Gregory Koukl, in his book Precious Unborn Human Persons, offers the following summary of the abortion debate:

If the unborn is not a human person, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human person, no justification for abortion is adequate.

He’s correct. In all the rhetoric about murder, choice, women’s rights, legality, privacy, and the like, the one debate that has never occurred in the public media is if what is in the womb is a human person or not. Scientifically we know that the fetus is alive – but is the fetus a human person?

If we agree that the fetus is a human person, then we must be against abortion, even in some of the most extreme circumstances (rape and incest). If, however, we believe the fetus to be non-human, or a non-human person, then abortion isn’t even an issue.

It seems that people on both sides ignore this issue. They debate and debate, but never bring it down to this. If they were to do this, I believe we could reach a conclusion on the procedure, pass laws accordingly, and move on.