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Ducks Survive on Their Own
Josh Brahm calls thisthe most undervalued argument in the prolife movement. It’s called the Equal Rights Argument. On all sides of the abortion debate, most people agree that those of us outside the womb have equal value. Ask what we have in common that makes us equal, and listen carefully to the answer.
In this example, the proposed answer is that being able to survive on our own is what makes us equal. But animals like ducks can survive on their own just as much as we can survive on our own. Animal abuse is not okay, but animals and humans do not have equal value; for example, it makes sense to test medical products on animals before humans. So being able to survive on one’s own can’t be what makes us equal.
We think what makes us equal is simply that we’re all members of the human species. The human fetus is also a member of the human species, so if we’re correct, then the fetus is a person with the same value as you and me.