Students for Life of America (SFLA) conducted interviews on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus and discovered several students who had no problem with infanticide, much less abortion. It’s a position The College Fix argues is becoming “increasingly comfortable” for college students to hold. It’s also a trend SFLA doubted, but not any more.
One male student they talked with on camera agreed with the notion that infants up to the age of two could be killed because they aren’t sentient. In fact, the unidentified student compared young children to trees because they are unable to communicate:
“The fact of the matter is without communication, we have no way of knowing if you’re sentient or not. I mean, it’s no different than this tree. It’s alive, but is it sentient? I don’t know. I cannot communicate to it.”
SFLA pushed back saying it’s a little tough to buy the tree comparison, but the student doubled down and even repeated himself to be clear:
“Can the two-year-old talk to me? Can the two-year-old talk to me? In some instances I’m fairly certain that is. But generally speaking the child is still have [sic] the inability to communicate. And until we determine that as such – at what point does sentience become an issue – we can’t really debate whether or not that is the situation or not.”
Spoken like someone who has never raised a child. Yet, somehow he still considers himself an authority on the matter.
This argument was much like the one actor James Franco encountered when he interviewed an abortion rights activist who tried to convince him that abortions are dependent upon a future person’s moral worth. That is, if a woman chooses to abort her child, then that child obviously doesn’t have “moral status.” If a woman chooses to let the baby live, then the child obviously has “moral status.” The confusion on Franco’s face says it all. Even leftists are wising up to these terrible arguments for abortion: