An Open Letter to Seton Hall University From A Black Alumnus: Keep Your Award
Darnell L. Moore

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that a Catholic institution is anti-abortion and will probably be reluctant to give an award to someone who is pro-abortion. What the the colour of your skin has got to do with any of this, I am not quite sure. I doubt that a Catholic institution would give an award to a white person who was pro abortion either. There are lots of black people in the Catholic Church too you know. The Catholic Church has the right to its rules and its protocols. If you don’t like them, then don’t go to a Catholic institution. There are plenty of other choices.

You frame your stance on abortion as being about “a woman’s right to choose,” — “pro choice,” etc etc. That is a commonly used fallacy. It is a deeply dishonest straw man. The abortion debate is not about a woman’s choice. It is about ownership of the life of a third party. It is about the right to terminate another life. Most people agree that nobody has that right. Therefore the only question in the abortion debate; the one that pro-abortion people studiously refuse to answer; is this —

At what point does a foetus become a human being and therefore have the right to life? Is it at the moment of birth? Is it at the moment of conception? Is it at some point in between, and if so when exactly?

I do not know the answer to that question because I do not have the wisdom of Solomon. But nor do you; and nor do any of the “pro-choice” campaigners who scream their simplistic slogans with the same absolute certainty as the religious fundamentalists screaming back at them. That is why I cannot take a stance on abortion. To do that I would have to claim knowledge that I do not have and that none of those people have either.

I do know that it has nothing to do with a woman’s right to choose though.

And I know some people will default to lazy stereotypes and call me a religions fundamentalist. I am not a religious believer. I am just someone who values human life and believes that science and objective analysis is far more valuable in the search for truth, than the dogmatic fundamentalist sloganeering of either the “pro choice” or the “pro life” lobby.

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