Blogs » J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria » “I believe it is a human person, but I want to kill it anyway...”


I remember my course work in college. My professor, a very active lawyer in the pro-life movement, presented an encounter with an abortion security guard. My professor had walked around a corner of a building that performed abortions. He gazed into the trash can and found a dead human person thrown away. As he was looking inside, the security guard engaged him in conversation. They traded words as the professor pleaded to take the body for a proper burial. It was quite obvious to him that this was a little person. What surprised him most was the comment from the security guard, “We all know it is a person, what are you going to do about?” How do you reason with such a person? This is the point where you walk quietly away and pray that the security guard doesn't think any further about his own philosophy of life, if he does go further in his philosophy pray that he doesn’t act on it, if he does act on it pray that you and other innocent people are no where around.

In the early nineties, a court case called Planned Parenthood v. Casey came before the Supreme Court. It is stated in the court opinion, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Whatever that means, given its scope, I wonder one thing. And this wonderment I open to discussion to you. If a mother of a child in the womb believes she is carrying a human person because she has, at the heart of her liberty, defined her concept of existence, meaning, universe, and mystery of life as beginning at conception for herself and her child, and she still gets an abortion, does she violate the law? Does the doctor?

Most of you know my thoughts on abortion and this is not really a debate on abortion itself, rather this specific scenario. What do you think?