I’m 100% positive that this post is not going to provide some ground-breaking argument that has not already been used. Do not be deceived by the title above: my stance on abortion is deeply affected by my Christian faith. Abortion is, in fact, murder, and the Bible tells me that murder is wrong. Ending a human life out of convenience is absolutely against my religion.
However, my point in this post is to provide Pro-Life Christians with arguments to use in the face of opposition. Most pro-choice people are not going to accept arguments that include your “beliefs”. They have different beliefs than you, maybe a different religion, or lack of one, or whatever so they have no reason to care what your “beliefs” or religion says. For example, you can say, “well the Bible says that murder is wrong” and then they could say, “well I don’t believe in your Bible”. And then the argument is done. I want to start with the most common arguments in favor of abortion, and find the fault in them. I understand that the issues and motives associated with abortion goes much deeper, but I cannot fit all of that into one blog post, obviously 🙂
Let’s begin with the most basic argument:
The fetus is not a living thing, therefore abortion is not murder.
In the beginning chapters of the majority of biology classes, we learn the seven characteristics of a living thing, which include:
- Made of cells
- Different levels of organization
- Obtain and use energy
- Grow and develop
- Respond to environment
- Adapt to environment
You can check off all of these criteria for a human embryo. Embryos are obviously made up of cells, and from the moment a sperm and egg meet each other, cells rapidly start reproducing and specializing. It takes energy for the fetus to grow, and it also develops a nervous system, which allows it to respond and adapt to stimuli. From the moment of conception, an embryo becomes a living thing.
Abortion is a better option than putting unwanted children into a broken foster care/ adoption system.
First of all, our country’s accommodations for orphaned or unwanted children can be pitiful. I understand the facts. I understand the realities (and sometimes horrors) of a child being placed in the foster care system. It needs to be fixed. It does. I cannot see how that child is better off being murdered than being given a chance. That’s expecting failure from a person that you know nothing about. That’s expecting that child to live a miserable, meaningless, hopeless life- so far to the point of the child being better off dead. I know people who grew up in an orphanage or foster care homes, and they lived the exact opposite of a meaningless life. We have no idea the happiness or success that child might find in their life, despite the fact that they might be an orphan or in foster care. How can you tell pro-lifers that we are wrong for wanting to give the child a chance? A human has absolutely no right to decide whether or not another human gets to live, no matter what they’re expecting from their future.
*I found the following reasons in favor of abortion from BBC.
A woman has the right to decide what happens to her body.
(Disregarding my Christian values for the sake of this argument) Yes, yes, YES the woman has the right to do whatever the absolute heck she wants to do with her body.
However, fetus = a different body.
This argument has actually progressed into *most* pro-choicers admitting that the fetus is a separate being from the mother. The argument has actually evolved into- the woman has power over her own body, and the fetus exists within the woman’s body, so she has the right to decide whether or not the fetus remains in her body. This string of logic acts as if the fetus is a foreign object or something, and not a living thing with rights of its own. Also, it’s not like the fetus remains in the body forever. It comes out after nine months, and even then the mother is not obligated to keep it. Every human being has the right to their own body, so why wouldn’t the fetus have the right to his/her own body? The fetus is not part of the woman’s body, it is temporarily connected to the woman’s body. And as we’ve already established, the fetus is a human life, therefore it has rights too. The fetus is a unique and separate individual from the mother, it has rights of its own, and if the mother simply does not want the responsibility of a child, there are options other than abortion.
Women need access to abortions in order to have the same freedoms as men.
This argument implies that since men do not have the responsibility to carry a child, women should not have the responsibility either. Which, in my opinion, is absolutely insane. The female is the one who is able to carry out reproduction. In nature– every female animal carries out procreation, not the male. It’s part of your biology. It is, in fact, a privilege that women have to be able to ensure the continuance of the human race. I cannot see how having the ability to bear a child prevents me from having the freedoms that a man has. How does having access to abortions provide me the same “freedoms” as men? I already have the same freedom as men.
Since the year 1920 and the passing of the 19th Amendment, women have had the right to vote.
Since the year 1963, and the passing of the Equal Pay Act, it has been illegal to pay me less because I’m a woman.
Women have been successfully obtaining college degrees since the year 1840 when Catherine Brewer became the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against me because I am a woman.
Do not tell me that I am any less “free” than a man because men do not have to bear a child. (If you want to complain about women being “oppressed” in America, please go to talk to a girl growing up in the Middle East under Sharia law, pre-teen girls being forced into arranged marriages, or a woman sold into sex slavery. Oppression of women does not exist in America)
Here is a solution to for the unwanted child: Use birth control. If that fails, and she still chooses not to keep the child, use adoption. There are plenty of women who are desperate for a child and can’t have one, and they will absolutely be more than happy to take an unwanted baby. The fact that there was once a fetus inside a woman’s body does not prevent her from exercising the same rights as men.
Women need free access to abortion in order to achieve full political, social, and economic equality with men.
By saying that because of the fact a woman has born a child, she is incapable of becoming as successful as a man, pro-choicers are the one victimizing women. They are implying that a woman’s biology makes her less equal, less capable, and less respectable.
Men are not biologically able to bear a child. If a woman wants to use abortion as the argument that it provides a female with the same “freedoms” as a man, then she is actually complaining about the fact that she was born as a woman with the ability to carry a child, instead of being born a man. A woman could have a baby, even decide to keep the baby, and she could still be just as successful financially and socially as a man. If the woman decides that having a baby would prevent her from being equal with a man, abortion is not the only option. Logically, abortion does nothing to secure a female’s political, social, and economic success or equality with a man.
It comes down to modern feminists needing to find ways to make women feel victimized. Raising a baby, or even simply birthing the baby, does not make a woman any less than a man. I don’t feel oppressed because I was born a woman, and therefore have the ability to bear a child. I am not envious of men because they don’t have the responsibility to bear children. Abortion at its simplest is just selfish. And (a lot of) modern feminists have the amazing ability to ignore their conscience and twist the pro- choice reasoning into a completely illogical argument. I am proud of being a woman. I am proud of the fact that I am part of the half of our species that has the privilege to carry a human life. That’s empowering to me. I do not feel oppressed because I may birth a child one day, I feel honored.
This goes much farther into the feminist argument, and that may be another post for another time. In the meantime, please enjoy this blog post about the “victim mentality” of most modern feminists that I found absolutely enlightening. This victim mentality is the roots of the pro-choice argument.
Abortion is not the only solution (and should not be a solution at all) to dealing with an unwanted baby. A woman can become pregnant, choose to give up the baby in adoption, and still succeed in the same political, social, and economic realms as men. Murder is never a solution to anything. There are always other options.