There is a substantial difference between an unborn child in early development and a tumor. A tumor is a non-functional collection of cells that share the host’s DNA. An unborn child, on the other hand, has its own DNA; it is genetically distinct from its mother. When a woman has a tumor removed, she is discarding an abnormal part of her own body. When a woman aborts a fetus, she is discarding someone else’s entire body. For obvious reasons, the right to life only applies in the latter case.

Like tumors, sperm and ova are also disanalogous to the unborn. Philosopher and pro-life apologist Francis J. Beckwith writes: “Sperm and ova do not have a right to life because they are not individual genetic human beings, but are merely parts of individual genetic human beings.”1

While this is self-evident to any clear-thinking person, many have had their judgment clouded by the abortion industry’s misleading vocabulary. When the unborn are routinely described as mere “blobs of tissue” or “clumps of cells”, widespread misconceptions are sure to follow.

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Notes and Sources

  1. Francis J. Beckwith, Answering Arguments for Abortion Rights,