instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pronoun trouble

Someone left a pro-abortion comment at Practicing Catholic that includes this statement:
What you consider to be "human", some of us don't.
Without getting into the arguments, I was struck by the result of correcting the grammar, according to the prescription that "who" is used for humans:
Whom you consider to be "human", some of us don't.
The difference in pronoun sums up much (though, sad to say, not all) of the debate over abortion. The corrected version sums up much of why the pro-life side continues to care.