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Friday, August 07, 2015

Logic, Continued

Abortion. Hey, good morning! Time for serious things!

OK, here's your syllogism for the morning:

Murder is the unjust taking of an innocent human person's life;

Abortion is the unjust taking of an innocent human person's life in the womb;

Therefore, abortion is a species of murder.

Given this, there can be no exceptions, if indeed murder represents an intrinsic evil. So, on this issue, there are actually two real principled positions, all turning on the second premise of the above argument:

A fetus is an innocent person, in which case, no exceptions to abortion can be allowed; or,

A fetus is not a person, in which case, no restrictions to abortion are necessary.

The fact that politics on this issue are mired in arguments over qualifications and exceptions tells me that most people aren't accustomed to thinking clearly, and in fact, nearly all of us know we have been wrong to permit abortion all this time.

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