The issue isn't about a higher law. It is about the English language term 'murder'. Abortion, where legal, cannot be murder by definition. That does not make it right, or moral, or a good idea, or permissible. It just means it is not murder. Those who claim it is are simply wrong as a matter of fact.Hi Electric Skeptic and Whateverman,
Ignorant perhaps, perhaps not, but I offer that some of more are likely recognizing a higher law in their religious views which they understand as a higher authority to to which they would understandably have a greater allegiance. As for me. I have no problem recognizing the law of the land while I also see in this particular rule as out of harmony with divine or religious views with an emphasis on the sanctity of life.
Many pro-lifers wrongly think that when someone points out that abortion is not murder they are condoning it or making some comment on its morality - see earlier in this thread where I was repeatedly attacked for doing no more than stating the easily verifiable fact. Those pro-lifers are wrong. Abortion is not murder (where it is legal) and those claiming it is are factually wrong. Including that claim in their arguments shows them to be sensationalists not interested in facts (one of my chief criticisms of the pro-lifers as a whole). They should realise that sensational, emotional tactics like trying to equate abortion with murder serve no purpose except making themselves and other pro-lifers feel good; they certainly do not advance the debate in any way.