Personhood, Prudence, and Pragmatism, Without Compromise

Chapter 1 Excerpt from Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics by Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life

Personhood Defined

What is Personhood?  It is the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an “unalienable” right to life from its earliest biological beginning.  This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one’s disability, gender, race, dependency, or manner of conception.  The “unalienable” right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of Creation.

. . .I have saved my strongest argument for last:  Personhood is biblical!  As such, it opposes worldly wisdom–it is, after all, otherworldly in origin. . .

. . .From the Middle Ages onward, the Church has struggled with the revival of paganism and its primary prophets: Cicero, Seneca, Plato, and Aristotle. . .This is the key distinction between the current national prolife vision and the Georgia vision.  The former strategy claims the authority of reasonableness, as taught by Aristotle.  The other relies upon the trustworthiness of God’s revealed will and ways, as taught in the Bible, His word. . .

What others are saying about Personhood:
“All believers in God should insist, without compromise, that the human law must always treat every human being as a person entitled to the right to life.  Dan Becker courageously affirms this truth.”

Professor Charles Rice
Emeritus Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame

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