Rhetorical Analysis

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Heather Johnson Johnson PG 1 Braden English 101
16 March 2013

Understanding Philip Brocoum’s Reasoning
If we are allowed to murder unborn children then why is it illegal to murder other humans? I recently read an article titled Why Abortion Is Okay written by Philip Brocoum on his website. Throughout the article he uses only a few persuasive techniques and many invalid points as to why abortion is okay. His entire blog about this subject is contradictory and most-likely not believable.

Philip wrote a very interesting and captivating response to the question “what are reasons for abortion to be kept legal?” He started out by saying; in which I quote “my argument isn’t solely based on that a fetus isn’t human as it is the idea that some human lives are worth less than others” (p. 1). I would like to note that in this very same paragraph he states that science doesn’t unambiguously know much about life. He follows that with the fact that as far as biology and life go, science doesn’t even know what life is let alone when it begins. With that being said, I come to my first disagreement; he is contradicting his own words. If he believes scientists don’t know much about life then who is he to put a value on human life and who is worth more?

Furthering this, Philip goes on to try and define the word life, and how a lot of inanimate objects would fit that definition as well. He says we can pretty quickly discover that the only definition of life we have so far is, “I know it when I see it” (p. 1). What is the definition of life? “The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.” (Dictionary.com) So how can he give his own...
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