In honor of National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, I want to share three common objections (and answers to these objections) that I see when interacting with abortion supporters (people who typically describe themselves as “pro-choice”). (As an aside, no one would make a distinction between actually supporting thievery itself and supporting a thief’s choice to steal… but I digress.)
1. The Less Government Argument
I thought conservatives believed in less government.
Even the most staunch, stay-out-of-my-business, minimalist-government, Ayn Rand loving libertarian supports laws that prohibit a human from harming another human.
2. The Capital Punishment Argument
How can you be pro-life and support capital punishment?
While abortion and capital punishment both deal with killing a human, the key distinction is that the human inside of her mother’s womb is innocent while a person duly convicted of a capital crime is not.
3. The My Body Argument
You men just want to interfere with a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body.
This is a strawman argument. It’s a logical fallacy where someone fails to accurately represent the other’s argument or point of view. Those who are pro-life (men and women) fully believe that women (and men) should have the right to choose what to do concerning their own bodies. However, since we believe that the fetus is a human being, the right a woman has over her own body does not trump the rights of the human that is living and growing inside of her.
This obviously doesn’t cover all of the arguments raised by abortion supporters, but they are three arguments that I see popping up all the time in various forums. The “My Body” argument is perhaps the most common argument, but it presupposes that the fetus is actually the woman’s body and not a separate human being. This presupposition is ridiculous on its face since no human being has two hearts, two sets of lungs, two livers, etc. etc. ad nausiam. You get the point. Perhaps I’ll write another article covering this specific aspect, but suffice it to say, with exceptions for severe deformities from growing up next to nuclear reactors (and other abnormalities of nature), each human on Planet Earth is assigned one heart. The pregnant woman is a human and the fetus growing in the womb is another human. They both bear the image of God.