I hear this phrase used over and over in arguments about topics like abortion. Please, don’t get me wrong–while I’m pro-choice, there are plenty of valid philosophical arguments that one can make against abortion. But please, stop using the “miracle of life” or the “sanctity of life” phrases.
Whenever I hear anyone use the phrase “miracle of life,” whether it be an expectant mother or a pro-lifer, I’m instantly reminded of the character from The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya, when he says, “I do not think that word means what you think it means…” I find it really bizarre that people would refer to anything that has literally occurred billions of times, and continues to occur everyday, the world over, as a miracle. It’s not a miracle. It’s a completely normal biological process that 99% of everyone on the planet is capable of, so get over it.
And my eyes roll back into my head at the “sanctimony of life” argument. First of all, what these people are really talking about is the sanctimony of human life–I’m sure these people think nothing of all the animals that are raised with the express purpose of being slaughtered for a dinner plate. But more to the point, the phrase would be more accurate if it was, “the sanctimony of certain life.” If you truly believe human life is sacred, then I assume you’re also a pacifist who’s against capital punishment. Otherwise, all you’re really saying is that fetuses are sacred, and then once you’re born you’re on your own.
I appreciate legitimate, thoughtful discussions on the morality or ethics of topics like abortion. But “the miracle of life” or “the sanctity of life” are merely loaded phrases designed to make an emotional appeal that circumvents rational, logical arguments.