Kresta in the Afternoon – July 2, 2007 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Charges against Tiller the baby killer

    New concerns about broader criminal activity on the part of late-term abortionist George Tiller have surfaced in the wake of 19 criminal charges filed against him by Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison late last week. In addition, some statements made by Morrison have led to speculation that there may be a broad conspiracy to violate the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions that may involve individuals in the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment. We look at the charges, the politics and the history of this case with Troy Newman of Operation Rescue.

    Second Topic – Anti-human animal rights

    It was once deemed a self-evident truth that being a Homo sapien created intrinsic moral value based simply and merely on being human—a principle sometimes called “human exceptionalism.” No more. Human exceptionalism is under unprecedented assault across a broad array of societal and intellectual fronts. The predominating view among mainstream bioethicists is that human life per se does not matter morally. Rather, to be considered a full member of the moral community, one must achieve the status of being a “person” by possessing sufficient cognitive attributes such as being self-aware over time or being able to value one’s life. Wesley Smith joins us to discuss the animal rights movement and its effect on he philosophy of the human person.

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