USE THE ACRONYM ‘SLED’ TO DESCRIBE THE HUMANITY OF THE PRE-BORN:
SIZE: Embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why does that matter? Do we say that large people are more human than small ones? Men are generally larger than women but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.
LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT: Embryos and fetuses are less developed than the adults they will one day become. Six year old girls are less developed than sixteen year old girls but this doesn’t change their value as human beings. Some people say that self-awareness makes one human. Six week old infants don’t have the ability yet to perform human mental functions and neither do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping and those with Alzheimer’s. But because they are human, they have the right to life. So why not babies in the womb?
ENVIRONMENT: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can it be that the unborn suddenly change from non-human to human after the short journey down the birth-canal. The unborn have the same value as the born.
DEGREE OF DEPENDENCY: Those who depend on insulin, kidney or other medications are valuable because they are human and we may not kill them. Newborn babies, needing others to feed and care for them, are dependant but we value them. So why not give the dependant baby in the womb the same value?