The pro-life position is simple and straightforward. It goes like this: It is wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being; abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being; therefore, abortion is wrong.
An article in the abortion sympathizing Mary Sue claimed pro-life people who oppose late-term abortions are the ones who actually cause late-term abortions because they support restrictions on earlier abortions, when many women do not even know they are pregnant. It was claimed that women who find out they are pregnant later are “forced” to seek late-term abortions due to restrictive pro-life policies.
Like so many typical pro-abortion arguments, the main issue is completely dismissed out of hand. Pro-life individuals are accused of hating women, being anti-science, being anti-choice, and not caring about the well-being of people in general. We are literally portrayed as individuals who want other people to suffer. Nothing is further from the truth.
Many pro-abortion people specialize in ad-hominen attacks because they have no good argument for abortion, so they resort to name calling.
It is important to remember pro-life individuals are not against women making choices. We are not against women’s health. We are simply against killing innocent human beings which is precisely what abortion is doing.
If we took this article and inserted toddler wherever they are referring to the preborn, we would so clearly see how weak and ridiculous this kind of “argument” is. The pro-choice person has assumed precisely what they need prove. They just assume the preborn child is not one of us. They assume preborn children are disposable and can be killed. That discussing their humanity is irrelevant. They are wrong.
Whether or not abortion is right or wrong hinges on one question: “what is the preborn?” The author in this article refers to the preborn as “fertilized eggs” and fetuses with the attitude that these terms clearly show the preborn are just cells that should have no rights. First of all, a fertilized egg does not exist. It is a misnomer. When fertilization occurs, egg and sperm cease to exist and what comes into existence is a one-celled embryo (i.e., a zygote).
Second, fetus is a Latin term meaning offspring. It is used to denote a certain level of development in a human’s life, like infant, toddler, adolescent, teenager, and adult refer to different stages of life. Trying to use the term fetus to somehow demean the preborn’s humanity reveals serious ignorance.
The pro-life position is inclusive to all human beings – no matter their size, level of development, race, color, sex, ethnic heritage, etc. Pro-lifers believe all human beings are valuable with a right to not be unjustly and violently killed.
Time and again, pro-abortion advocates claim to be for women’s rights and claim to fight for the value of human beings while they explicitly demand that some women should have the right to kill other humans, some of which are fellow women.
We have a moral duty as human beings to not kill each other. As humans, we recognize this obligation towards each other. It is in our very nature. When we see a child unattended in a busy street in danger of being hit by a car, anyone with a conscience would go over and help that child get to safety. We are made to love others, protect them, serve them, and to help them — not exploit them and kill them when they become temporarily inconvenient to us.
The pro-choice position is discriminatory and violent. It has an arbitrary standard for human value. Simply being human is not enough. You have to be human plus something else. And that something else changes depending on what pro-choice person you are talking to. Their view of the human person results in savage inequality endangering all our lives in the process. If a human being can be stripped of his/her rights in the womb, there is nothing preventing other humans from also having their rights stripped away based on some ridiculous criteria made up by a powerful elite.
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