During an event at the University of California, Berkeley, this Thursday, a student attempted to stump conservative speaker, Ben Shapiro, on the topic of abortion. However, the student got more than he bargained for, and Shapiro artfully crushed the liberal student with the weight of logic.
After the main speaking event, Shapiro was fielding questions from the audience, when one student came to the microphone, “I just wanted to know why exactly do you think a first-trimester fetus has moral value?” the student asked.
Shapiro responded, arguing, “A first trimester fetus has moral value because whether you consider it a potential human life or a full-on human life, it has more value than just a cluster of cells. If left to its natural processes, it will grow into a baby.”
He followed up with a hypothetical, for the liberal student to ponder, “So the real question is where are you gonna draw the line? Are you gonna draw the line at the heartbeat? Because it’s very hard to draw the line at the heartbeat. There are people who are adults who are alive because of a pacemaker and they need some sort of outside force generating their heartbeat.”
“Are you going to do it based on brain function? OK, well what about people who are in a coma? Should we just kill them?” he added.
“The problem is that whenever you draw any line other than the inception of the child, you end up drawing a false line that can be applied to people who are adults,” he concluded. “So either human life has intrinsic value or it doesn’t. We both agree that adult human life has intrinsic value — can we start from that premise?” Shapiro asked.
“I believe that sentience is what gives something moral value, not necessarily being a human alone,” the student responded back.
“OK, so when you’re asleep, can I stab you?” Shapiro asked.
“I’m still considered sentient when I’m asleep,” the student fired back.
“OK, if you are in a coma from which you may awake, can I stab you?” Shapiro asked again.
“Well, then, uhh, no,” the student answered. “That’s still potential sentience.”
“I agree it is potential sentience. You know what else is potential sentience? Being a fetus,” Shapiro said, in triumph.
In response, the student attempted to fall back on another argument, saying that the “burden” that “unwanted” children have on potential parents justifies abortion.
Exposing the ‘Pro-Choice’ student for what he really believed about human life, Shapiro concluded, “I don’t believe that you being a burden on somebody is justification for them killing you.”