Argument: If a fetus had a right to life, abortionists would be subject to murder charges

Issue Report: Abortion


Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins, The Honest Politician’s Guide to Crime Control, 1970 – “The sanctity of life is often also taken to refer to the life of “the unborn child.” Yet the use of this expression is as if we referred to the reader as “an adult fetus.” To say that a fertilized ovum or an embryo is a human being and therefore entitled to the full protection of the law is a prejudicial abuse of language. Nor do those who take this position ever maintain it consistently, for they never embrace the logical corollary which is that all abortive operations are murders and should be so treated in law.”[1]