There’s probably not one person who would argue that the pro-life and pro-choice topic has been one hotly debated issue for several decades. Women want to have a say as to what they prefer to do with their bodies while pro-life advocates want to save every single life, so to speak. They think that babies deserve the right to live, regardless of what a mother’s personal circumstances may be.
But then again, it should be a human right for a female (or a male) to choose what they want to do with their body. It shouldn’t be up for discussion or public debate for that matter. After all, the public doesn’t talk about males and what they do with their bodies, so why should females be subjected to such controversy and invasion of their personal space? And even if she does choose to terminate her pregnancy, why should that be a concern to other strangers?
With that being said, here is a list of 10 pro-life arguments that are totally wrong and 5 that are right. You might not agree with everything, but we want to lay out the arguments for you. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
15 Mother Was Attacked Or Violated
Many pro-lifers say that a woman should not have an abortion, regardless of what the circumstances she was in or how the baby was conceived. Of course, pro-choice supporters have argued that if a woman was attacked or violated, she was every right to terminate the pregnancy, especially if it was forced upon her.
Plus, this is a human rights violation. It’s an unwanted pregnancy. A woman who was physically attacked or violated can suffer from long-term emotional scars if she’s forced to give birth to her baby. She might have a difficult time even bonding with her baby, knowing that she was attacked by a stranger or worse, a predator that she may or may not have known. In this case, every woman should have the right to abort her baby and terminate her pregnancy. It shouldn’t just be a choice, but a right.
14 When Families Procreate
There’s no denying that every woman should have the choice to abort their babies, especially if they find themselves in a situation in which they’ve procreated with a family member. No human being on this planet should be forced to deliver a baby that was conceived in that matter. Not only is it wrong, but there’s a strong possibility that the child might suffer from some serious defects or abnormalities.
What’s more, there’s a good chance that the woman was not given a chance to say no or defend herself in such a horrific situation. It’s hard for pro-lifers to debate this, as many people believe that this should be an exception to the anti-abortion rule. Not only is it wrong, but it’s also doing mankind a huge disservice, too.
13 Mom’s Life Is In Danger
Another reason why a woman should have the right to terminate her pregnancy is if her life is in serious danger. She might not even make it alive before she gives birth. As a matter of fact, some doctors have gone on the record to say that abortions do sometimes save women’s lives.
According to USA Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement saying: "Abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event. Conditions that might lead to ending a pregnancy to save a woman's life include severe infections, heart failure and severe cases of preeclampsia, a condition in which a woman develops very high blood pressure and is at risk for stroke.”
12 Child’s Life Is In Danger
There’s also the possibility that a child’s life might be in danger and it might be a reason why a woman should have an abortion. Pro-choice advocates argue that there are some serious consequences for both a mother and her child if an abortion has been denied.
According to the Huffington Post, a group of researchers have found out that many unwanted children might become chronic juvenile delinquents later in life. What’s more, complicated births and maternal rejections have been linked to juvenile crime. David A. Grimes writes, “Disadvantages of being born unwanted appeared early. By third grade, unwanted children were already under-performing. The postulated mechanism was termed psychological sub-deprivation. Basic emotional needs of these children had not been met, and the consequences manifested in school performance and social development. Children born after denied abortions were at increased risk of psychiatric and counseling referrals. Alcoholism and criminal activity were twice as common.”
11 High-Risk Pregnancy
Also, should a woman be forced to continue a high-risk pregnancy, knowing that there might be severe complications that might pose a threat to both her and her baby? That’s what a lot of pro-choice defenders have been asking for decades now. If a woman’s doctor believes that she has a high-risk pregnancy, it should be totally up to the mother if she wants to continue or terminate her pregnancy, especially if her life might be on the line.
There are a lot of different factors that might contribute to high-risk pregnancies: “uncontrolled gestational diabetes increases the risk for preterm labor and delivery, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure.” Existing conditions, such as being HIV-positive might also put a mother’s unborn child at risk of developing the virus, too in certain cases.
10 It’s A Woman’s Choice
It’s no secret that pro-choice debaters have long said that a pregnancy should be a woman’s choice. After all, she is the one carrying her baby for nine long months. Sure, it takes two to tango but a pregnancy doesn’t affect a man the same way it affect’s a woman’s body, her mental state, and of course, her future. There are a lot of post-pregnancy issues that many women have to deal with years after they’ve given birth to their child.
If a woman finds that she is incapable of carrying her child to term, was forced to become pregnant under undesirable terms, or knows that her life is it risk, it should be her choice to terminate the pregnancy. She shouldn’t be dictated or told what to do with her body by strangers who will never even lift a finger to help her and her child.
9 It Was Forced Upon Her
There are some cases in which a married woman might have been forced to have gotten pregnant. She might have been pressured by her husband, her partner, or a member of her family. A lot of people like to tell women that “it’s now or never” or that they “should get pregnant before it’s too late.” In other words, a lot of women feel like they need to have children in order to keep up with society’s norms.
She might feel trapped with the pregnancy. She might feel like she’s only doing it to please other people around her. She might secretly hate being pregnant or feel like she’s not ready to become a mother yet. Whatever the case may be, a woman should never feel pressured into doing anything that she doesn’t feel comfortable doing, and that includes getting pregnant.
8 Defects Or Abnormalities
A lot of women feel like they simple don’t have what it takes to take care of a special needs child. That’s why they choose to terminate their baby during their early stages of their pregnancy, especially if their doctor suspects that the fetus might have defects or abnormalities. Or, woman might be given information about her child’s health that might make it difficult for her to parent her baby later on.
Whatever the case, not every woman is capable of facing such a challenge. She might not feel like she has the strength the capacity or even the financial backing to take care of a child that might have special needs later on in life. It's a choice that should be made by the two parents involved, and not other strangers.
7 It Shouldn’t Be A Public Debate
For a lot of pro-choice supporters and women in general, abortions shouldn’t be up for public debate. It’s a private matter, not one that should be making headlines in every country in the world. We don’t talk about men and the choices they make with their bodies. So why should women be subjected to this kind of treatment? Why can’t a woman make a private decision about her pregnancy without the world getting involved with it?
A lot of people (and men specifically) want to tell women what they should do with their bodies, without considering their thoughts and feelings or their future, too. Even if it’s her baby and her body, a lot of pro-lifers want to tell a woman what she should or shouldn’t do, even if they have no involvement in her life. And that right there is just plain wrong.
6 Circumstances Change
It’s without a doubt that life can’t be planned. There’s no road map to help lead adults from point a to point b. As we all know too well, circumstances change, making it very hard for mothers to raise their babies, especially if they do it on their own or have no financial support from their child’s father.
Too often we hear stories of fathers or husbands walking out from their families when the going gets rough. That leaves many women no choice but to be the new breadwinner of their household. And if they are expecting another baby, this makes life even tougher for her. She didn’t expect to do this on her own and she certainly doesn’t want to bring a child into her life that she knows will be difficult to raise. That’s why pro-choice supporters say if it’s her body, it’s her choice.
5 Life Starts At The First Heartbeat
There’s a misconception that life only starts at birth or the baby’s first breath. But not everyone feels this same way. A lot of pro-life advocates will say that life starts at the first heartbeat, while the baby is still in the mother’s womb.
There’s no denying that women carry their babies in their womb. A lot of parents will even call their unborn child their son or daughter before even laying their eyes on them. It’s not like you can call your unborn child in your pregnant belly “a thing.” They’ve already started their life and according to anti-abortion advocates, they deserve a chance of one outside of the womb as well. Their heart is beating for a reason. That’s why a lot of people believe that those who choose to go the abortion route are simply uneducated about babies and their development inside the womb. And that’s why pro-lifers want to give pregnant women as much information as possible to hopefully discourage them from abortions.
4 Women Shouldn’t Get Abortions “Just Because”
There’s no doubt that everyone has heard stories of women getting abortions “just because.” Either the timing isn’t right, they aren’t in love with their partner, or the pregnancy was clearly unexpected. They might be thinking more about their career than settling down and starting a family. Or they find that they can’t afford a child or prefer to wait until the dust has settled in their lives.
Simply put, you can’t predict what will happen after you get pregnant. As much as you try and plan your life, many roadblocks might appear, forcing you to take unexpected detours. But for pro-lifers, that doesn’t give women the excuse to have an abortion. Unless the mother is in danger or the pregnancy was forced upon her, pro-life advocates say abortions should be ruled out no matter what.
3 What About Adoption?
Should the mother or father find themselves unable to raise their child, many pro-lifers say that there’s a better option than abortion: and that’s adoption. There are so many couples that struggle to conceive everyday. Their hopes diminish when they find out that they can’t conceive a baby naturally or worse, miscarry their unborn child.
That’s why pro-lifers want them to strongly consider putting their child up for adoption if they can’t raise the baby on their own. Why not give a struggling couple the child they’ve always dreamed of, even if it’s not their own biological son or daughter? A family is a family, no matter where anyone comes from. While one door closes, another one can open, leading to endless love and possibilities of a bright future together.
2 Every Child Deserves A Chance
More often than not you’ll hear a pregnant woman talk about her future hopes and dreams for her unborn child. Their son might become a successful engineer like their father. Their daughter might love to learn ballet like their mother, or better yet, be an educator like their grandmother. Or they might aspire to become the next President of their country. The possibilities are endless.
That’s why so many people say over and over again that every child deserves a chance at life. Sure, circumstances change and not every pregnancy might have been a planned one, but it shouldn’t be up to the parent to decide their child’s fate. At least, that’s what pro-lifers believe and it’s an argument that has gotten people debating for years now.
1 Some Say It’s Like Murder
Yes, a lot of pro-life supporters will link abortions to murder. They’ve said time and time over again that if a mother aborts her baby, they are murdering the fetus. They are not giving the baby a chance to live, a chance to make an impact in this world, and of course, a chance at life.
It’s without a doubt that this debate will be going on for quite some time, as long as it remains a political issue. Women want to have control of their bodies and their destinies while many pro-life advocates want to save babies from being aborted. And unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the two sides will ever agree. How do you feel about this issue? Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Let us know your thoughts and comments by dropping us a line below.