Christian School Punishes Student Who Got Pregnant and Rejected Abortion published on May 22nd, 2017 at 01:10 PM High school senior Maddi Runkles has attended Christian school for her whole life. But when she became pregnant in January, the Christian school that she once was very much a part of left her feeling alone and unsupported. Students for Life of America, which is supporting Runkles and her baby, said Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, […]
New Poll Shows UK Voters Strongly Oppose Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth published on May 22nd, 2017 at 01:10 PM A public backlash against proposals to extend abortion law has been revealed in a new opinion poll ahead of the General Election. The polling company ComRes undertook the most extensive UK polling in the last decade on abortion. The results, published today, reveal that only 1% of the public favour extending the abortion limit up […]
Woman Who Survived Abortion: “If Abortion is Merely About Women’s Rights, Then Where Were Mine?” published on May 22nd, 2017 at 01:10 PM Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen posed a powerful question to abortion advocates Saturday during the March for Life in Rome, Italy. Jessen was a speaker at the annual march, which drew thousands of pro-life advocates to the city to call for protections for human life, the National Catholic Register reports. About 100,000 unborn babies are aborted […]
Republicans Want Trump to Fire NIH Director Who Supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research published on May 22nd, 2017 at 01:10 PM Republicans in Congress are urging President Donald Trump to oust the director of the National Institutes of Health because of his support for embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life. 40 Republicans in the House of Representatives wrote president Trump urging him to get rid of NIH director Francis Collins because […]
Pope Francis: “The Church Must Never Tire” of Fighting Abortion published on May 22nd, 2017 at 01:10 PM Pope Francis sent words of encouragement to pro-life advocates over the weekend as they participated in the March for Life in Rome, Italy. The sixth annual march took place on Saturday in Rome where thousands of people united in calling for protections “for life without compromise,” CNA reports. Italy has lost more than 6 million unborn babies to abortion since it became legal in 1978, according to the news outlet. Pope Francis sent a message Saturday to the marchers with his apostolic blessing and his hopes that their witness would help society understand the worth and dignity of every human life. Breitbart reports more: In a special message to the organizers of the pro-life March, held on Saturday afternoon in the center of Rome, Francis expressed his wish that the march might “promote adherence to the value of human life and the acceptance of this incommensurable divine gift in all its fascinating richness.” Click here to sign up for pro-life news alerts from LifeNews.com The pope also promised his prayers for the success of the event as well as sending his “apostolic blessing” to all participants. Francis sent a similar message of support in January to the March for Life taking place in Paris, France “The Church must never tire of being an advocate for life and must not neglect to proclaim that human life is to be protected unconditionally from the moment of conception until natural death,” the Pope’s message said. Earlier in the week, Pope Francis also promoted the dignity of human life to a group of medical researchers and families suffering from Huntingdon’s disease. During the meeting Thursday at the Vatican, the pontiff urged the researchers to continue their work seeking relief from and cures for diseases like Huntingdon’s, but he also urged them not to destroy human lives in their attempts to save others’. “Some branches of research, in fact, utilize human embryos, inevitably causing their destruction,” the pope said. “But we know that no ends, even noble in themselves, such as a predicted utility for science, for other human beings or for society, can justify the destruction of human embryos.” The pontiff told the group that all human beings, whether sick or healthy, young or old, are “precious in the eyes of God.” Pope Francis has been a strong advocate against abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research. Many times, he has chastised modern society by describing it as a “throw-away culture” and drawing attention to how often human lives are disposed of when they should be protected. “Our faith in God’s word calls us to support families in their mission in society, to accept children as a blessing for our world, and to defend the dignity of each man and woman, for all of us are brothers and sisters in the one human family,” he said in 2015.
The S.L.E.D. Test
The SLED Test is a simple argument against
The pro-life view is that the unborn are
human beings just like you and me. That’s why it’s wrong to kill them. Although many abortion-choice advocates
agree the unborn are human, they deny they are valuable human beings. They think this distinction justifies killing
Often they use personhood language to express this view. They say the unborn might be human, but
it’s not a person.
When confronted with this claim, ask a simple question: “What’s the difference between a human
being and a human person?” They must answer this question. Why? They’ve just made the incredible claim that there
are human beings that can be killed with impunity because they are not persons. What are their reasons for this
view? What’s the difference between a born human and an unborn one that justifies killing the latter?
Abortion-choice advocates typically cite one or more characteristics they believe make a human
being a person. Each of these characteristics fall under one of four categories. You can remember these categories
with the acronym SLED: Size, Level of development, Environment, and Degree of dependency.
Although it’s true the unborn differs from a born human in these four ways, none of them is a
relevant difference. None of them justifies killing the unborn. Consider how each category is irrelevant to human
Do you know how to defend your position on abortion? Do you get
uncomfortable when the topic comes up? Can you back up your views with logic and reason?
Listen to this short excerpt of a talk given by Bio-ethics expert Scott Klusendorf as he explains his
position to a passenger seated next to him on a plane flight.
The unborn is clearly smaller than a born human. It’s hard to reason how a difference in size,
though, disqualifies someone from being a person. A four year-old is smaller than a fourteen year-old. Can we kill
her because she’s not as big as a teenager? No, because a human being’s value is not based on their size. She’s
still equally a person even though she differs in that characteristic. In the same way, the unborn is smaller than
a four year-old. If we can’t kill the four-year old because she’s smaller, then we can’t kill the unborn because
she’s smaller either.
Level of development:
The unborn is also less developed than a born human being. How does this fact, though, disqualify
the unborn from personhood? A four year-old girl can’t bear children because her reproductive system is less
developed than a fourteen year-old girl. That doesn’t disqualify her from personhood. She is still as equally
valuable as a child-bearing teen. The unborn is also less developed than the four year-old. Therefore, we can’t
disqualify her from personhood for the same reason we can’t disqualify the four year-old. Both are merely less
developed than older human beings.
The unborn is located in a different environment than a born human. How does your location, though,
affect your value? Can changing your environment alter your status as a person? Where you are has no bearing on who
you are. An astronaut who spacewalks in orbit is in a radically different environment than a person on the planet.
No one could reasonably deny his personhood simply because he’s in a different location. Scuba divers who swim
under water and spelunkers who crawl through caves are equally as valuable as humans who ride in hot-air balloons.
If changing your environment can’t change your fundamental status, then being inside or outside a uterus can’t be
relevant either. How could a 7-inch journey through the birth canal magically transform a value-less human into a
valuable person? Nothing has changed except their location.
Degree of dependency:
The unborn is dependent upon the mother’s body for nutrition and a proper environment. It’s hard to
see, though, how depending upon another person disqualifies you from being a person. Newborns and toddlers still
depend upon their parents to provide nutrition and a safe environment. Indeed, some third-world countries require
children to be breast fed because formula is not available. Can a mother kill her newborn son because he depends on
her body for nutrition? Or, imagine you alone witnessed a toddler fall into a swimming pool. Would you be justified
in declaring him not valuable simply because he depended on you for his survival? Of course not! Since the unborn
depends on his mother in the same way, it’s not reasonable to disqualify his value either.
Notice that although toddler and teens differ from each other in the four SLED categories, we don’t disqualify
toddlers from personhood. Since born and unborn humans differ in exactly the same ways, we can’t disqualify the
unborn from personhood either.
The SLED tactic exposes the argument for abortion for what it really is: unjust discrimination.
Abortion-choice advocates deny that all human beings are valuable and deserve protection. Which ones don’t qualify?
The ones that are too small, not developed enough, in the wrong location, and are too dependent on other people. In
other words, the human beings that satisfy the SLED Test’s criteria are the ones that don’t make the cut.
These four characteristics, though, are arbitrary and allow the strong to disqualify the weak,
vulnerable, and defenseless. Sadly, history is crowded with similar examples. African Americans were victims of
discrimination. They were a class of human beings that was disqualified from being valuable based on an arbitrary
characteristic: their skin color. Jews were also were victims of discrimination. They were a class of human beings
that was disqualified from being valuable based on an arbitrary characteristic: their ethnicity. Today, the unborn
are victims of discrimination. They are a class of human beings that are disqualified from being valuable based on
arbitrary characteristics: their size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency.
The pro-life position, on the other hand is an inclusive view. It says no human being – regardless
of size, skin color, level of development, race, gender, or place of residence – should be excluded from the
community of human persons. This view of humanity is inclusive and wide open to all, especially to those who are
small, vulnerable, and defenseless.
"Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize that large numbers of
consumer products on our supermarket shelves contain ingredients which have been
aborted human fetal cell lines.This information is not hard to
find.But people donot like to talk
about it.There are price lists for
human fetal tissue all over the Internet. You can find one
here. So does
it bother you that aborted babies are being chopped up and sold to researchers all over
America?Or are you perfectly
fine with it?"
food corporations use tissue from aborted babies to manufacture flavor additives in processed
Yes, they are selling baby parts. There are literally hours of unedited video of them
haggling over specific pieces in Planned Parenthood offices across the country. But don't let the truth get in the
way of a good old fashioned false debate...