Dr. Richard Howe: ‘The Heartbeat Makes It Easier to See That the Thing Whose Heart Is Beating Is a Human’

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On Thursday, February 18, Henry McMaster, the governor of South Carolina, signed a bill that would allow a near-total ban on all abortions in the state. The South Carolina Governor Signs Near-Total Ban On Abortion Bill (gucmakale.com) prohibits the termination of a pregnancy after a heartbeat of the fetus can be detected via ultrasound. The bill is similar to abortion restriction laws that a dozen states have previously passed.

Southern Evangelical Seminary’s (SES, www.ses.edu) Dr. Richard G. Howe, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, stated, “When talking about human beings, what makes a human to be a human differs from the observable characteristics of a human.

“In our culture, people often confuse the two. They mistakenly think that these observable characteristics are what cause something to be a human. If any given observable characteristic is missing, they conclude that the thing under consideration is not human.”

He added the pro-life perspective is that we are humans because we possess a human nature (philosophical term)/human soul (theological term).

“We possess this nature when we come into existence at conception. From that moment forward, the developing human exhibits more and more of these observable characteristics. Such observable characteristics can help those who doubt that the object in question is, in fact, a human. One such observable characteristic is the heartbeat. The heartbeat makes it easier to see that the thing whose heart is beating is a human.”


For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics.

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