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Pro-Life Policy: A Perspective for Liberty and Human Rights

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Book Description:

Title

Format

ISBN

Publisher and Year

Pages

Price

Pro-Life Policy: A Perspective for Liberty and Human Rights

PDF E-book

0-9725418-6-1

Alertness Books 2003

131


$2.95


Política Pro-Vida: Una Perspectiva de Libertad y Derechos Humanos

PDF E-book

0-9725418-9-6

Alertness Books 2003


124


$2.95

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Summary:


"In this volume, John Cobin persuasively illustrates that the pro-life position is essentially liberal, from both economic and philosophical perspectives. The exposition is clear and simple and the many appendices make this work suitable for use in the classroom as well. Dr. Cobin was instrumental in refining my thinking on this subject and his book is highly recommended.”
— Joseph S Fulda, CSE, PhD


This book provides a non-religious, classically liberal defense of the pro-life position derived from economic and public policy analysis, as well as moral philosophy. The debate over abortion at an academic level is quite different that what is popularly discussed. In my experience, it is rare to find pro-choice academics who reject the fact that the zygote/fetus is a life and a human being -- and that abortion is the taking of a life and the killing of a human being. The debate is over personhood. Academic abortion-rights advocates argue that some human beings, notably unborn ones, are not persons because public policy or some other social convention has not conferred rights upon them. This philosophy is not new, but it is well thought thought-out. Jews were not considered persons under Hitler, nor were enslaved negroes in the ante-bellum United States. The rationale for such policies always revolves around some genetic or development criteria, such as the ability to reason (among many others). I argue that this position must be rejected by classical liberals (and conservatives) because it is not in the public interest, because there should be no division of human beings by their peers into rights-bearers and non-rights-bearer (on the contrary, there should be equality among human beings), and because public policy must not be the source of human rights to life. Indeed, we become slaves of the state if the state is able to define who has rights and if it is permitted to grant us rights to our bodies and lives. I make a careful argument based on ideas that are not common in the debate literature and I hope you will take time to consider what I have to say. I would also highly recommend the excellent essay by philosophy Professor Peter Kreeft, "Personhood Begins at Conception", to be read in conjunction with my book.


Abortion thumb suckingAbortion suction resultsAbortion salt resultsAbortion bomber wantedFetal parts for saleUnborn Child at 21 weeks grabs the doctor's finger while he operates to repair his fetal spine


Photos: (1) unborn child sucking his thumb, (2) results of suction procedure on 10 week old fetuses, (3) results of salt poisoning on a 19 week old unborn child, (4) FBI Director Louis Freeh announces at FBI Headquarters in Washington Tuesday May 5, 1998 that Eric Robert Rudolph, a suspect in the nation's first fatal bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., has been added to the department's 10-most-wanted list (AP Photo) , (5) fresh fetal tissue for sale, and (6) unborn child (a fetus of 21 weeks) clasps - from his mother's womb - the surgeon's finger who operates to repair his spine (another doctor could have aborted him legally). Click here to read the story and search for page 1, section A, "Amazing prenatal photo changes a family for life", by M.A.J. McKenna, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, April 8, 2000. He was subsequently born December 2, 1999.


What is the legal reasoning, or should I say legal ruse/charade, why public policy permits people to "legally" butcher unborn children as in the two photos above? From a policy and legal point of view, justification may be based not only on the famous Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, but on an even more fundamental and ancient legal doctrine. Consider the following excerpts from the entry "Person", Black's Law Dictionary, 4th ed., page 1300.


"A person is not such because he is human, but because rights and duties are ascribed to him. The person is the legal subject or substance of which the rights and duties are attributes."

"A child en ventre sa mere [in the womb] is not a person. Dietrich v. Northhampton, 138 Mass. 14, 52 Am.Rep. 242: but an infant is so considered; Madden v. Springfield, 131 Mass. 441."

"Persons are the subject of rights and duties; and, as a subject of a right, the person is the object of the correlative duty, and conversely. The subject of a right has been called by Professor Holland, the person of inherence; the subject of a duty, the person of incidence. "Entitled" and "bound" are the terms in common use in English and for most purposes they are adequate. Every full citizen is a person; others human beings, namely, subjects who are not citizens, may be persons [cf. Dred Scott v. Sandford]. But not every human being is necessarily a person, for a person is capable of rights and duties, and there may well be human beings having no legal rights, as was the case with the slaves in English law."


"The pro-life position opposes abortion (1) because abortion violates the rights of a human being, who should all share natural rights equally, (2) because it is in the public interest (a) to protect people who want to live and (b) to promote an increase in the number of human minds (the ultimate economic resource), and (3) because abortion relies on inefficient and problematic proactive public policy (a) to implement and enforce it and (b) to determine which human beings have rights and when."


Contents
1 Introduction
2 Policy overview: the prolife perspective
3 The fundamental issues
4 Responses to criticisms
5 Matters of public policy

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