The following are a sample pro-life rebuttals to common pro-choice arguments. Please note that wording is presented here in a casual, conversational style to reflect the natural manner of speaking that one might have in a face-to-face conversation with pro-choice friends, relatives, classmates or co-workers. If dialoguing with somebody in writing, the wording, grammar and/or tone might have to be modified.
Pro-choice argument #1:
Pro-lifers want to take away women's rights.
#1. We support women's rights. We're all for choice too... so long as you don't kill anybody. Your argument begs the question, however - does abortion kill an innocent human being? If not, then there is no moral or ethical problem. If however, abortion represents the killing of an innocent member of the human family, it is immoral, unethical and cannot be justified. There is no such thing as a right to kill innocent people.
# 2. Fifty percent of unborn children are girls. The unborn female has a body that is separate to that of her mother. She has her own unique DNA. Her genetic code directs the development and growth of her own body, from the moment of conception. Therefore, one out of every two abortions takes away the rights of a woman. It takes away her right to control her own body. It takes away her right to choose anything in the future. It takes away a right more fundamental than the right to choose - the right to not be killed.
Pro-choice argument #2:
Women will die of unsafe abortions if we make it illegal.
#1. That argument begs the question - is it ok for society to sanction child-murder just because some people might do it anyway? Should we legalize rape so the government can make it safer and cleaner? Should we legalize the underground trade in sex slaves to regulate and make it safer?
#2. That is a myth concocted by the abortion industry. Before its legalization, most illegal abortions were already committed in doctor's offices by physicians. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), admits that he and other abortion industry leaders invented figures to make the claim that "thousands of women are dying annually from unsafe abortions." They did this in order to win public sympathy for legalization.
#3. It's possible that more women are dying today as a result of legal abortion than were dying before its legalization in 1969. Abortion surgery and abortifacient pills like RU-486 do sometimes result in death from continued bleeding or infection. Studies also show a correlation between abortion-choice and suicide. Want to keep women from dying? End the abortion culture and support your neighbour through her pregnancy.
Pro-choice argument #3:
Religion should not influence our laws.
- That statement begs a more fundamental question - what is the unborn? If the unborn is in fact a human being, then we can't permit abortion simply on the basis that Christianity opposes it.
- Laws against murder and stealing are based on the 10 Commandments. Which one of these would you like to toss? The truth is that killing children in utero violates the natural law, not just Christian teaching.
- If something is true, it remains true, regardless of who agrees with it. Should we stop teaching times tables in school because the Church agrees with arithmetic? The nature of the unborn is key in this debate, not who are the groups debating it.
Pro-choice argument #4:
What about compassion for young women whose lives will be ruined by an unwanted pregnancy?
Pro-life answer: #1. That statement begs a deeper question - what is the unborn? If the unborn is in fact a human being, we cannot choose one person's convenience over another person's life. The inherent right to not be killed always ranks higher than the alleged right to be free from hardship or inconvenience.
#2. It is false to suggest that their future educational and career goals must end because one becomes pregnant. With the choice of adoption and the many support programs which exist today, young women or teens can postpone their educational plans but still achieve them.
Pro-choice argument #5:
It's cruel to force a woman to carry a pregnancy which was the result of rape.
Pro-life answer: #1. The Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.
#2. Rape victims are 4 times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion, with a higher rate of suicide, murder, drug overdose, etc.. As someone who really cares about rape victims, I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. We need to educate the public on the truth in this matter and not make public policy based on myth and misinformation.
#3. Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy, which is over 50%. Only 15-25% of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not “the rapist’s baby” — HER child.
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