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Pro-Choice Scenarios and Follow Up Questions

I saw this super long post circulating the internet over the past couple of days. What I didn’t see, though, was anyone asking questions or making clarifications. So I’ve added some. 

Updated on 6/26/2022.

“I’m not pro-murdering babies.” 

Murder is the intentional killing of innocent human life. It’s a very good thing to not murder babies.  

“I’m pro-Becky who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.” 

If the baby dies while in utero or shortly after birth, assuming the scan was correct, it’ll be a miscarriage or a death shortly after birth. It’s super sad and awful and preemptively killing the baby won’t solve any of the unfortunate circumstances.   

“I’m pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.”

-Inflicting additional harm on another innocent person doesn’t bring the wrongdoer to justice; it just adds another victim. Killing the unborn baby because of the actions of their father won’t remotely fix the trauma of rape. Personally, I’m a fan of death or castration for rapists and the assailant should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Side question: If abortion is made legal in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother, then can we make all other abortions illegal? 

“I’m pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.” 

-This is unfortunate. Generally, if the baby is far enough along during the pregnancy, the medical team will still try to deliver and keep the baby alive along with the mom. The goal is to save both lives and realistically, it’s incredibly rare in the United States for genuine life-of-the-mother-unless-she-has-an-abortion situations to occur due to our country’s level of medical development. But if we’re playing the “Yeah, but what if…” game, then the life of the mother is more important because if the mom dies, then the baby generally will as well, and, pragmatically, losing one life is less bad than losing two.

But, again, this is a super rare situation.

“I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.” 

-Much like the rape example earlier, this is terrible. The person who ripped away her innocence should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Again, how does inflicting more harm on another innocent person correct the initial wrongdoing? 

“I’m pro-Melissa who’s working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.”

-This is basically the killing of a baby due to less than ideal life circumstances. Abortion doesn’t solve poverty. Abortion will never solve poverty. Sure, babies definitely make life stressful and struggle is real, but killing an unborn baby won’t remedy that. Good news, though: Churches and pregnancy resource centers (among other organizations) are great at assisting in situations like these when people in the community need help. 

“I’m pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.”

-Again, this is legitimately the killing of a baby due to inconvenient life timing. Aborting her baby won’t fix her life situation. However, if Brittany’s life timing is that inconvenient, then adoption is an excellent way to show that baby how much she loves her by giving her to a couple who can provide and care for her since there are 36 married couples for every 1 baby that gets adopted.

“I’m pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE number of fetuses.”

-“Fetus” describes a stage of development, much like “infant” or “toddler.” Those fetuses are still babies. Perhaps this could indicate that IVF clinics should only implant as many preborn babies as a woman is willing to carry and birth at once.  

“I’m pro-Jessica who is FINALLY getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster’s child.”

-The baby isn’t a monster though, right? It’s not the baby’s fault who their dad is. Just like the statements from earlier, killing the baby won’t resolve the trauma and pain that was inflicted by another person; it just adds another victim.

“I’m pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after YEARS of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.” 

-This is called a miscarriage. Not an abortion. Abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn baby; if the baby dies on its own, as sad as it is, it’s a miscarriage.

“I’m pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.” 

-By definition of being pregnant, she’s already a mom. Even if she has an abortion, she still was a mom. This is another example of killing a baby out of convenience and completely disregards the blessing of adoption since there are 36 married couples for every 1 baby who gets adopted. Alternatively, she could also keep the baby. Teenage motherhood is difficult but not impossible.

“I’m pro-Courtney who just found out she’s already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.” 

-This is an ectopic pregnancy, which isn’t viable, and is a genuine life-threatening situation. It’s sad and unfortunate but not an abortion. 

“You can argue and say that I’m pro-choice all you want, but the truth is: I’m pro-life. Their lives. Women’s lives.”

-After reading your arguments, I’m going to say that you’re definitely in favor of murdering babies and either intentionally conflated miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies with abortion, or you were just misinformed. I really hope you were just misinformed, otherwise, it kind of looks like you had some malicious intent and were trying to muddy the waters on purpose. 

“You don’t get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted. It’s not about which stories you don’t agree with. It’s about fighting for the women in the stories that you do agree with and the CHOICE that was made.”

-Why not? Not all situations are created equally. Miscarriages that just happen sometimes and the legitimate life-threatening emergency of an ectopic pregnancy are not at all the same as abortion (intentionally ending the life of the baby) due to inconvenient life timing, poverty, or disliking who the father is. 

“Women’s rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation!”

-Does “all women, regardless of their situation” include protecting the rights of the preborn women in these situations? What about the preborn boys too? The only person who doesn’t have a voice in the matter of their rights being protected is the baby. 

“Overturning Roe does not stop abortions, it stops SAFE abortions!” 

-Overturning Roe wouldn’t stop abortions; it would just make it a state issue and not a federal issue. Don’t worry, abortion would still be legal in super blue states, as awful as it is. 

“Abortion is healthcare.”

-Abortion is the intentional killing of innocent human life. 

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-Hashtags are dumb.

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