The Pro-Life Argument

Refuting the top arguments for abortion…

By: Hayden Cunningham

Ben Shapiro makes an undeniable point regarding the abortion argument: “Any time you draw any line, other than the inception of the child, you end up drawing a false line that can also be drawn to people who are adults.” If you draw the line at a beating heart, what about people on pacemakers? If you draw the line at brain function (or argue it’s a question of sentience), what about people in a coma?

Here are the top arguments heard from the “pro-choice” movement, followed by a rebuttal.

“An unborn baby is not viable outside of the womb. Life begins at first breath.”

Once conception occurs, a baby will develop into a full-grown human. If you draw the line of abortion at birth, you are saying that a 9 month old in the womb can be murdered. That baby, outside of the womb, will survive. Most 24 week old babies born prematurely can survive.

An unborn baby is viable in the sense that it will become a human if left alone. It has the potential for human life. Do you think that birth grants a being personhood? If we found a small, living organism on Mars the definitive headlines the next day would be “life is found on Mars.” Because a baby in the womb has the potential to be a human, and it has a unique set of chromosomes at conception, it is life.

“What about cases of rape and incest?”

Rape and incest make up a small percentage of abortion cases. An overwhelming majority of abortions are executed because the mother does not want the child. When this is brought up, pro-abortion advocates are trying to use a small percentage of cases to justify all of them. Only 1% of women that have an abortion do so because of rape. Less than 0.5% of abortion patients do so because of incest.

If a woman is pregnant, and there is not a severe physical health risk to her from the pregnancy, she should not be allowed to kill the baby. This is an extremely uncomfortable circumstance to talk about, but it does not justify the killing of an innocent third party.

Let’s also push for prison reform that sees rapists serve life sentences. There is no reason that a rapist should be let out of prison after five years. Rape is one of the worst crimes you can commit, arguably second to murder. Rapists should be in prison for a lot longer than they are now.

“Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare.”

The phrase “safe, legal, and rare” was often used by President Clinton. It has also been echoed by many moderate politicians who advocate for legalization but do not recommend abortion to be a common occurrence. There is an obvious hypocrisy in this statement. If you believe that abortion is not murder and should be safe and legal, why do you care if it is rare? What reason do you have to say that the number of abortions should not be too high, especially when you advocate for its legality?

“Roe v. Wade gives me a constitutional right to an abortion”

Roe v. Wade (1973) was a Supreme Court decision stated that the 14th amendment protects a woman’s decision to have an abortion. The “due process clause” was cited that because individuals have a right to privacy, abortions should be legal.

This is one of the most inaccurate Supreme Court decisions that has yet to be overturned. To say that the Constitution give a person the right to have an abortion is asinine. The Court’s job is to interpret the Constitution. The 14th amendment was not intended to apply to abortion cases, nor does it justify it.

The worst thing about the court ruling is this: not only does it inaccurately legalizes abortions, it ignores the fact that the amendment should PROTECT the unborn. “nor shall any state deprive any person of life… without due process of law.” How can any Supreme Court Justice interpret that to apply to the mother and not the child who is being deprived of life?

Just because something is legal does not mean it is ethical or morally correct. Throughout history there have been many legal processes that were immoral: slavery, sterilization of mentally ill women, homosexual shock therapy, etc.

“Tax Payer dollars don’t go towards abortions.”

The Hyde Amendment (1997) bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except to save the woman’s life or cases of rape and/or incest. Despite this, many states fund abortion at a state level. The Hyde Amendment is also something that may be repealed. In 2016, Hillary Clinton called for its repeal. During that year, only 57% of Americans supported the amendment.

16 states have policies that use Medicaid funds to pay for abortions beyond the Hyde Amendment requirements.

“Do you want those kids in foster care?”

Nobody wants more children in foster care. Every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a stable household with a mother and a father. But this argument has nothing to do with the validation of an abortion. With this argument, the two options for a baby is foster care or death. Death should not be an option.

“I’m not ready to be a mother. I have to have an abortion.”

An abortion for convenience is still murder. Instead of justifying abortions, we need to spend more time talking about actions that lead up to pregnancy. Every time you have sex, you accept the risk of pregnancy. If you are not ready for that outcome, do not have sex. If you choose to have sex, use multiple methods of birth control. If you fear being raped and becoming pregnant, avoid unsafe environments and become a firearm owner. Too often we talk about the choices after pregnancy instead of before. Regardless, murdering an unborn child should not be an option. You do not “have” to have an abortion when your only reason is “I’m not ready to have a child.”

“Men can’t have an opinion on a woman’s body.”

People are allowed to have an opinion on whatever they want. This is such a weak political argument and can be applied to every topic. If the right were to say “since you do not own a gun, you can’t have an opinion on gun control,” wouldn’t the left discredit that argument?

If you try to claim that men cannot pass law’s about woman’s bodies, are you saying you would be okay with an abortion ban passed by all women? Do not use this fallacy to defend an immoral argument, especially when there is a third party involved. People have the right to speak on behalf of an unborn baby, a being that has no voice in the debate.

Men should have an equal say in the entire process of abortion. Any woman who says that men do not get to have an opinion on abortion is holding an extremely selfish opinion. It takes two people to conceive a child. And if a woman chooses to have a child, the man is legally expected to pay child support. The man is accountable for a child when it is born, but is not connected at all to a child that is unborn?

Abortion is a daily infanticide that kills the most vulnerable among us. It is one of the greatest sins of our time. Hopefully one day, we can make a change.

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