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Infants Can’t Converse
Josh Brahm calls this “the 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 intelligence is what makes us equal. But infants are not particularly intelligent. They can’t have conversations for the first couple of years outside the womb. Most people agree that infants deserve the right to life just as much as adults. So intelligence 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.