1) What if a woman can’t afford to have a baby?
I can understand why someone who is struggling financially would be concerned about having a child. I agree that we should help them as much as we can. However, expenses are not a reason to take away the life of human being. Imagine if a single mom lost her job. Would that be a reason to kill her toddler? No. Of course not. The real issue here is that you believe humans in the womb are less valuable than humans that have already been born. Passage through the birth canal is not what gives humans value. Life is a fundamental human right. We should fight for human rights for all humans – not just those who have already been born.
2) I support a woman’s right to choose because she has a right to bodily autonomy. No one should have to use their own body to sustain the life of another person.
This argument is illogical for several reasons. First, in most cases pregnancy is a result of choosing to have sex – we will discuss the rape exception later. When you make that choice, you know that having sex could result in a pregnancy and you are responsible for your actions. Second, the bodily autonomy argument suggests that abortion is the same as withholding care for the unborn child. It fails to recognize that abortion involves the act of intentionally killing, or having someone else kill, an innocent human. Finally, this argument is unsound because it suggests that the unborn baby is trespassing and infringing upon the rights of another person. Because the fetus was produced by the mother in a natural way, it belongs there and is not comparable to trespassing.
3) A fetus cannot be regarded as a separate human being because it is attached to the mother by the placenta and umbilical cord. It’s health is entirely dependent on the health of the mother. Thus, abortion should be legal as long as it cannot exist outside the mother’s womb.
The problem with the dependency argument is that it can be applied to humans at all stages of life. A six month old baby also cannot survive without someone to take care of it. That would not justify taking away it’s life.
4) Until the fetus has a sense of being, it does not warrant being treated as a human being.
Our right to life does not come from our sense of being or sentience. If our sense of being is what makes us human, than newborn babies, people with certain disabilities, and people in medically induced comas would not be considered human.
5) In order to reduce abortion, instead of passing laws to reduce abortion, we should get at the underlying issues that cause women to choose abortion.
I agree that we need to advocate for a culture in which women do not feel pressured to have an abortion. We should support women dealing with crisis pregnancies as much as we can. This is why it’s important to support your local pregnancy resource center as they offer free baby supplies, parenting classes, and more to mothers and pregnant women in need. In addition to changing the culture of abortion, we should also advocate for laws that will reduce abortion. Just because there are underlying reasons someone might do something wrong, that does not mean we should refrain from having laws against them. For example, there are underlying issues that lead people to steal. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have laws against theft.
6) Women will die in back-alley abortion if we don’t have legal abortion access
This is equivalent to suggesting that some people might die in unsafe attempts to kill others, thus we should make sure people can kill others in a safe, legal way. At the end of the day, intentionally killing an innocent person is still wrong. We should not want to keep it legal just to ensure one person is safe while they take away the life of an innocent human being.
7) You can’t claim to be in favor of limited government if you do not support a woman’s right to choose.
Limited government does not mean complete absence of laws. We’re talking limited government here, not zero government. You can be for limited government and still think it’s okay for the government to step in when someone’s rights are being infringed upon. Abortion infringes upon someone’s inalienable right to life.
8) Not all scientists agree that life begins at fertilization
While most medical experts would say that life begins at fertilization, there is still some debate among the scientific community. But if we are uncertain as to when life begins, but know it is possible that life begins at fertilization, than the sole possibility that we are ending an innocent human life is enough to oppose abortion.