According to both sides of the political aisle, the facts are painfully obvious.
Conservatives say the fetus is obviously a baby, a human life deserving full protection as an individual.
The left says that the fetus is obviously part of a woman’s body, organic tissue that can be kept or disposed of according to feminine will.
Except, apparently, if the pregnant party chooses an abortion based on the fetus’ gender. Then, it might be a bad, bad thing and possibly even illegal, as in England.
There, an investigation has been launched into such abortions after several secretly filmed documentaries exposed many British doctor’s willingness to ignore their patients’ motivations.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says: “I’m extremely concerned to hear about these allegations. Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong. I’ve asked my officials to investigate this as a matter of urgency.”
But his statements and the law itself raise the humongous question of why...
Why is it a moral issue if the fetus is merely part of a woman’s body? Why does it change anything if she doesn’t want it because it has masculine or feminine DNA, or if it’s just universally inconvenient? Why are there mental restraints on her physical rights?
None of those are easy questions to answer.
Unless, of course, you admit that the fetus is, in fact, a human life. And then suddenly the picture becomes a lot more clear.