video game, was released. In that game, you navigate a series of puzzles to finally escape a facility run by a sadistic AI. At the completion of the game, there was song sung by the AI that became a viral hit on the internet. There is a line at the start of the song that goes “For the good of all of us except the ones who are dead […] for the people who are still alive.” This satirical song actually reflects the mindset of some who would follow Jonathon Swift’s modest proposal to benefit ourselves. This mindset is causing many states to defund the Planned Parenthood organization mostly due to the videos released in 2015 . The issue of abortion has recently reached the supreme court as well.
Stories are used to defend abortion, such as:
- the Violinist Argument (with a good response here),
- the horrors of back alley illegal clinics (not like the non-back alley clinic ran by Kermit Gosnell which has brought abortion to the Supreme Court),
- the usage of frozen embryos that will die regardless of whether or not they are used for STEM cell research (even though there are other very good alternatives),
- science benefiting (from intentional harms however),
- to the mercy abortions for the victims of rape or incest (but an injustice is not cure for an injustice)
Despite these stories, the issue ultimately is as Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason said: “If the unborn is not a human person, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human person, no justification for abortion is adequate.” If there is a distinction, then it is a scary distinction created so that a human can be considered a non-person.
Here are two parables that we can use to add a narrative to the above issue:
Imagine you are a drummer, you were forming your skills for months, getting ready to enter the musical world. During that time your manager came to you and said “Sorry, but we do not need a drummer anymore. You do not contribute to melody or harmony so you are not really a musician. Besides if we had you as a drummer it would betray bands everywhere”. Your manager continues. “You see the band that you wanted to join are going to wait until they are emotionally and financially ready, and so we are going to have to kill you”. At the sound of that phrase you are ready to call the police because this weird situation has become bizarre and nightmarish.
Everyday people cross the border seeking a new home in the United States. Some of these people are here as refugees. As Christians, it can be argued that it is our duty to take care of them. Let us say that there is an immigrant/refugee named Esmeralda. She has no family and no relatives but she is coming into the United States to start her life anew. She will need to learn a language, and live a life that is different from the one she knew. Right before she crosses into the U.S. a border agent stops her and…
Could the border agent kill her with impunity if she was on one side of the border but there would be moral and legal consequences on the other side?
What if Esmeralda was young or be lacking in ability; would that change anything in the worth of her life?
What if she was stopped by the border agent who said that she had no support system in place and would be a drain on the economic structure of the community she would join? Would that change her worth?
Don’t both of those stories seem absurd? If we assume that both Esmeralda and the drummer are human beings then the events that happened seem evil and wrong.
This assumption is right as it would seem wrong to have justification to assume otherwise. In the same way the burden of proof is on those who claim that an unborn child is different than a human being. They would have to go against science, philosophy, logic, and common sense. When we separate personhood from human beings we are no better than a computer AI who picks and chooses who dies and who benefits.
 For those not following the videos here is a link to all of them so far: http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/