- Fetal Pain:
Fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, at which point elective abortion is usually illegal and almost never happens anyway.
- Abortion is Unsafe:
It’s one of the safest procedures in existence; it’s actually safer than pregnancy, carrying to term, and delivery.
- Planned Parenthood is Primarily an Abortion Provider:
Abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood provides. Moreover, they provide so much contraception (over 30% of their services) that they prevent more abortions than they perform to the tune of 800,000 fewer abortions per year.
- Our taxes (US) are spent on abortions:
For the moment, we have the Hyde Amendment preventing exactly that, though it really should be repealed. Besides, so what if you disagree with abortion as a taxpayer? The function of tax revenue is not to pay for your opinions.
- Abortion kills babies:
No, it kills a fetus. When it could be a “baby” (past twenty-one weeks), elective abortion is usually illegal. When abortions do happen at this stage (only 1.5%), virtually all of them happen because the life of the mother is in danger.
- A fetus is a person:
No, it is a potential person.
- Most women regret abortion:
False. “The most common feeling experienced after an abortion is that of relief and confidence in the decision. Few women may experience feelings of grief and guilt, and these feelings usually pass within days to weeks in most cases and do not lead to mental health problems.” Also, 80% of women who terminate do not regret their decision.
- On a similar note, “Post-Abortion Syndrome”:
Both the American Psychological Association nor the American Psychiatric Association reject its existence.
- “Pro-choicers are murderers/baby-killers/oppressors/anti-life/pro-abortion/the most evil people on Earth!”:
This is libel.
- “Emergency contraception (Morning After Pills) is the same as abortion!”
No; it keeps you from becoming pregnant in the first place. Contraception prevents abortion; wouldn’t contraception and “pro-lifers” make natural allies?
- Emergency contraception is unhealthy!
- Birth control is the same as abortion!
Wrong again. Similar to EC, they keep you from getting pregnant.
- The only purpose of sex is procreation:
Human psychology is more advanced than that, and sex can do far more for us than just procreation.
Adoption isn’t an alternative to pregnancy; it’s an alternative to parenthood. Sometimes the pregnancy is the problem, not just the developing child itself. In any case, murder accounts for 20% of deaths of all pregnant people.
- “I’m pro-life because God is.”
The Bible often indicates that Yahweh is not pro-life.
- “Look at all these pictures of aborted fetuses! Abortion is disgusting!”
Almost all surgery is gory.
- Partial-Birth Abortion:
Is a total myth. Yes, it exists, but it is NOT a birth, and this name is a misnomer. Only 1.5% of all abortions happen past 21 weeks, because the health of the mother is in danger.
- Abortion is immoral!
No it’s not.
romanticize healthy relationships
Have you heard of Ban Bossy? It’s the new initiative from Lean In and the Girl Scouts that’s trying to ban “bossy” and similar words that are used to bring down girls that are ambitious, take risks, and speak up. By changing the way we treat girls who lead, hopefully our generation will someday see more women in leadership roles.
next time someone tells you Muslim countries oppress women, let them know Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights