More pro-choice arguments and pro-life responses It’s not a baby. People who support abortion act as if a baby and a fetus are two It’s a fetus. completely different kinds of beings. Even the law takes this view. Isn’t it strange that a person who kills a baby after birth will go to jail, but a doctor who kills many fetuses before birth by abortion is treated like a valued citizen? He is even protected by law, so that anyone who tries to interfere with his abortion practice (by peaceful means) will go to jail! But ask yourself: what makes a baby so different from a fetus, that a baby gets total protection under the law, and a fetus get absolutely no protection? Essentially, there is no difference between a fetus and a baby. To call one a fetus and the other a baby is to use two different words for the same reality. It is pretending that one thing is really different from another just because there is a different word for it. A woman has a The unborn child is not a part of her body. It has its own unique right to control her genetic code and blood type. body. Abortion is good Is it good for women, or for men? Men benefit from abortion for women. because it allows them to escape responsibility for the child they conceived. Abortion is a The fact that the Supreme Court declared abortion to be legal woman’s does not make it morally right. Supreme Court decisions have been constitutional wrong before, and they have been overturned before. The Dred Scott right. decision declared slavery to be a constitutional right, but was later overturned. What if the woman First, we should do our best to give justice and show compassion to becomes pregnant victims of rape. Second, even a child conceived in such a painful by rape? Should situation as rape still has human dignity. An unborn child does not she be forced to deserve to be deprived of life because of the crime of his or her father. carry the baby of Third, even in cases of rape, abortion is a painful and possibly her attacker? traumatic experience. It does not take away from the pain of rape. On the contrary, abortion only adds more pain to the pain she already feels from the rape. Many rape victims who have had abortions testify that the experience of the abortion was worse than the rape. Finally, we should not assume that rape victims want abortions. For various reasons, most choose to keep the baby. What if the woman All that was said of rape victims applies in this situation too. Also, becomes pregnant many victims of incest do not want abortions. They hope that the by incest? pregnancy will bring the truth into the open and force people to believe them and protect them. The perpetrator is the one who wants the victim to abort the child, so he can conceal to his crime. A teenager is not First, this is an excellent reason for a teenager to wait until marriage to ready to be a have sex. Second, a pregnant teenager already is a mother, and mother. she is already bonding with her child. Third, studies show that teenagers who have abortions are more deeply hurt physically and emotionally than adults. Abortion is a In ancient Rome, the father of the family had the right to kill his wife, private choice children, or slaves, as his private “choice,” without government between a woman interference. Do we see this a justified? Simply to call abortion a and her doctor. private choice does not eliminate the rights and obligations of the community. The unborn child is part of our community, a “someone” for whom we all take responsibility. In the case of child abuse, we do not accept what the parents are doing to the child as a private family matter. The community has a right to intervene to protect the child. Just so, if a woman wishes to abort her child, the community has a right to intervene, even by legal means, to protect that’s child’s life. Abortion is a If someone did something wrong or broke the law, no one would choice between a accept the excuse that “God told me to do it. It’s between me and woman and her God.” God has spoken to all humanity through reason, Scripture and God. the Church. If God told all humanity, “You shall not kill,” then no one is exempt. We cannot accept a person’s claim that in her case, God gave her special permission to kill. Abortion is Any solutions to poverty and population must first and foremost necessary to respect human dignity. Taking innocent life does not respect control world human dignity. Should we also take the lives of the sick and the population and elderly to control population and fight poverty? The real solution to reduce poverty. world poverty is for wealthy nations to share what they have, and for poor countries to fight corruption and to use foreign aid for development – roads, hospitals, schools, etc. Finally, in practice, the imposition of abortion and birth control on third world countries reveals tendencies of racism, to prevent there being too many of the “wrong kind” of people in the world. A woman has a right to control her future Every child should be planned and wanted. If a baby has a handicap or birth defect it is more compassionate to terminate the pregnancy rather than have it suffer its whole life. To outlaw abortion is to force your religious beliefs on other people.