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Is abortion murder?

Good people
disagree about the
morality of abortion
because we disagree
about what defines
human nature. First
trimester abortions may
have absolutely no moral
implications whatsoever--
perhaps a first trimester
embryo is no more
conscious than a kidney
or spleen. Or they may
have more serious moral
implications. Our culture
hasn't come to a
consensus on that yet.
But we know a little bit
about murder, and the
differences between
murder and other forms
of killing. And murder, in
the way that we define it
in all other instances,
involves the intentional
death of another human
person. Even if we were
to assume that every
embryo or fetus were just
as sentient and just as
much of a person as any
other human being, an
argument that is not
supportable on the basis
of scientific evidence, then
the lack of knowledge and
intent would still be
enough to classify
abortion as something
other than murder.
Let's imagine a scenario in
which two men go deer
hunting. One man
mistakes his friend for a
deer, shoots him, and
accidentally kills him. As
long as we all agreed on
the facts of the case, it's
hard to imagine that any
reasonable person would
describe this as murder--
even though we would all
know for certain that a
real, sentient human
person was killed. Why?
Because the shooter
thought he was killing a
deer--something other
than a real, sentient
human person.
Now consider the
example of abortion. If a
woman and her physician
think they're killing a non-
sentient organism, then--
even if the embryo or
fetus were, unbeknownst
to them, a sentient human
person--they would not
be committing murder. At
most, they would be
guilty of involuntary
manslaughter. But even
involuntary manslaughter
involves criminal
negligence, and it would
be very hard to judge
someone criminally
negligent for not
personally believing that a
pre-viable embryo or
fetus is a sentient human
person when we don't
actually know this to be
the case.
From the point of view of
someone who believes
that every fertilized egg is
a sentient human person,
abortion would be
horrific. Tragic. Lethal. But
it would be no more
murderous than any
other kind of accidental

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