The Supreme Court’s hypocenter decision in 1973 on Roe v. Wade has been the epicenter of political tsunamis with the deluging dour consequences of women’s rights and dialogues of reasoning morbidities. The evangelical’s political and religious denouncement of the Court’s decision to empower women rights of choice, conferred to the moral police a faux legitimate suspension of Christian ethics, which rationalizes the hypocritical, “the end justifies the means” strategy of duplicity and prevarication. The purported corroborative references inciting condemnation from the virtue protagonist are the Bible and allege conversations with their God. One is falsifiable, the other, not so much. Within the framing of the Enlightenment, the Age of Reason (1650-1700) with their prescient philosophers: Voltaire, Diderot, Spinoza, Locke, and Jefferson who extricated divine intervention as a tenable explanation for natural-world’s phenomena of cause and effect, and so too, I will honed my arguments. Basically, first, I will disqualify the non-falsifiable God conversation; and then, exercise an exegesis of pertinent scripture that would suggest their deity’s intent regarding ensoulment and preferential considerations between mother v. zygote/embryo/fetus: the trinity of the uterus. I will conclude with a scientific– biology solution to the abortion issue by reframing the question from life to humanism: when does humanism start?
In reading the Bible, I truly can appreciate how the scriptures could be easily misconstrued; it apparently, appears to be encapsulated in ancient jingoism and void of any science. You would of thought, the creator of the universe, The Omniscient, would have solicited an assiduous editor; say la vee.
The faithful hold great stock in ensoulment; but, there is a bit of a controversy on its inception. There is a camp of the obdurate pious, who assert that this spiritual imbuement is at conception, and coincidently, simultaneously so does life; a political placard mantra of the pro- life evangelicals. This “doubled-muddled” polemical, unfortunately, has no scripture support; and besides, even their God, The Omniscient, is acutely aware of spontaneous abortions and identical twins, all crafted by Mister Big, himself, who, needless to say, realizes it would be a profligacy of souls by adorning each zygote with “it” for each and every conception. Adroitly, Mister Big exercises parsimony in doling out the souls, for he knows that ~ 50% of all zygotes are spontaneously aborted, and the splitting of the zygote, days after conception, in the rare case of identical twins, would be a soul short.
So, what exactly does God say, regarding the instilling of a soul onto the vehicle corpus, Homo sapiens: Genesis 2:7 And Lord God formed man [completely developed; not a zygote, not an embryo, and not a fetus—man] of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils [this is the very moment, we have been searching for; the ensoulment] the breathe of life; and became a LIVING SOUL. To me, The Christian God makes it abundantly clear, that man is fully formed before becoming the recipient harbor of the sacrosanct soul; to repudiate this, is to, recant the word of their God.
The feckless pro-lifers attempt to confer personhood [a political ruse to deny women’s right of choice implicit in the Supreme Court’s case Rove v. Wade] to the uterine trinity, is solely or should I say soully weighted on scripture, so they proclaim—but wait—the one parable that has pertinence to the preferential consideration, to chagrin of the bible thumpers, sides with the women, the mother: Exodus 22: 22-23: If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow[apparently, abortion is not considered mischief] : he shall be surely punished according as the woman’s husband [I can see why evangelicals are apathetic regarding women equity with men and comfortable with women subjugation] will lay upon him: and he shall pay as the judges determine [the fine is comparable to a health insurance premium] . 23: And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life [God indubitably subscribes to the culture mandate that woman has been conferred personhood and entitled to all the rights and protections deemed to its citizens outline by the country’s laws— and, the uterine resident, not so much.]
The fanatical pro-lifers claim that scripture is, “the source of authority” that substantiates their intransigent position, which incidentally, exposes them to the deleterious consequences of committing a flagrant infraction of the penultimate commandment: Exodus 20:16 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Yet, they persist; when you dismiss the conversation, reason is a casualty. Not only does anti-abortionist’s cause run counter to divine dictate, but the country’s constitution stipulates that theological dogma cannot be the impetus of legislation; for one denomination cannot be officially preferred over another without running afoul of the state and federal constitutions.
So, there you have it, both the bible and the constitution does not support the delusional defenders of the ersatz citizen zygote. Yet, there are a couple of more nails that need to be pounded in this coffin before entombing. A biological reality needs to be anatomically defined and explicated to our illustrious pious prevaricators.
Let us start with by defining the uterine trinity:
Zygote After a female egg is fertilized, the resulting one-celled organism becomes known as a zygote. Once the egg is fertilized, the zygote begins a two-week period of rapid cell division and will eventually become an embryo. The zygote divides through a process known as mitosis, in which each cell doubles by dividing into two cells. This two-week stage is known as the germinal period of development and covers the time of conception to the implantation of the embryo in the uterus
Embryo The fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, marks the beginning of the embryonic period. This is when the brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form. The embryo is now made of three layers. The top layer — the ectoderm — will give rise to outermost layer of skin, central and peripheral nervous systems, eyes, inner ear, and many connective tissues. The heart and a primitive circulatory system will form in the middle layer of cells — the mesoderm. This layer of cells will also serve as the foundation for bones, muscles, kidneys and much of the reproductive system. At the beginning of the 11th week of pregnancy, or the ninth week after conception, the head still makes up about half of its length. Now, is officially described as a fetus. This week eyes are widely separated, the eyelids fused and the ears low set. Red blood cells are beginning to form in the liver. By the end of this week, external genitalia will start developing into a penis or clitoris and labia majora. By now, it measures about 2 inches (50 millimeters) long from crown to rump and weigh almost 1/3 ounce (8 grams). The inner layer of cells — the endoderm — will become a simple tube lined with mucous membranes. The lungs, intestines and bladder will develop here.
Fetus Analogous to constructing a home; the major organs have been 2×4 framed and sheet-rocked, but the intra-structure of plumbing, blood vessels, and wiring, nerve cells are being initiated and completed. During this gestational period, the discerning structural property that delineates us from the rest of the mammalians is the sublime summit of the colossal complex cerebral cortex. It is not different from other animals, for even a fish has one; but, the convoluted, fissure cut organ has evolutionary bulked-upped, 70% of the total brain weight, and acquired new functions that are uniquely human.
Herein lays my cogent point. The conversation should not be when life begins but when humanism begins; the uterine trinity, zygote, embryo, less than 24 weeks gestational fetus are anatomically not equipped to be a sentient being.
The brain is compartmentalized into three, increasing in function capacities: hindbrain, located at the base of brain composed of the medulla, pons, and cerebellum, which control the basic body functions (without conscious thought) of breathing, blood pressure, intestinal peristaltic undulation, and posture is control; midbrain, visual and audible information is processed—collectively, hind &mid brain are referred to as the reptilian brain stem, the pedestal to the large, Hulking forebrain, the residence of humanism; forebrain, the cerebrum, which lords over the brain stem serfdom, complicated withanatomical bureaucracy and communicates via the venue of billions, rivaling in number the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, of synaptic neurons that houses the incorporeal mind. The cerebrum’s wrinkled convoluted veneer— the cerebral cortex— what distinguishes us from other animals; humanizes, is the anatomical pantheon wherein speech, conscious movement, processor of visual, tastes, and sensory information, and choreographer of social interactions and intellectual endeavors are born. This is the vital real estate of the brain where the elusive mind- consciousness dwells, and if by chance, for any reason, it would sustain damage by disease or blunt trauma, it potentially could defrock the essence of humanism from the corporal:
Severe brain damage can reduce a person to a reflex machine that shows no sign of consciousness or mind. Damage limited only to the cerebral cortex, the highest region of the brain, appears to abolish completely all human characteristics, abilities and awareness. Thompson, R. F. 1975. Introduction to Physiological Psychology.
Long winded point being, is until this vital tissues are constructed, cerebral cortex, and connected, synaptic neurons, which incidentally, comes on the gestational scene at 24 weeks, humanism is void.
This repudiates the alleged pious prevaricators claims of, “The Silent Scream”, of the aborted fetus agonizing in pain during the procedure, factually put, until the synapses are firing, the fetus is incapable of feeling or conscious of anything, specifically, pain!
Last but not least, coincidentally, survivability of the fetus outside the uterus is temporally limited due to the immaturity of the other organs, especially, the lungs. The 3rd trimester humanism and survivability synchronicity potentiates the reason for women’s choice prior to this gestational age for safe abortions: no soul, no conscious, no foul.
Roe v Wade is good legislation imbued in sound reasoning, science and theology.