This week, a Pew poll reported that one third of adults under age 30 have no religious affiliation. That is the highest ever recorded.
Pro-lifers should take notice of these changing demographics. We’re a group that tends to be strongly religious, and that’s a good thing in my opinion. But not everyone listening to us is, and, for that matter, not everyone in the pro-life movement is.
It’s important for us to remember that the right to life is not just a religious issue. But the right to life is a truth – every human life from conception to natural death is valuable and should be protected. And the great thing about truth is that no matter what angle you approach it from – religious, social, ethical, scientific – you still come back to the truth.
So, here are some secular pro-life arguments for the growing number of “unaffiliated.” These four points are from the group Secular Pro-Life:
First, science proves that a fetus is a human being. Thanks to modern technology, we know that life really does begin at conception.
Since we know that a human life does begin that moment, we then must ask whether that life is a person. When we look at theories about personhood, we see that, second, there is no agreed-upon, objective distinction between a human being and a person.
So, since we cannot definitively prove the difference, we must, third, agree that a human being merits human rights – from the moment of conception.
And fourth, a woman’s bodily integrity – the idea that no person has the right to use another person’s body against their will – is not sufficient to justify most abortions.