Self-Abortion

The Demonic Voice Behind the “Right to Choose”

Robert P. George, disagreeing with Cornell law professor Eduardo Peñalver over whether Catholics and other pro-life advocates could support the Democratic party, indicated that at the heart of their dispute were two questions: first, whether human embryos are human beings or not, and then, “whether every human being, irrespective of age, size, stage of development, or condition of dependency, possesses profound, inherent, and equal dignity.”

The first question, Dr. George held, is a scientific one, answered affirmatively by embryological standards. The second is philosophical:

Do we possess dignity and a right to life by virtue of the kind of entity . . .

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