Liberal Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen sought to refute faith-based arguments against abortion Wednesday as she bemoaned the “fantastical” and “scary” idea that people have souls, and that those belonging to aborted babies never got the chance to live their lives on Earth.
Fox News reports:
In a piece headlined, “‘How would you feel if your mother had aborted you?’ Easy. I’d feel nothing,” Cohen argued that aborted babies “feel nothing” because they wouldn’t have ever existed following the abortion, and that if it came down to a choice between her “potential existence” and her mother’s “freedom,” she would choose the latter every time.
“When Elizabeth Spiers, an adoptee, wrote a thoughtful essay about the limits of adoption as a simple replacement for abortion (as suggested by Justice Amy Coney Barrett), she received a cascade of responses along the lines of: ‘If your mother felt she had a choice and chose differently you’d be fine with it?'” Cohen wrote while also referencing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an ongoing Supreme Court case challenging Mississippi’s recently enacted law restricting abortions.
“I’ve got the answer! She wouldn’t beanything — fine or not fine — because she wouldn’t be,” Cohen added. “To those of us who don’t believe in God, this sounds fantastical. And a little scary coming from the House floor,” Cohen wrote.
“Human lives, when seen this way, inhabit a strange kind of solidity even in the abstract: Before they live — even if they never live — these people were meant to be. And, ifthey do become (actual) people, their existence is retroactively deemed inevitable and necessary, ‘God’s will’ and not just one of a zillion possible combinations of sperm and egg and time and chance,” she added.
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