Much has been said about bodily rights arguments, the arguments that state a woman has a right to do whatever she wants with anything inside her body, or that no woman should be forced to remain as life support for an unborn human being. I have responded to these arguments elsewhere. However, a similar argument […]
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Today, Dennis Prager released an excellent video presenting five non-religious moral arguments against abortion. Please give it a watch. I’d like to focus on the first of Prager’s five arguments, which is that even if the unborn are not persons, it doesn’t mean, ipso facto, that abortion is moral. Now, I’ve argued elsewhere that the unborn certainly […]
Bodily autonomy. It’s a term that has essentially lost all meaning in our culture today. Not because it doesn’t have an objective meaning, but because the cry for “bodily autonomy” (e.g. “my body, my choice”) has been accepted uncritically as a modern slogan, despite most pro-choice people being unable to defend the proposition that bodily […]
I’d like to take a moment to respond to a meme that I have seen floating around Facebook: Essentially, this meme is stating that if women can’t back out of pregnancy, then men shouldn’t be able to, either. This is one of those arguments that pro-choice people should be able to immediately recognize as a […]
Last weekend, I spent time in Ventura and Los Angeles speaking at seminars for Justice for All, then went out to UCLA for two days of pro-life outreach. One of the arguments used at JFA is regarding human rights, and whether or not all human beings deserve those rights. We ask whether or not people […]
I recently came across an article from pro-choice blogger Libby Anne, who responded to a letter and stated that the only place men have in the abortion debate is supporting a woman’s right to choose (abortion). In other words, men have no place in the abortion debate unless they’re pro-choice. How open-minded. I didn’t realize […]
I came across a question over the internet. I’m not a user on Tumblr, but this came up on Google. Someone had asked this question: What’s the main reason you think abortion is ok? The answer, which is indicated as the best one, is: “Because forcing someone to continue with a pregnancy against their will […]
I was reading a pro-choice blog in which the author had an experience with a pro-life woman. The author asked this woman if a child who dies in a car accident is just like a child who is aborted. Incredulous that the woman would believe this, the author says, “I them [sic] pointed to my […]
Language is one of the most important aspects of being human. It’s what sets us apart from animals. Language is how we communicate our desires and our needs. Language helps us understand and make sense of the world around us, and it lets us make distinctions so we can know how one thing differs from […]
If a pro-choice person you’re talking to understands the distinction between the question of biological humanity and philosophical personhood, he/she will undoubtedly attempt to find some property/properties that persons must possess in order to be a person. Some common ones are consciousness, self-awareness, sentience (meaning the ability to sense and feel pain), and desires. While the […]