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King: Determining when life begins is like shooting gun into crowd
Those who remain in favor of early abortion services on grounds that people don’t know exactly when life begins are similar to people who willy-nilly shoot guns into a crowd of people, according to U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
King provided the analogy during a video-taped segment with CNSnews.com, a project of the conservative nonprofit Media Research Center.
“You cannot take a chance with life anymore than you can shoot a gun into a crowded room and take a chance that you might not kill somebody. You cannot guess about when life begins. You have to pick an instant, and there’s only the instant of conception,” King said.
The analogy came in response to the question: “When did Jesus get the right to life?”
King says he often goes into high school auditoriums or meets with school-aged children and tells them that they “will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age,” which is: “Where do you stand on the abortion issue?” If the children agree that life is sacred, and according to King they do, then he asks them when their lives began.
“You have to pick an instant,” said King. “And there’s only one instant, and that is the instant of conception.
“In fact, if you want to argue that you really don’t know — that it might be first, second or third trimester or viability — tell me: If someone were to walk down this hallway and stick a gun in the door, turn their head away from the gun and pull the trigger and run out the door and we catch him out there, did he kill somebody or didn’t he?”
Answering “I don’t know” isn’t good enough, King says, because if someone is dead, the gunman killed someone. That is why “you cannot guess about when life begins,” he said.
The interview appears in the video below.