I am going to present the one scientific argument for which the climate change crowd has no answer. By the end of this column, I will have shown why it is impossible to embrace the scientific case for climate change (global warming) and still support abortion rights. You can believe in climate change or you can be pro-choice. But you can’t legitimately be both. Let me explain.
The case for climate change is summarized in one word – science. Just ask anyone who makes the case for climate change. The argument goes like this: “Over 90 percent of scientists agree that man-induced climate change is real and it is dangerous to our planet and our way of life.” Then they will point to studies they don’t understand produced by scientists they don’t know in languages they can’t read. “Science proves climate change is real, and anyone who doesn’t believe it is ignoring scientific facts.” Science, science, science. That is the argument for climate change.
Whether the climate change alarmists are right is not the point of this column. Let’s assume they are right for the moment. Therein lies the deep hole the climate change alarmists have just dug for themselves, and out of which they cannot climb.
Here’s why, in a word – fetus.
Sure, there is a biblical argument against abortion. There is a moral argument, a spiritual argument, and a physiological argument – none of which will impress the climate change alarmist. They live in the world of science. If science – as they understand it – supports climate change, the case is closed. Sealed. Done. Never to be opened again.
Here’s the problem for the climate change doomsayer. The same science on which he hangs his hat tells us that the victim of an abortion is a real human life.
Life in the womb for a child is as well documented as anything in science. With ultrasound and Doppler machines, as well as other technology, one can monitor the life of a baby in the womb from very near the beginning until birth. Moments after conception, the resulting single cell contains all 46 chromosomes necessary to grow into an adult human being. Within 48 hours of conception, the mother’s body starts producing a hormone to let her know she is pregnant. In the beginning of the third week, the baby’s heart begins to beat, with a blood type that is often different from his mother’s.
During week five, eyes, legs, and hands have begun to develop. By week six, brain waves are detectable. Week eight has every organ in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and the baby can begin to hear. By week twelve, the baby is nearing the end of the first trimester. He has all the necessary parts to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus. He can grasp objects placed in his hand and has fingerprints, a skeletal structure, and circulation.
By week fifteen, he has an adult’s taste buds. At week twenty, the earliest stage at which liberals used to conduct partial-birth abortions, the child can recognize his mother’s voice. He is within one or two weeks of the stage where babies can routinely be saved outside the womb.
In spite of all this, to justify the slaughter of tens of millions of unborn children, abortion apologists have regularly ignored the indisputable science of life in the womb.
Let’s summarize. The same climate change apologist carries his message on the back of science. But when that same science makes clear the fact of life within the mother’s womb, he turns the other way.
The vast majority of climate change alarmists are rooted in leftist ideology – the same ideology that defends abortion. But you can’t have it both ways. If you support climate change on scientific grounds, you must oppose abortion for the same reason. Unless, of course, you support the taking of innocent life.
So if you want to be intellectually honest, you can be a believer in climate change. But only if you stand just as strongly for the life of the unborn.