Is Abortion an Injustice, and Why Does It Affect My Life?

I sometimes get requests to do interviews for local students. You can read one of them here at I just did another one, and this is my response to two of his questions:

Student: What do you think makes abortion an injustice?

Injustice is the quality or fact of being unjust, which usually means violating the rights of another. For example, slavery was unjust because it infringed on the natural rights of black human beings to have liberty and be treated with dignity and respect. I believe that abortion is unjust because it infringes on the unborn child’s natural right to live. If the right to life is meaningless, then all other rights are meaningless as well.

But I don’t believe that all living creatures have a natural right to live. I think that’s true only of human beings. So once again, the ultimate question is whether or not the unborn are human beings. Because I have strong biological and philosophical arguments that lead me to believe that the unborn are indeed human beings, I believe elective abortion, by definition, is unjust.

I’m basically an equal rights guy. I think all human beings are intrinsically valuable, meaning they are valuable because of the kind of thing they are, human beings, made in God’s image. So if you and I have an equal right to life because we’re human, and if the unborn is human too, then the unborn has an equal right to life as well.

Student: How does abortion affect your life?

It affects my life in a similar way to how slavery affected William Wilberforce’s life. He wasn’t in danger of becoming a slave himself, but he saw a great evil and decided to spend the bulk of his life fighting it. I see a great injustice, that more than three-thousand human beings are killed every day in America alone, and it’s happening because a lot of people in our society are really confused about human value. They think that people only morally matter after they are developed enough or able to live outside their mother’s body. I want to help convince them that they are wrong, and that we should not be killing human beings in the womb, regardless of whether or not it’s legal.

Question: How does abortion affect YOUR life? Post your response below in the comments.


Josh Brahm is the President of Equal Rights Institute, an organization that trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly and argue persuasively.

Josh uses speaking, writing and campus outreach to emphasize practical dialogue tips, pro-life philosophy, and relational apologetics.

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