I’m an outdoorsman. I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities. My wife and children also enjoy the outdoors, and often accompany me on these activities. (I’m going somewhere with this. I promise.)

Let’s imagine a situation in which I’m out in the woods with my family. My nine-year-old daughter says from behind me, “Dad, do you mind if I kill this?” How should I answer?

Hopefully, at this point, you’re recognizing that I don’t have enough information. If it’s a tick or some invasive species, please do! If it’s her little brother, it’s time for me to start questioning my parenting choices…

So I should respond by asking a question: “What is it?” Likewise, the question of abortion revolves around one question.

What is it?

Ultrasound image of baby at 16 weeks gestation
Ultrasound at 16 weeks gestation

If it’s just a clump of cells or a blob of tissue, no justification is necessary. If it’s a living human being, then the kinds of justification we usually hear are not adequate.

The Abortion Debate: It All Hinges on One Question
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