Lie #5: A fetus is not human.
The term fetus is given to the human embryo after the 8th week of gestation in the later developmental stages showing recognizable features of the mature human. Historically a fetus was understood to be:
fetus. (n.d.). Retrieved February 29, 2012, from Online Etymology Dictionary website: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=fetus.
Wikipedia states that a fetus "is a developing mammal or other viviparous vertebrate after the embryonic stage and before birth." Retrieved February 29, 2012, from Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetus
The term 'fetus' is given as a name to distinguish one part of the gestational journey from another. It is not a declaration of another kind of organism. A human, conceived from human sperm and ovum, developing through its stages and transitioning through one stage which is called
a fetus does not lose its humanness during any of those stages of development. To state that this fetus is not human as a line of argument assumes that the ones making the argument were not conceived in the womb of a woman just like every body else and were never a fetus in their gestational development either. So can they now stand outside of, separate from and above that former position as a fetus and declare that they were not human either, and if so, what makes them human now? It is quite irrational for a human to argue that they were not human throughout all of their journey to this moment. Follow this link to a short overview of arguments:
A Person is a Person.
- God made life.
- Life is precious and must not be destroyed.
- Abortion is an issue of the heart.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Genesis 5:1-2
> Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! Psalm 139:13-17
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6
And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him. Numbers 35:16-19
Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Numbers 35:30
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24:16
And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon. 2 Kings 24:4
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Psalm 106:38
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man. Matthew 15:18-20 a
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:36-39
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: Mark 7:20-22
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:44-4-5
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Luke 10:27-28
(Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:9
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. James 2:13
The Case For Life
Book review: The Case For Life by Scott Klusendorf
Book Reviewer David Rodriguez
"Klusendorf advises that the issue focus on the status of the unborn. Next, he introduces a tactic he calls Trot out the Toddler, in which one asks if a particular justification for abortion also works as a justification for killing toddlers. This tactic forces the pro-choicer to face the issue of the humanity of the unborn. Now Klusendorf briefly presents the case that elective abortion unjustly takes the life of a defenseless human being, and lists a brief summary of the main arguments..."
"First, concerning the rape objection, Klusendorf gets to the heart of the matter: what is the unborn? Again this issue is what resolves everything. He writes, how should we treat human beings who remind us of a painful event?..."