Pro-choicer in study has her facts wrong

In a study, a person explains why she is against late term abortion (after 20 weeks). She has the facts wrong on abortion:

A: It is a person, she would just be killing a human person if she had an abortion. Yeah, it would be, it would be manslaughter after so many months, because it is human, it has a heart, it has feet. It has legs. Everything – a brain.

Q: How about before that time?

A: It’s just a blob, it’s not a person because it’s not fully developed yet. It doesn’t have the important parts yet. You would only be killing a blob.”

Judith G. Smetana Concepts of Self and Morality: Women’s Reasoning about Abortion (New York: Praeger Special Studies, 1982) 128 – 129

This woman supports abortion because she has her facts wrong. The heart of the baby starts beating in the third week.

Brain waves can be measured in the 6th week.

The baby looks like this at 8 weeks:

Facts wrong

At this time in pregnancy, you can count every finger and toe.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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