PRO-LIFE BASICS: Legal abortion results in less death?!? How do we respond to such irrational pro-abortion arguments?

A proponent of abortion recently sent an email in which she made the following statements:

  1. The factors that go into a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy are her own.
  2. We are not talking about a “baby.” We are talking about a fetus.
  3. Do we have formal funerals when a woman has a miscarriage? No, because we recognize that there is a difference between pre- and post-birth.
  4. Abortion is a legal procedure. Making it illegal will result in more death, not less.

To counter these statements, we have developed simple responses that are basic to our ability to carry on a conversation with someone committed to abortion, but perhaps not aware of the truth.

  1. When a woman chooses to abort her baby, she is a mother who is choosing to kill her own child. While it is true that there are many factors that can enter into a woman’s decisions about her preborn baby, the single most important factor that propo- nents of abortion refuse to acknowledge is that, the instant a woman becomes pregnant, she is a mother. Her choice is simple: being the mother of a living or a dead child.
  2. “Fetus” is a Latin word that means “little one.” A preborn baby is a “little one.”
  3. The mother who miscarries her child does, in many instances, have a funeral for her miscarried baby, and often it is an event attend- ed by her entire family. This practice is becom- ing more prevalent. One organization that helps parents of miscarried babies is Elizabeth Ministry International (ElizabethMinistry.com).
  4. Abortion has been decriminalized in the United States, but it is still a heinous act, one not legal in the eyes of God. When the laws of our nation recognize the right to life for every human being from the moment his life begins onward, the preborn child will have the same rights that you and I do. Killing him would be deemed a crime.

Let’s not forget that today in America, surgical abortion killing occurs twice every minute. Clearly, there will be less death once abortion is replaced by respect for the human and civil rights of every person, born and preborn.

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Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and served 15 years as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.