A professor gives the worst argument I think ever recorded for early abortions and why they aren’t wrong.
Did I mention the professor is from Princeton?
And she tells actor James Franco, who’s face I think perfectly sums up all the moral garbage she spews:
Franco, alongside his friend and professor, Eliot Michaelson, host a YouTube show called “Philosophy Time.”
Aside from the incredibly flawed “nothing morally bad about early abortions” argument from the Princeton prof, the two hosts don’t nod along in agreement. Instead they press her, which is kind of refreshing.
According to the professor, “nothing morally bad happens” if a fetus is never carried to term – for whatever reason – abortion or miscarriage. However, if you are born, then you did have moral status at the time of conception. Here is the crux of her argument:
“…among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings. So, James, when you were an early fetus, and Eliot, when you were an early fetus, all of us I think we already did have moral status then. But we had moral status in virtue of our futures.”
Unlike some in Hollywood, James Franco pressed her, “Can’t you only judge that in hindsight?”
This is where her argument really doesn’t hold up:
There is a real question of, how could we know? Well, often we do know. So often, if we know that a woman is planning to get an abortion, and we know that abortion is available to her, then we know that fetus is going to die—that it’s not the kind of thing like the fetuses that became us. It’s not something with moral status, in my view. Often we have reason to believe that a fetus is the beginning stage of a person. So, if we know that it’s that a woman is planning to continue her pregnancy, then we good reason to that her fetus is something with moral status something with this future as a person.
If you dare look at the final part of her argument, get ready for some serious spin:
Another thing that you were bringing up was the idea that, in my view, in aborting we’re taking away the moral status that the fetus would have had moral status, but by aborting we take it away, and I think that’s the wrong way to look at it. I think the right way to look at it is that just given the current state of the fetus you know it’s not having any experiences. There’s nothing about its current state that would make it a member of the moral community. It’s derivative of its future that it gets to have moral status. So it’s really the future and endows moral status on it and if we allow it to have this future and then we’re allowing it to be the kind of thing that now would have moral status so in aborting it I don’t think you’re depriving it of something that it independently has.
My reaction? Franco’s face…again:
It doesn’t take a Princeton professor to know that human life begins at conception. Thanks to science and religion, we’re pretty clear on that point.
Her mental and moral gymnastics only works if you nod along like an idiot and don’t use your brain or your heart.
I will give her this point. At the very least, she recognizes the value of life for some babies in their mother’s womb.
Where she doesn’t have logic or heart, are with the little children who are miscarried or aborted, and that’s pathetic on her part. This isn’t some Watters’ World segment or children’s story time – no she is paid professionally for this pathetic propaganda.
Thank you, James, for this face in the face of liberal lunacy: