I want to clarify my earlier letter stating that abortion kills fetuses, not babies. I did not say that fetuses are non-human. I did not say that they are lacking their own DNA. I did not say that they are unworthy of mourning when a woman spontaneously aborts against her will. I did not contest the happy and privileged sentiment of a woman to regard her embryo as her already unborn child and to love it more than she's ever loved anything.
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I simply said that abortion does not kill actual babies. To say it does is a euphemistic dodge to deny a woman her inherent right to decide the metaphysics of what's going on inside her body and what to do about it. You don't hear "Abortion kills fetuses" as a pro-life argument for good reason. It's always babies. It's emotional. It conjures up images of innocence being led to the slaughterhouse. It's false and deserves to be embarrassed.
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