Preposterous Pro-Abortion Position

From Issue: R&R – July 2022

Aristotle once wrote, “[T]he same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject and in the same respect…. [I]t is impossible for the same man at the same time to believe the same thing to be and not to be.”1 It is impossible, for example, for a single door to be completely shut and completely open at the same time. Likewise, it is contradictory for a man to say, “Yesterday I never left my house to go to the store,” if indeed he did leave his house yesterday to go to the store. The fact is, nothing can both be and not be for the same person, place, or thing, at the same time, and in the same sense.2 For a person to say otherwise, he is either a liar or delusional.

Consider the nature of a contradiction in light of the pro-abortion movement and related laws in America. How is it that the same unborn child can be a human being and not a human being at the same time? For example, if a mother and her six-month-old unborn baby boy are brutally murdered while walking into a hospital, the perpetrator may likely be charged with “double murder.”3 Why double murder? Because both the mother and her unborn child are human beings. However, if that same mother walks into a medical facility to have someone remove the (alleged) non-human “appendage” from her body, the mother and her accomplice are protected by the law (in many states, even when the unborn child is nine months old). These positions are so blatantly contradictory that even Heather Boonstra, Vice President for Public Policy at the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, once stated: “The law cannot hold both that a pregnant woman is two persons and at the same time allow her to have an abortion.”4

It is no secret that former President Barak Obama strongly supports the pro-abortion platform. He has been a consistent advocate of pro-abortion policies for many years. It is also no secret that Washington, D.C., has some of the least restrictive abortion laws in the United States,5 allowing for abortion for any reason at any point during the mother’s pregnancy. Astonishingly, when President Obama occupied the White House, policies on tours of the premises “require[d] pregnant visitors to count their unborn child as a person for tours of the executive mansion.”6 So, in our nation’s capital, a pregnant woman could visit the President’s home (at least at one time),7 only if she first filled out paperwork in which she counted her unborn child as a human being. Yet, that same mother was free to leave the White House, enter a D.C. abortion clinic, and have her unborn child murdered under the protection of a blatantly contradictory law that a past and current President endorses.

The fact is, at best, the pro-abortion movement in America is absurd—leaving behind reality at every turn. At worst, it is a repugnant blight on society—so evil that the horrific shedding of innocent blood is actually considered proper by millions of Americans. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).


1 Aristotle, Metaphysics, trans. W.D. Ross,, 4:4.

2 Cf. W. Stanley Jevons (1928), Elementary Lessons in Logic (London: Macmillan), p. 117.

3 Cf. Steven Ertelt (2009), “California Man Convicted Killing Both Pregnant Girlfriend and Unborn Child,”

4 As quoted in Stephanie Simon (2001), “Debate Grows on Whether Fetuses Should Have Special Legal Status,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6A, June 17,,6695111.

5 “State Policies in Brief: An Overview of Abortion Laws” (2013), Guttmacher Institute, June 1, http//

6 Dave Boyer (2012), “Security at Pro-Choice White House Counts Unborn Children,” Washington Times, May 8,, emp. added.

7 It is unclear as to whether this is still the policy.

Article updated 7/1/2022


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