Pro-Choice: Abortion is a private choice between a woman and her doctor.
Pro-Life: Do we allow parents to abuse their children if done in privacy?
Pro-Choice: That’s not fair. Those children are human beings.
Pro-Life: Then the issue isn’t really privacy, is it, but rather ‘Is the unborn a human being?’.
Pro-Choice: But many poor women cannot afford to raise another child.
Pro-Life: When human beings get expensive, do we kill them?
Pro-Choice: Well, no, but aborting a fetus is not the same as killing another human being.
Pro-Life:Pro-Life: So, once again, the real question is, ‘What is the unborn? Is a fetus a real human being?’.
Pro-Choice: Why do you insist on being so simplistic? This is a very complex issue involving women who must make agonizing decisions.
Pro-Life: Agreed, the decision may by psychologically agonizing for the mother, but morally it’s not complex: It’s wrong to kill innocent human beings. Abortion kills an innocent human being. Therefore abortion is wrong.
Pro-Choice: Killing defenseless human beings is one thing; aborting a fetus is another.
Pro-Life: So you agree: If abortion actually killed a defenseless human being, then the issue wouldn’t be complex. The question is, ‘What is the unborn?’.
Pro-Choice: Enough with your abstract philosophy. Let’s talk about real life. Do you really think a woman should be forced to bring an unwanted child into the world?
Pro-Life: Many homeless are unwanted. Can we kill them?
Pro-Choice: But that’s not the same.
Pro-Life: That’s the issue, isn’t it: Are they the same? If the unborn are truly human like the homeless, then we can’t just kill them to solve our problem. We’re back to my first question, ‘What is the unborn?’.
Pro-Choice: But you still shouldn’t force your morality on women.
Pro-Life: Would you feel justified in ‘forcing your morality’ on a mother who was physically abusing her two-year-old?
Pro-Choice: The two cases are not the same. You’re assuming the unborn are human, like a toddler.
Pro-Life: And you’re assuming they’re not.
You see, this is not really about privacy, economic hardship, unwanted children, or forcing morality. The real question is, ‘What is the unborn?’. Answer that question and you’ve automatically answered the others. If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human being, no justification for abortion is adequate. – Gregory Koukl, Stand to Reason. (thanks to by-grace-of-god)
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