MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Wants to Take the Science Out of the Abortion Debate

tamponearringsThis 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!

2 thoughts on “MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Wants to Take the Science Out of the Abortion Debate

  1. I know I am old, 60, but I have heard just about all the debates that can be proffered to allow abortion for any reason at any time during a pregnancy. However, Harris-Perry takes the cake but not entirely because the Roe vs. Wade decision was made completely without the input of doctors or science. It was purely a political decision. Since the courts made the decision and declared law by fiat and not by legislation, as my son has pointed out, it has never been resolved and likely never will be until legislative bodies are given the proper role of establishing law rather than the courts.
    That being said, Harris-Perry’s comments reveal how shallow the left’s arguments for abortion are truly are. If science/medicine is helping define life and the left does not like it, then the simplest thing to do is ignore the science, in this case the truth and move on with the demand for abortion unlimited.
    For some reason yesterday I was reviewing the original abortion proponent, Margaret Sanger, and her desire to use abortion to eliminate the lesser, unwanted, impure strains from society, i.e., the non-white races. Wonder of Harris-Perry is familiar with Sanger’s thoughts and writings???

  2. I was unwanted by my grandmother and biological father, thank God that my mother considered me to be a “baby” and not some chunk of tissue sloppily thrown together.
    Matthew 24:19, Mark 13:17, Luke 21:23.

    All Harris-Perry is doing here is endorsing literal murder. If one mother loves her fetus and another mother hates her fetus and doesn’t consider it a baby, well then go ahead call the baby something different and kill it off! Might be at the same stage as that other woman’s “baby” but you don’t want to deal with it! Well kill it off, that little person is just an inconvenience to you! In the same way that Uriah was an inconvenience to David…and Able to Cain…

    We’ve legalized the murder of innocents and justify it through “feelings,” I shudder to think of what’s next.

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