I’m catching up on my #BenAtBerkeley clips, since 8:00 Berkeley time is bedtime here on the East Coast. Lots of good stuff, but this total annihilation of the leftist abortion argument needs to be shared.
Before I do, I want to make sure to point out that it’s a total annihilation of the argument and NOT the person who asked the question. Everyone from the left who actually went to the speech and asked questions did so looking to engage with someone they disagree with. That’s how it’s supposed to be.
As opposed to the people outside (see Leftists Accuse Ben Shapiro of White Supremacy. Declare Speech to be Violence and this nimrod with a garbage can). They can all go step on a Lego.
My two favorite lines:
“So when you’re asleep, can I stab you?”
“I don’t believe that you being a burden on somebody is justification for them killing you, as a general rule.”
None of this, of course, explains why 20% of all Daily Wire tumbler purchases goes towards Planned Paren…wait, that’s not confirmed yet? I thought I read that somewhere.
Also, it was a joke, people. Stop it.
Here’s a quick and dirty guide to arguing against abortion. There are four differences between unborn people and born people which abortion advocates try to use as reasons to kill babies, easily remembered with an acronym: SLED which stands for size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency.
An unborn baby is smaller than a born baby. But so too is a born baby smaller than a toddler. A five-year-old smaller than an adult. Size does not determine a person’s humanity.
An unborn baby is less developed than a born baby. But so too is a toddler less developed than a teenager. And a teenager less developed than a retiree. Development does not determine a person’s humanity.
An unborn baby is in a different physical location (her mother’s womb) than a born person. But a person’s environment doesn’t make them any less human. A person is no less a person in outer space than they are in Congress. A person’s environment does not determine their humanity.
Finally, an unborn baby is entirely dependent on its mother to survive. But so too is a born baby. Left alone it will die. A teenager is more dependent on its parents than an adult. Except maybe a Millennial. And so on and so forth. If a person is depending on a ventilator to breathe, for example, that person is still a person. Varying degrees of dependency does not determine a person’s humanity. This one goes to the “sentient” argument Ben just wrecked.
Co-written by John Porter and Courtney Kirchoff (who added the SLED explanation for your educational enjoyment).