Why don’t atheists include abortion among the most hideous forms of evil in the world?
Here is where the real exposure hits the fan. If atheists (and others who consider themselves progressives) claim such deep loyalty to science as the basis for truth, why wouldn’t they oppose abortion like they oppose religion? I challenge all atheists who believe in science to speak out against abortion. I would love to be wrong about concluding that most atheists would not be willing to take my challenge.
It’s an indisputable fact of science that the life of the fetus is more than a “product” of conception. The occupant of the womb is a human life with the potential of becoming a mature human being. Abortion does not simply terminate a pregnancy; it terminates the life of a baby. If you have children, look closely at them and remind yourself that had you chosen to abort at any point from conception to birth, you would have ended their lives. This is beyond dispute. Induced abortion is the deliberate destruction of an unborn child. Why do we have laws related to fetal homicide? Why do doctor’s perform fetal surgery on babies in the womb?
Fetal Development:From conception to birth
Day 1: fertilization:all human chromosomes are present; unique human life begins.
Day 6: embryo begins implantation in the uterus.
Day 22: heart begins to beat with the child’s own blood, often a different type than the mothers’.
Week 3: By the end of third week the child’s backbone spinal column and nervous system are forming. The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.
Week 4: By the end of week four the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg.
Week 5: Eyes, legs, and hands begin to develop.
Week 6: Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are forming.
Week 7: Eyelids, and toes form, nose distinct. The baby is kicking and swimming.
Week 8: Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form. By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.
Weeks 9 and 10: Teeth begin to form, fingernails develop. The baby can turn his head, and frown. The baby can hiccup.
Weeks 10 and 11: The baby can “breathe” amniotic fluid and urinate. Week 11 the baby can grasp objects placed in its hand; all organ systems are functioning. The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.
Week 12: The baby has all of the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus. Vocal cords are complete. The baby can suck its thumb.
Week 14: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day.
(facts from: http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/fetaldevelopment.html)
Deeper issue for atheists:
I realize that it’s not politically correct to take the scientific position in opposing abortion. Instead of accepting the obvious facts, people squirm around the scientific evidence with word games or by trying to change the subject (imagine talking about choice or abuse and neglect of children to defend abortion). But if you’re going to manipulate facts about this hideous form of torture and murder, at least stop pretending deep devotion to scientific facts on other matters.
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