Prochoicer: our sympathy for unborn babies means nothing

20 week old unborn baby, Abortion is legal at this stage in most states.
20 week old unborn baby, Abortion is legal at this stage in most states.

A pro-choice writer shared the following argument against laws protecting babies from late-term abortions:

“We may, as many people do, sympathize with the pain we think the fetus feels, but we must be careful in saying that this sympathy establishes the personness of the fetus. It establishes nothing but our ability to sympathize.”

Michael Bettencourt “Case for Fetal Personhood a Dubious Conception” In These Times, September 20 – 26, 1989

This is an old quote, but it struck me as being particularly odious.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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