Sunday, January 4, 2009

Know That You Know

In Focus on the Family's Brio magazine that my sister and I recieve, I found an interesting article on abortion. It was called 'Know That You Know'. It was in the January, 2009 adition.

It's a Christian view on abortion, and answers to arguments that pro-choice'rs always bring up in an argument.

Here it goes, i typed it all up:


It’s hard to articulate your beliefs about abortion when everyone around you buys into the lies of the world. It’s tough…but it’s not impossible!

Article by Susie Shellenberger

Argument 1: Abortion must be legal because women have a “right to privacy”.

Your Response: A recognized right to privacy doesn’t mean that anything goes. What you do in the privacy of your own home, for instance, is wrong if you’re abusing a child, operating a prostitution ring or selling illegal drugs.
Likewise, a woman’s “right to privacy” doesn’t grant her the authority to end the life of a living human being. In this case her preborn child.
Legal abortion assumes that a woman will have to choose between her needs and her baby’s and that doesn’t have to be the case. Placing the child’s right to life in competition with a woman’s right to privacy is a no-win for both mother and child.

Argument 2: The preborn baby is not a living human being. Therefore, abortion is acceptable.

Your Response: Basic biology blows this argument out of the water; A human embryo or fetus is, well…human. A member of the homo sapiens species and the offspring of, well…humans.
No one with a fundamental knowledge of human biology can argue against this with any credibility.
If the baby is not a living human, why does a doctor who’s treating a pregnant woman have two patient? If the preborn are not human, why do 37 states and the federal government have laws charging two counts of murder when a pregnant woman and her baby are killed?

Argument 3: Abortion helps women who face an unexpected or difficult pregnancy.

Your Response: When you think of the situations in which abortion is most frequently considered, you see that abortion ends the pregnancy but doesn’t necessarily solve the underlying problem. Economically disadvantaged women are still economically disadvantaged. A woman who was sexually assaulted still must confront the trauma of that experience. Abortion can also create health and psychological problems that didn’t exist before, including difficulty becoming pregnant again in the future, depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Argument 4: A woman has a right to control her own body. There fore, she can decide to abort a fetus.

Your Response: A baby is not part of a woman’s body. It has it’s own genetic code, blood type and immune system, and half the time, a different gender.

Argument 5: Abortion should be legal because women have a “right to choose”.

Your Response: Abortion advocates created the slogan, “right to choose” to take attention away from what abortion does – destroys a living, growing human life. It’s funny that they never finish the sentence: A woman has the right to choose WHAT? To choose to end the life of her preborn child. All sorts of laws prevent one human from harming another (murder, rape, assault); that’s the basis of a civilized society. Abortion isn’t a civilized response to an unexpected pregnancy.

Argument 6: If abortion is outlawed, women will turn to dangerous illegal abortions as they did before abortion was legalized. So women will die.

Your Response: It might surprise you to know that the number of illegal abortion deaths before legalization in 1973 was exaggerated, and for political reasons. Early abortion advocates admit this was the case. The number of illegal abortion deaths dropped drastically, not with the advent of legal abortion, but with the development of antibiotics.

Argument 7: Even if I’m personally against abortion, it’s wrong for me to impose my views or my morality on someone else who supports abortion.

Your Response: Every law represents someone’s morality. Laws against drowning crying infants represent near-universal standards of morality and civility. The preborn child is a member of the human family and as such deserves a chance to by born and thrive, just like you and me.

Argument 8: Abortion should be allowed when a woman is sexually assaulted. She shouldn’t be forced to live with a reminder of this crime.

Your Response: Yes, rape is a terrible crime and assault, but abortion is also an assault against the woman and her child. How is it just for an innocent child to pay with her life for the crimes of her father?

Argument 9: a preborn chld is merely another part of the woman’s body. Therefore, abortion is acceptable.

Your Response: Again, Basic biology begs to differ: A young human growing in her mother’s womb has a completely unique genetic code and may ave a different blood type. If the human is male, he has a different gender.

Argument 10: The preborn may be a human, but not a “person” with feelings and thoughts. Therefore, abortion is not killing a person.

Your Response: The notion of “person” or person-hood is a philosophical concept. Let’s stick to the hard, cold biological fact that the offspring of humans are humans.


Ginny said...

I don't know if I agree with that . . .

Ginny said...

I meant the response to arguement 8

☽ruby☾ said...

i have to agree. i don't like abortion i sure don't agree with it. but my opinion wavers in rape or sexual assault cases. i even wrote a paper on abortion and my opinions and such and my teacher disagreed with me on the whether or not it was ok in that kind of situation

Kristina said...

i actually agree with the whole thing. even 8. cause, like they said, the baby shouldn't have to pay for how stupid the father was. i think it's killing an innocent child.

Ginny said...

well if the kid stayed they could be in a lot worse situations

Steph said...

not if they were put up for adoption. the child shouldn't be put to death because her father raped a women.

Ginny said...

yeah but what if no one takes them? Then they'de be in a cruel foster home, or an orphanage that can't get enough funds to feed them

Steph said...

orphan homes aren't like that anymore. there are child rights laws that prevent that, and the kids usually find homes if they're put in as infants. 'cause people don't just go, "Ew. I don't want that baby, he's the product of a rape."
that doesn't happen!

Cabbie said...

I get that magazine, and I also found the article interesting. It's neat you typed it all up for this.
I also believe that all children, no matter how they were conceived, deserve to live. Not really familiar with the intricacies of abortion and adoption (interesting how closely those words are spelled) I can't say how good of lives they would have had if all aborted babies lived. But they all deserved a chance, a chance to live. If we claim civilization based upon justice, it is hypocritical to allow such massacre.

Steph said...