Co-written by Ignacio Reyes.
A woman has the right to choose over her own body. The world is overpopulated. What if the mother can’t afford her child? Do you want more back-alley abortions? What about rape and incest?
Undoubtedly, you have heard one or more of these arguments supporting legalized abortion, all of which make one basic assumption: that the pre-born are not valuable human beings; but when the value in the life of the pre-born human is restored, every pro-abortion argument falls apart.
Take in mind that while abortion may be emotionally, physically, psychologically, and even practically complicated, the morality of it is simple:
- It is morally wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being.
- Abortion kills an innocent human being.
- Therefore, abortion is morally wrong.
In other words, if preborn children are not human beings, abortion is ok, after all, no controversy is made about extracting a tooth; but if they are human beings, then abortion is wrong because it murders innocent life.
If the argument to keep abortion “safe” and legal is to avoid women from dying of back-alley abortions, and assumes that the preborn child is nothing more than lifeless cells, then of course abortion should be legal and safe (though this is hardly so). However, if we value the life of the preborn child, whether in a dirty back-alley or a clean clinic, abortion will kill the life of an innocent human being. The debate on abortion is in considering (or not) the humanity and value of the preborn.
The pro-life tactic is simple and effective: take the prochoice argument and apply its same logic to an already born child. As an example, the pro-choicer might mention overpopulation as a justification for abortion, but if the world is overpopulated, why get rid of only the pre-born? Why not get rid of the elderly; the mentally sick; or even the ugly?
A mother might choose to abort her child because she cannot afford to birth him. If a mother has a four-year old and she cannot afford to raise him any longer, is it morally permissible for her to kill him?
If my twenty-year old friend is the product of rape, is her life just as valuable as mine? If so, when did she acquire that value? At ten years old? At eighteen?
Perhaps a mother chooses to give life to her baby, a product of incest rape, but when the child turns four, she changes her choice about whether or not to have her child; applying the pro-choicer’s morality, can she terminate his life then? What is the difference between a pre-born human and one that has already been born?
Once you know that every prochoice argument fails to endow the preborn their inherent right to life, no argument, old or new, can throw you off!