By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
March 14, 2013|5:44 pm
Atheist professor Richard Dawkins has stirred up a firestorm on his Twitter account by suggesting that the only moral question behind abortion is whether a fetus can feel pain or not, by which logic he reasoned that they are “less human” than adult pigs.
“With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig,” Dawkins, who is an evolutionary biologist, posted on March 13.
In response to Tweets questioning his reasoning, the author of The God Delusion tried to explain that he wasn’t arguing that pigs have human DNA, but that this point concerned solely the morality of abortion: “Of course potential to be human is among fetus’ qualities. But my pig comparison was careful to specify ‘relevant to morality of abortion.'”
The atheist professor continued by writing that “human features relevant to the morality of abortion include ability to feel pain, fear etc & to be mourned by others.”
As to parents who mourn for their unborn children, Dawkins said that “anything can be mourned,” and said that those who would feel sad about losing an unborn baby are free not to have an abortion.
“Of course potential to be human is among fetus’ qualities. But my pig comparison was careful to specify ‘relevant to morality of abortion,'” Dawkins insisted.