Many people consider the topic of abortion to be a complex moral issue. Right to choose, right to life, privacy, safety, legality. With so many questions and concerns, who can decide what is morally good? This controversy, which at first appears to be a dilemma clouded with uncertainty, is resolved by discovering the answer to a single question: What is it?
Imagine yourself at home standing in front of the sink washing dishes. A small child, perhaps your son or daughter, walks up while your back is turned and asks, "Mommy/Daddy, can I kill this?" Before you answer, what is the first thing you must find out? You can never answer the question "Can I kill this?" unless you first answer a prior question: What is it?
And so it is with abortion.
Abortion kills something that is alive. The unborn is growing, metabolizing, and is reacting to stimuli. So what is it? What is the unborn? Is the unborn a valuable human being that has a right to life and protection under the law? If so, abortion is a moral evil since it has resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent human beings simply because they are in the way and cannot defend themselves. Or is the unborn simply a gelatinous cellular blob which can be readily discarded at the slightest whim? If so, just have the abortion! Why make excuses or attempt to give reasons of why you are morally justified in doing so? As Greg Koukl has stated so well, "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."
In the end, despite what pro-abortion choice advocates may say, abortion is not about choice, privacy, or rights. It is not about what a woman can and cannot do with her own body. The central concern and only issue that needs to be resolved is the status of the unborn. What is the unborn? Answer this and you have solved the abortion riddle.
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