Abortion is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. In fact, do you know what the supposed right to abortion, which the court found in Roe v. Wade, is based on? It’s the statement that you have a right not to have your house searched by the police without a warrant. Seriously. That’s the closest thing to a right to abortion in the Constitution. The logic was that this statement, along with certain others whose relevance is even murkier, kind of implies the existence of a more general right to privacy, and therefore, since abortion is a private decision between a woman and her doctor, abortion is a constitutionally protected right.
Let’s talk about this. Even supposing that the aforementioned passage is referencing a more general right to privacy, one would have to conclude that the only aspect of this ethereal “right to privacy” actually protected by the Constitution is the right not to have your house searched by the police without a warrant—certainly not a right to abortion.
But let’s even suppose that there is an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Still, the intellectual leap to a right to abortion is a preposterous stretch unless you assume a priori that an unborn child is not a person. Because, if he is, then using privacy to justify abortion’s legality would allow privacy to justify the legality of literally any action under the sun. If the fetus is a person, then to say that abortion should be legal because it is “just a private decision between a woman and her doctor” is exactly analogous to saying, “Robbing the bank should be legal because it is just a private decision between the thief and his accomplice.”2 Of course, robbing the bank isn’t a private decision because it affects a third, non-consenting party—the people whose money gets stolen. Similarly, if the unborn child is a person, then abortion isn’t a private decision between a woman and her doctor, because the person adversely affected isn’t involved in the decision. So the key question is whether the unborn child is a person.
“The zygote is human life….there is one fact that no one can deny; Human beings begin at conception.” -“The Scientific Evidence for Life Before Birth”