Presbyterian minister says a baby becomes a person only when he is loved

Prolife author Dave Sterrett said:

“A Presbyterian minister in my city once said that he would support his teenage daughter to get an abortion. When another pastor asked him, “When do you believe a human person begins to exist?” The Presbyterian minister replied, “I think someone becomes a person when they are loved.”

Dave Sterrett Aborting Aristotle: Examining Fatal Fallacies in the Abortion (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015) 96

The baby below died in an abortion clinic. He was never loved. Was he therefore never a person?


This other baby, around the same age as the aborted one, was wanted and loved, but was stillborn. Was he a person because his mother loved and wanted him?

19 weeks
19 weeks
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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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