In the past, many people have argued that abortion is merely a religious issue. Over and over, they repeat the same political propaganda. They insist that the only reason conservatives oppose abortions is their blind adherence to specific religious conventions. This manifests itself in many ways, including millennial bloggers at college campuses talking about how “sick and tired” they are of women not getting access to “health care” due to people’s extremely “outdated” religious views. The argument that abortion is merely a religious issue is a hoax created by the left in order to discredit both religion and pro-life activists.
Proponents of abortion have frequently suggested that opposition to abortion arises merely from Christian beliefs, as suggested in this abortion debate letter on USA Today’s Network and by this blogger on Medium. These pieces from earlier this year are conventional straw man arguments that have been proven wrong time and time again. The abortion issue provokes an ethical and scientific debate. This is why many atheist leaders in the past have stated that abortion is wrong. This is why bioethicists in the past debate so much over it. This is why there are many deontological arguments against abortion. Consider modern embryology, since this field proves time and time again that the fetus should be considered a human life.
However, as a man of science, I think abortion is ethically wrong as well. Modern embryology has proven that performing an abortion still takes away the life of a human being. While many bioethicists argue for abortion, some of the world’s most prominent atheists and philosophers have publicly stated that they can not support it. The infamous Christopher Hitchens, who was at times even more secular than Richard Dawkins, refused to come out and support abortion.
Although Christopher Hitchens has supported contraception and women’s access to abortion in some circumstances, he still stated that abortion takes away the life of an unborn child, during his popular debate “Humanism and Abortion”. He has also advocated strongly against funding for abortion.
Although he is not the perfect pro-life advocate we are searching for, Hitchens could not support abortion from a scientific standpoint. This is because he believes that the fetus is an unborn child and that “all the discoveries of embryology, which have been very considerable over the last generation or so, and viability, appear to confirm that opinion”. Even some online forums contain some confessions of less famous pro-Life atheists. Presumably, they either took it from an ethical or completely scientific standpoint (certainly not from their strong religious faith), so to label the pro-life movement as only a religious issue is completely irresponsible.