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Question #17

August 16, 2010

I read a book the other day called “An Enquiry Concerning Human Abortion” written by Dr. Hendrik van der Breggen. Dr. V (if he’s okay with me calling him that) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Providence College in Manitoba (the school I attend). While i have not taken any of his classes yet, i have none-the-less learned a lot from him. He writes a column in the local newspaper called The Carillon and has his own blog site, Apologia, which you can find here.

In his book, Dr. V. is unapologetic in his approach to the issue of abortion. The book itself is laid out as a question and answer method, first posing a question, and then giving the answer. While Dr. V. is a Christian, he does not answer the questions from this perspective. Keeping his faith out of the question, he answers each question through a philosophical approach. There are 52 questions posed in the book, and only during the answer to the final question, “Why value human life?” does Dr. V. use faith to base his answer. For a concise, easy to read look at abortion i recommend checking out this book. Here is an example of what you’ll be treated to…

Since every woman has the right to control her own body, shouldn’t every woman also have the right to choose abortion?

Since every woman has the right to control her own body, and since every woman is a female being (albeit an adult female human being), and since approximately 50% of the human beings in the womb are female human beings, we must also respect the right of the female human being in the womb to control her body. Abortion infringes on the rights of the female (and male) human beings in the womb in the same way as murder infringes on the rights of all other human beings. Consequently, every woman should not have the right to choose abortion. The right to control one’s body is one thing; the right to choose to kill someone else’s body is quite another!

I have also started reading a book by Leslie Cannold titled “The Abortion Myth” that i will post an update on in the next short while.

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