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One classic pro-abortion argument is “If life begins at conception why do we celebrate birthdays instead of conception days” after which the pro-abortion arguer will beam with pride as their unassailable reasoning reigns over you and instantly you find yourself converted to the pro-abortion forces of darkness. Ok maybe not. While this arrow might not be the deadliest in the quiver of pro-abortion archers it is worth addressing and combating because even a simple argument can tip the balance in the mind of the undecided.
I like to compare birthdays to magnetic north. Technically the north pole is located on the axis of where the earth is rotating and for better or worse it’s in the middle of an ocean covered in floating ice so either Santa is working out of some artic mega vessal or he is fibbing on his address I’ll let your children decide on that. Magnetic north, on the other hand, is generated from the magnetic field the earth creates from being a geologically active giant ball of iron and other metals. The Magnetic North pole actually moves around a little bit as the field shifts.
So why do we use Magnetic north when it’s not true north? because it’s easy and convenient. any boy-scout worth their trail mix can magnetize a nail and float it in water to get a relatively good approximation of where the top of the globe is. Likewise celebrating birthdays and measuring age from years since birth is a useful approximation of how old an organism is. But it’s only an approximation. Typically human children are born after 280 days of gestating in life. Through the miracle of modern medicine Some baby’s, like the miracle James Elgin Gill are born after only 152 days of gestating in life. The Approximations can be useful but we can’t allow ourselves to confuse the approximations for the true amounts.
Birthdays are useful because it’s easier to know when someone is born than it is to know when they were conceived. Celebrating a birthday is fun because while thinking of the miracle of birth isn’t the most fun thing in life it beats the heck out of celebrating the anniversary of your parents’ boot thumping :)