Pro-Choice: Abortion kills a human being, but should be legal

By Sarah Terzo

Mark Mercer, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary’s University, wrote this for the Ottawa Citizen

At conception comes a new human being.

Abortion, then, involves the killing of a human being. But that abortion involves the deliberate killing of a human being is no reason for abortion to be illegal. Nor should one be morally troubled by it….

A human fetus… though human, has only a rudimentary awareness of its environment and lacks self consciousness entirely. It has no interest in living, for it can have no interests at all.

Because a fetus is not a person, killing a fetus is not killing a person.

“Pro-Abort Professor: Abortion Involves Deliberate Killing? That’s Still Not A Reason To Be Morally Troubled.” Stand Your Ground, May 6, 2010

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.