This past weekend, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry drew a lot of attention for not only an interesting pair of accessories, tampon earrings, but also for her statements on when life begins. Often pro-lifers are told by pro-choicers to keep their feelings and religion (Ps. 139:13-15; Jer.1:4-5; Isa. 49:1,5; Gal.1:15) out of the debate and stick to science and facts, but Melissa Perry has taken a different spin on when life begins:
“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feelings of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday. “The problem is that many of our policymakers want to base sweeping laws on those feelings.”
Over the past years, science has been tipping the scale in favor of those fighting for the life of the unborn; at just 5 weeks old, a baby already has a heartbeat that can be detected and at 10 weeks can wiggle and respond to your touch. Even more recently, scientific studies are concluding that a fetus can feel pain as early as 20 weeks. But according to Melissa, science doesn’t matter when it comes to this debate. Though science and a doctor’s medical input would probably become important when a woman finds herself pregnant with a “wanted child” and she’s wanting to know how to best take of care of her body and the body of her fetus.
With the birth of the royal baby bringing light to the media’s choice to call it a “baby” from the moment Kate and William announced their pregnancy, it’s being revealed that much of the media and pro-choicers do base their beliefs and stances on feelings, not facts or science. If Kate and William had chosen to terminate their pregnancy, then it would have been a fetus or clump of tissue but because their feelings were different and the child was wanted, then their son was validated as a true human life.
Harris-Perry concludes women with unwanted pregnancies do not share the same experience as the Duchess of Cambridge. Their different experiences may include different feelings, but she admits that it does not change the biology and science, which to her is inconsequential.
“When a pregnancy is wanted . . . it is easy to think of the bump as a baby,” Harris-Perry said. “An unwanted pregnancy can be biologically the same as a wanted one. But the experience can be entirely different,” she added.
For a couple who has been trying to have a baby their child’s life may begin as soon as they see the + sign on the test, but for another woman the life may never begin even though she received that same + sign on her test, heard the heartbeat at 6 weeks, and had that same heartbeat stop at 15 weeks when she decided to end the pregnancy. One was a baby because it was wanted but the other wasn’t because the mother’s feelings were different; same biology, same science but different emotions.
For you, what most comes into play on your beliefs regarding life and abortion; religious beliefs, feelings, science, logic? Tell us what you think about Harris-Perry’s comments; we want to know!