February 29, 2020
Welcome to your ONE-STOP shop of DEBUNKING pro-choice myths.
In the argument on abortion pro-life advocates are crying out for the lives of the unborn.
In this blog post, we will go over the 20 MOST COMMON PRO-CHOICE arguments, and we will dismantle them, one by one.
We are not here to sell you pro-life t-shirts (those pro-life shirts will one day fade), but we want you to be educated in your mind with information that will never fade.
Most of these arguments can be found in the PRO LIFE classic, "Politically Correct Death", by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, so I highly recommend this book for further reading.
Let that statement start the pro life-pro choice debate!
Here is a quick lesson that Dr. Beckwith talks about in his book, explaining WHY a baby is FULLY-HUMAN at conception (the list is below if you wish to skip ahead).
Fertilization occurs when the male sperm and female ovum unite.
What results is an entity called a zygote (pictured below), a one-celled biological entity, a stage of development through which each of us has passed (just as we ALL have passed through infancy, childhood and adolescence).
Both ovum and sperm, which are genetically EACH a part of its owner, cease to exist at the moment of conception, and a new entity (the zygote) is born.
The zygote fulfills the 4 criteria needed to establish biological life: metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.
The zygote is a product of HUMAN parents, thus human.
ALSO, resulting from the union of the female ovum (which contains 23 chromosomes) and the male sperm (23 chromosomes), the conceptus is a new, although tiny, individual with its own genetic code (46 chromosomes), a code that is neither his mothers nor his fathers.
From this point until death, no new genetic information is needed to make the unborn entity an individual human.
AGAIN, his genetic makeup is established at conception, determining to a great extent his own individual physical characteristics - gender, eye color, bone structure, hair color, skin color, susceptibility to certain diseases, etc.
So at conception, the genotype - the inherited characteristics of an individual human being - is established and will remain in force for the entire life of this individual.
The unborn individual, sharing the same nature of all human beings, is unlike any individual who has been conceived before and is unlike any individual who will ever be conceived again (unless identical twins).
The only thing necessary for the growth and development of this human organism, as with the rest of us, is oxygen, food and water, since this organism, like the newborn, the infant, and the adolescent, needs only to develop in accordance with his already-designed nature that is present at conception.
THAT is the prolife position, and it is being shared by pro-life organizations throughout the world, like Students for Life and National Right to Life.
If it is wrong to kill a 3-month-old baby who has been born (and that's actually a big IF for some people), why is it all right to kill the same being 4 months earlier?
He is only less mature than he would be right before he is born in terms of development, dependency, and size; considerations that are NOT morally relevant when it comes to the right of born people.
A 2-year-old does not have a lesser right to life than an adult simply because he differs from the adult in terms of development, dependency and size.
Furthermore, doctors say that a single thread of DNA from a human cell contains the information equivalent to 600,000 printed PAGES (with 500 words per page), or a library of 1,000 volumes of specific genetic information, all available right there at conception.
The stored knowledge, at conception, in the new individual's library of instruction is 50 times more than that contained in the Encyclopedia Brittanica full set.
All of that information inside just one strand of DNA from that small conceptus.
A person did not come from a zygote, she once was a zygote; she did not come from an embryo, she was an embryo; she did not come from a fetus, she was a fetus; she did not come from an adolescent, she was an adolescent.
Are you seeing the point?
The pro-life advocate believes that full humanness begins at conception for at least 4 reasons (from pg. 45 of Dr. Beckwith's book):
If you want to skip ahead, here is a Table of Contents:
Once upon a time, there was a small, brick schoolhouse that was going to be completely demolished because the principal and mayor agreed that they didn’t want it there anymore.
While the townspeople stood around, waiting for the dynamite to be lit, murmurs hummed through the crowd and waves of faces became pale and anxious.
Just then, the town seamstress shuffled hurriedly under the protruding elbows of suited businessmen and around the huddled circles of gossiping teens to the rusty fence taped off to the public and shouted to the head contractor as loud as she could, “EXCUSE ME! SIR!”
After throwing his hands in the air and briskly trekking up the small hill to the small aging woman, he did his best to maintain his composure, since after all, the town’s new mayor was standing a couple rows back.
“Ma’am, we’ve got a deadline. What’s the problem?” asked the contractor in his deep, frustrated southern accent.
“Do you KNOW that no children are in that school?” exclaimed the seamstress, her voice shaking.
“No one knows, ma’am. That’s above my pay grade” he shrugged.
“WHAT?! You mean you’re going to blow up a school, whether or not you know FOR SURE that there is no life in it?” she questioned.
“It’s the principal’s decision. His school. His choice” he replied, losing patience.
The seamstress began to hyperventilate.
Mustering up the her strength, she furrowed her brow, stomped her brown leather loafer on the dirt-packed grass and asserted, “You cannot just – ”
“Hey! Mind your own business, lady. This is a decision between the principal and the mayor. Keep your opinions to yourself!” snapped the contractor.
And with that he shook his head, stomped back down to his control booth, looked back at the old woman, gave a smirk, and lit the dynamite.
Everyone knows very well that this would never happen in real life.
Because we value life.
But this analogy gives us a great example of what abortion arguments actually boil down to, and maybe the most important question in this whole blog post.
If we don’t know FOR SURE that the baby inside the womb is alive, why would we destroy it?
Just as the seamstress wanted to prevent the school from exploding to protect what could be a child, the pro-life position stands with her against the ones who hold the “ignite button”, too.
People may give thought-provoking reasons as to why someone should be able to have an abortion, but the conversation always comes down to this: Is there a child in the womb or not?
And if you are not 100% sure that the baby in-utero is not a child, don’t blow up the school. Choose life.
Well, now we would like to hear from you.
Which PRO-CHOICE misconception have you heard most frequently?
Was it, "My body, my choice," or, "if the child is unwanted, they should be aborted?"
Let us know in the comments section below.
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April 05, 2020
Thanks for the comment David. All of that sounds right to ME.
April 04, 2020
A person’s life begins, when their unique DNA Signature becomes evident. Their DNA never existed before and will never be created again.
We begin life as a person, not an organism… Abortion dehumanizes a person’s beginning…
See others, as you would want to be seen.
Yeah Vicki, that is definitely a popular one. I think that would fall under QUESTION 2 (MY BODY MY CHOICE). Thanks for the comment. That’s interesting about the baby when you drank that orange juice, Jen. :)
April 03, 2020
I do know after taking a non stress test- drinking orange juice- the baby became very active which I could feel as well as the monitor picked up.
April 01, 2020
The argument I’ve heard most is. If it’s not your pregnancy stay out of it…mind your own uterus
March 02, 2020
Hey, I’m a pro-life activist and I’d like to hear some elaboration on the reaction to stimuli point. Does the unborn child react to stimuli from conception?
February 29, 2020
Oh wow :) Yeah that pretty much falls under the “My Body My Choice” option (#2). Thanks for the comment!
The argument I’ve heard most is “If it’s not your uterus stay out of it”
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