WATCH: Bill Nye the Science Guy Is Wrong About Abortion

Bill Nye

Back in January, Bill Nye the Science Guy broke many a pro-life millennial’s heart when he outed himself as a particularly unscientific pro-abort. Unfortunately, this week he came out with a new video at Big Think imploring, “Can we stop telling women what to do with their bodies”? And once again he’s so scandalously wrong on basic human biology that it’ll have you doubting everything you ever learned on his show:


Many, many, many, many more hundreds of eggs are fertilized than become humans. Eggs get fertilized and by that I mean sperm get accepted by ova a lot. But that’s not all you need. You have to attach to the uterine wall, the inside of a womb, a woman’s womb.

It may be what you need for a birth, but once that egg is fertilized, that human already exists. How can a Science Guy say otherwise with a straight face? Has Nye never read any relevant textbook on the subject that would explain so? Does he dispute the definition of an organism as “a living being,” an “individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent,” or that a “human” is simply an organism belonging to the human species? Is he unfamiliar with thecommonly accepted criteria for life of growth, reproduction, metabolism, and response to stimuli?

But if you’re going to hold that as a standard, that is to say if you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it’s therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue? Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy who’s sperm has fertilized an egg and then it didn’t become a human?

This would be a clever point if society was plagued with an epidemic of naturally-occurring deaths (for instance, of the sick or elderly) being prosecuted as homicides. But it turns out that somehow, we’re generally competent enough to figure out which is which.

During the period of our history when abortion was generally illegal after quickening, the authorities didn’t attempt to investigate or prosecute abortions of babies they didn’t clearly know happened; they used common sense consistent with the scientific knowledge of the time.

Now that we know better, there’s no reason to believe that criminalizing abortion would have any different standards of probable cause than any other murders, just as the police don’t preemptively install security cameras in the homes of every family that has a grandparent living with them.

It’s just a reflection of a deep scientific lack of understanding and you literally or apparently literally don’t know what you’re talking about.

The most blatant case of projection we’ve seen all year? The competition is fierce, but it’s a strong contender.

And so when it comes to women’s right with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women. This is really – you cannot help but notice. I’m not the first guy to observe this, you have a lot of men of European descent passing these extraordinary laws based on ignorance.

I don’t know how anyone being of European descent is germane to the merits of anyone’s position on abortion, but I do know that Nye apparently not knowing that women lead the pro-life movement is more ignorant than anything he’s identified so far.

I know it was written or your interpretation of a book written 5,000 years ago, 50 centuries ago, makes you think that when a man and a woman have sexual intercourse they always have a baby.

It’s one thing for somebody to live such a politically sheltered life that he isn’t aware of groups like Secular Pro-Life, but does anyone think it’s plausible that Nye sincerely doesn’t know that millions of people’s motivation for opposing the violence of abortion is no more Bible-based than their opposition to war or child abuse or capital punishment?

I mean it’s hard not to get frustrated with this everybody.

Especially when your entire view of the subject is about as sophisticated and informed as a teenager who just found a stack of NARAL pamphlets.

And I know nobody likes abortion, okay.


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SOURCE: Live Action News
Calvin Freiburger