Abortion is a very sensitive issue. This is undoubtedly true, as it can create fiction even amongst the closest people. However, abortion is also a very important issue—it’s not one we can just not talk about. We must address it.
Pro-lifers, including myself, have made arguments against abortion for years, and they have all remained the same. However, on the other side of the debate are pro-choicers, who rattle off “rebuttals” to our arguments. In this post, I’d like to briefly address three arguments from the pro-choice side and why they ultimately fall short.
No Uterus, No Opinion
All three arguments from the other aisle are frustrating, but this one might be the most infuriating. You may hear this espoused by many women who don’t want to hear about what they are going to do to their baby. Many repeat the phrase, “No uterus, no opinion.”
This phrase is honestly absurd. Are you meaning to tell me I, a man, cannot speak to an issue merely because I don’t have a uterus? In other words, since I’m not a woman, I can’t have an opinion on abortion? That is utterly untrue. No, I can never feel the pain of pregnancy nor go through the agony of childbirth, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a logical, informed opinion on a matter of life and death.
It’s the same thing with racism. There are some who say White people will never be able to see what Black people see because . . . we’re not Black. That’s not true. That’s a little thing Voddie Baucham coined as Ethnic Gnosticism.
I don’t have to be Black to understand what real racism is. (That doesn’t mean I don’t lack sympathy/empathy for what Black people have gone through and do go through.) And, more to the point of this post, I don’t need to be a women to understand the horror of abortion.
My Body, My Choice
Let me say this upfront: any conversation about this needs to happen with an endless amount of compassion. Our speech must be seasoned with grace even amid deep disagreement. With that said, the “my body, my choice,” argument is as equally preposterous as the “no uterus, no opinion,” argument.
If women didn’t have an actual human life growing within them, this would be a different story. But, alas, that’s not the case. The baby growing inside women may reside temporarily in their bodies, but it is a completely separate body. The location does not matter. The baby has a different blood type, different DNA, can feel pain, among other things.
To say abortion is morally upright merely because the baby is growing in your body is morally repugnant. The baby has its own body—and it’s destroyed in abortion. Also, let’s get rid of this argument for other reasons. Taken from Matt Chandler in a clip of his sermon on abortion a few years back — try walking down the street naked and see what will happen. You will most likely get arrested. You see, we don’t always have the right to do whatever we want with our body.
You don’t have the “right” to destroy the baby inside your body. It may be legal, but it doesn’t make it righteous or even neutral.
Dependent on Me
I’m sure we can all think of a person–whether it be a child, teenager, or grown adult–that is fully dependent on another for survival.
When we say, “I should be able to abort the baby because he/she can’t survive without me,” whether we like it or not, we are also saying we should be able to kill, say, the person who has an awful disease and needs an around-the-clock caregiver.
You may throw hands and say that’s not fair or it’s not the same. I’m sorry, but it is the same thing. You’re making an argument from dependency. “It’s dependent on me, therefore, it should be up to me whether it lives or not.” Pro-lifers simply want to take it to the logical conclusion to show you the absurdity of the argument.
It does not matter that the baby is the dependent on the mother for a period of time. It’s still a separate human life with its own heartbeat, DNA lungs, etc.
Call for Consistency and Compassion
None of these answers to these arguments from the pro-choice crowd means we shouldn’t have compassion and grace in the process. God offers forgiveness for abortion if one humbles themselves and repents. But we are calling for consistency.
We’re not talking about an insect; we’re not talking about a cute little puppy (though some place more value in their pet than fellow humans). We’re talking about living, breathing human beings who deserve the God-given right to live.
Please give them that right.