As John Jalsevac reported last week in his article “‘Things in your uterus’ that ‘might turn into a human’: what an MSNBC host called the unborn baby,” MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry recently made absurd comments about the humanity of the child in the womb.
On Easter Sunday, Ms. Harris-Perry said during a discussion on morality that the abortion debate concerns whether a woman “should or should not dispose of things in [her] uterus.” An unborn human being is not a “thing”. But on the March 23rd broadcast of “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show,” she spoke of the unborn child as a “thing” that “might turn into a human” and “this.” For example, on accidentally popping open a model of an embryo, she said, “But the very idea that this would constitute a person. Right?”
Mr. Jalsevac wrote that abortion advocates describe the unborn child using words and phrases such as “blob of tissue,” “contents of the uterus,” and, in this case, “thing” in order to change our perception of abortion. He noted that technological advances make it increasingly difficult to deny that “That “thing” in the uterus remains what it is, call it what you will. And what it is, is a member of the species homo sapiens, an unborn child, a living, growing human person.”
In his March 23rd article “Harris-Perry’s Fetal Indifference: What It Costs To Have ‘This Thing’ Turn Into A Human,” Mark Finkelstein also reported on statements Ms. Harris-Perry made the week before Easter during a discussion about changes to states’ abortion legislation.
Among other comments, Ms. Harris-Perry said that “the reality is that if this turns into a person, right, there are economic consequences, right?…When you’re talking about what it actually costs to have this thing turn into a human.”
The child in the womb doesn’t turn into a human being. He or she is human from the very beginning at conception. Courses in basic biology teach this as do embryology manuals. Further, his development from conception to birth doesn’t cost a penny.