Ben Shapiro’s appearance at UC Berkeley to give a speech was sure to cause waves among liberals. It didn’t disappoint.
One liberal attempted to ridicule Shapiro publicly about the “moral value” of a fetus, according to Independent Journal Review. Shapiro stated “You know what else is potential sentience? Being a fetus.”
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) September 15, 2017
During a Q&A after his speech, Shapiro became involved in a debate with a student who called himself “Left-leaning.” The student asked Shapiro why he believed a fetus in the first trimester of a pregnancy has “moral value.”
Shapiro responded brilliantly: “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 turned the questioning back to the student, asking where the liberal would “draw the line” for moral value: “Are you going to 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. 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?”
The student tried making the case that sentience is what differentiates a fetus from a human life. Shapiro quickly proved the logical flaw in that line of thinking with a morbidly humorous question: “So when you’re asleep, can I stab you?”
The student quickly responded no, saying he still retained sentience while asleep. Shapiro then asked, “Ok, if you’re in a coma from which you may awake, can I stab you?”
The student again rejected this notion saying that he would have “potential sentience” assuming he woke up and therefore shouldn’t be killed. Shapiro quickly used this assessment to base his argument “I agree it is potential sentience. You know what else is potential sentience? Being a fetus.”
Though the debate ended shortly after, a potential counter-argument the liberal student might have made is that legally we can choose to end the life of a coma patient, despite whatever potential sentience they might have.
The obvious counterpoint to this would show that a coma patient can be medically determined to have minimal or zero chance of ever waking up, while a fetus, barring any medical conditions or concerns, has virtually no reason why they wouldn’t obtain sentience. So a person deciding to abort a fetus would be the equivalent of someone taking a coma patient off life support that doctors have guaranteed with a high level of certainty would shortly wake up in less than nine months.
The debate between Shapiro and the “Left-leaning” student shows the logical fallacy many liberals and progressives have when it comes to abortion. They claim the woman’s rights are at play when she decides to abort a fetus and it’s a simple matter of health care. Yet no consideration is shown that the fetus will one day be a living, breathing, sentient being.
Though exceptions to abortion could be made during cases of rape, incest, or if the fetus poses a threat to the mother’s life, the majority of cases are a simple matter of unwanted or unexpected pregnancy.
While understandably upsetting to someone who wasn’t wanting or anticipating a pregnancy, the response should not be the murder of an unborn fetus — a potential sentient being.