Hey Dojo readers,
Many people mistakenly believe that abortion is a “religious” issue. That there is a “war on women” (news flash: there is not) and it is being waged by “religious fundamentalists” who seek to impose their theocratic views on all the wombs in America.
Of course anyone who’s educated on the topic knows that there are various groups who oppose abortion for entirely non-religious reasons. Feminists for Life, The Atheist & Agnostic Pro-Life League and Libertarians for Life are just a few examples.
I came across this comment today on a Facebook thread by Julie Borowski that I had honestly never heard voiced before in all my years of discussing the ethics of abortion. It was from an atheist and–within the worldview of atheism–seemed fairly compelling:
I’m an atheist and anti-abortion. In fact, I would think atheists would be MORE anti-abortion than religious folks. Presumably, the soul would be ok if the baby is murdered in the womb. As an atheist, the person would be robbed of their chance to ever exist. Think about that a few minutes. From an atheists perspective, what are the odds that YOU, as an individual with your consciousness was lucky enough to exist? All the random combinations of DNA and parentage, the odds of you ever existing are incredibly slim (to say the least), and you would rob a being of ever being born?
Obviously from the perspective of Biblical theism, abortion-on-demand is a heinous evil. But within the philosophical ethics of atheism (which I admit to not be able to relate deep down) there’s a certain beauty to this response that, I believe, rises above the ethical framework from which it arose.
What do you think, Dojo readers?