Abortion | Arguments and Answers
Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, states” if the unborn is not a human person, then no arguments for abortion are necessary. If the unborn is a human person, then no argument is sufficient”.
I have written and recorded many blogs and podcasts concerning the church and its relevance in society. If you have read or listened to either my position is obvious. If not, in short, my belief is most churches are dying and the others have no impact on culture. Please read or listen to my previous writings and recordings for more.
Today, I am going to address one of those topics we never hear in church. A topic that is controversial, currently in the news, and clearly should be addressed in every church. The church needs to make a clear statement on where she stands on this issue. Since the majority are not, I am going to present the basic arguments, (pro-choice), and answers, (pro-life), on abortion. My goal here is to provide the most common arguments for abortion followed by the basic answers. Prayerfully this will strengthen the follower, help reach the lost, and change culture.
First, I must give credit to Dr. Frances J. Beckwith, current Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Most of this writing was obtained from lecture notes given by Dr. Beckwith, as part of the requirements, for a master’s degree at Biola University.
Argument 1: “back-alley butcher argument - If abortion is made illegal, women will have them performed by back-alley butchers or else by coat hangers on themselves.
1. This is a logical fallacy. See my previous blog and podcast for logical fallacies. It is called begging the question. Meaning the argument's premises assume the truth of the conclusion, instead of supporting it.
2. If the fetus is a human person, then basically when people harm other people, the state should make it safe to do so.
3. If the fetus is a person, then the argument is irrelevant.
Argument 2: The use of statistics - Most of us have heard the statement “we can make statistics state our desired outcome”. It is no different here.
1. It is not uncommon to hear before Roe vs. Wade about 5000 – 10000 women died each year from illegal abortions. This is a false claim. The numbers came from the conjecture of a deputy medical examiner. Google it!
2. If someone claims that a percentage increase is very large, yet does not give the actual numbers, they are probably trying to hide something.
Argument 3: Economic inequity - If abortion is illegal, only the rich will be able to afford it.
1. Again, if the fetus is a human person, it makes no sense. The vices of the wealthy do not become virtues of the poor just because they are denied.
2. Fairness only applies to benefits. Something that does not harm another.
Argument 4: Without access to abortion, problems such as - population control, poverty, and financial burden will occur.
1. This is not a pro-choice argument. There is no choice involved.
2. It, as with argument 1, begs the question. If the fetus is a human person, then why not kill older people instead of the baby? Hmm?
3. If abortion is a means for population control, (big if), it still does not follow abortion is the way to accomplish it. There are other means…
4. It is a myth of the harmfulness to population increase. Population growth is a benefit to the economy. (certain ages apply)
Argument 5: The unwanted child and child abuse – Remember the slogan “every child a wanted child”? This does not justify abortion!
1. And, once again, the same logical fallacy! It begs the question. If the unborn is a human person, then killing it is abuse.
2. The increased number of abortions has not led to less child abuse. Thus, the argument is false!
3. Approximately 90% of all abused children are from wanted pregnancies. Statistic! Google it! Researching it is much better but, whatever.
4. Evaluating a child’s worth based on being wanted by the parents is dangerous. We cannot want and un - want children at will.
5. “Without abortion, women cannot be equal to men.” This implies girls are naturally inferior to boys unless they have surgery.
Argument 6: Severe retardation of the fetus – This happens daily. Sadly, many continue to choose abortion. See how legal does not make moral…
1. What about those who are born, yet severely retarded?
2. We would not kill them, and comes back to the actual issue, the person hood of the fetus.
Argument 7: Cases of rape or incest – thought I was leaving this popular one out didn’t you?
1. Ask the person making the claim: “What if there were no such cases?”
2. If one still favors abortion, regardless of no cases of rape and incest, then ask “why bring up such cases?” The rape and incest argument at this point is irrelevant.
Ultimately, the argument is not about “choice”. The debate is whether the fetus is a human person or not. Science states there is no doubt that an individual human life begins at conception.
We must stop being afraid of controversy.
Abortion is murder. I barely scratched the surface in this writing. Please use the basic information I have written to at least have the conversation…
Beckwith, Francis J., The Case for Moral Absolutes, lecture notes, Biola University
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