Abortion Debate Index

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Biology

Biologically there’s no consensus on when life begins.

What do we mean by “alive”? Are viruses alive?

Embryos are like sperm, eggs, or skin cells.

Embryos are parasites.

Embryos don’t have hearts or heartbeats.

Ultrasounds are just detecting electrical activity, not heartbeats.

Fetuses can’t feel pain.

What about twinning?

A zygote isn’t “alive” yet. Many zygotes don’t even implant.

A miscarriage is an abortion.

Personhood

You aren’t a person until you’re viable/can live independently/don’t require someone else’s body to live.

You aren’t a person until you have consciousness.

You aren’t a person until you have self-awareness.

The Burning IVF Lab thought experiment

If life begins at conception, what does that imply about IVF?

If life begins at conception, why don’t people mourn miscarriage?

Other general personhood discussions

Bodily Rights

It’s my body; I can do what I want with it.

It doesn’t matter if the fetus is a person or not, because no person has the right to use your body against your will.

Consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy

Outlawing abortion leaves women with fewer rights than a corpse.

Effects of Abortion Restrictions

Abortion bans mean more children will be born unwanted.

Abortion is 14 times safer than childbirth.

Stereotypes of Pro-Lifers

You’re not pro-life; you’re anti-choice.

Pro-lifers are pushing their religious views on everyone else.

No uterus, no opinion/Men shouldn’t be making laws about women’s bodies.

Pro-lifers hate women.

Pro-life women hate themselves/are internalized misogynists.

Pro-lifers are right wing extremists.

Pro-lifers are anti-sex/want to control people’s sex lives.

Pro-lifers are anti-contraception.

You’re pro-life because you lack real world experience.

Pro-life is just pro-birth.

Bumper Stickers

Don’t like abortion? Don’t get one

Keep your rosaries off my ovaries

An acorn is not a tree

If abortion is murder, then masturbation is genocide

If the fetus you save is gay, will you still fight for its rights?