If the Supreme Court Rules That Embryos Are ‘Persons,’ How Would That Affect Legal Abortion?

The US Supreme Court has a chance to decide a big question for the country. Are fertilized embryos people or property?  A decision could either lead to a change in the state of legalized abortion or further decay Americans’ right to life.

Recent cases involving the fight over the fate of frozen fertilized embryos show another example of our divided nation.

For instance, an Arizona court ruled an ex-wife could give birth to frozen embryos she shared with her ex-husband, despite her ex’s objections.  While a Colorado court decided in favor of an ex-husband who wanted the frozen embryos he shared with his ex-wife treated like property and thrown away.

Persons or Property: Major Implications Either Way

Advocates for the woman in the Colorado case have asked the US Supreme Court to take the case and rule the frozen embryos are persons with a right to life.

You may not think it matters whether fertilized embryos are considered people.  But if the law here in America decides they are — or even if it decides they aren’t — it has major implications.

Constitutional law attorney Jenna Ellis warned about a ruling that embryos are mere property.

She told CBN News, “I think we’re getting into very dangerous ethical and legal questions if the Court decides to go that way.”

Devastating Consequences: 60 Million Abortions

David Christensen of the Family Research Council stated, “We are commodifying human life; we are commodifying what it means to be human.  And I think that has devastating consequences.”

Christensen pointed to the Court’s 1973 decision allowing abortion.

“Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton legalized abortion and now we have 60 million unborn children that have been killed,” he said, adding, “There’s no question about the impact on families and family dynamics and the way we view each other and the way we view unborn children.”

Could be a Slippery Slope

Ellis said ruling fertilized embryos are property could potentially expand to other stages of life.

“At what point does that arbitrary line go from fertilized embryos at merely the conception stage, then all the way to say someone who’s in a coma at the end of their life?” she asked.  “Are they then morphed into property because they don’t have any decision-making autonomy?”

Christensen added, “Rather than looking at human embryos as property, we should look at them as they are: a member of the species homo sapiens.  And they should be protected.  Once a sperm has fertilized an egg, you have a unique new distinctive human entity, a human.   And even the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t think they have the statutory authority to control that.  Because they’re not just mere cells, or mere biological artifacts.”

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Source: CBN