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An Atheist Argues Against Abortion

David Hunt

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November 13, 2003

Yes, I am indeed an atheist. Raised as a Jew, I became an atheist in my late teens over two decades ago. I'm happy with it, and am stating it because of the perception that all atheists are pro-abortion...

It started with a bumper sticker several years ago. That bumper sticker read, "If it's not a child, you're not pregnant." The more I thought about it, the more I agreed with it in my gut..

A woman wakes up to another day of morning nausea. She buys a pregnancy test, and it comes up positive. From there, two scenarios unfold, admittedly at extreme ends of the spectrum....

Scenario One: She is suffused with warmth, knowing that she is about to be a mother. Names flash through her mind. Visions of baby clothes, cribs, and everything else dance before her eyes as she starts making plans for one of -- if not the -- biggest events in her life.

Scenario Two: She curses, throwing the test into the trash. Upon leaving the bathroom, she reaches for the yellow pages for the phone number of an abortion clinic.

They could be the same woman. Is one physically different from the other? No. Is the embryo inside her different? No. The sole difference is her perception of the nascent life inside her...

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