Sunday, 24 April 2011

how to respond to a pro-lifer

next time you meet someone promoting pro-life, ask them questions like:
* do you eat meat?
* do you hunt?
* do you support capital punishment?
* is war sometimes necessary?
* if your wife/daughter was pregnant and her doctor said that if we dont abort the fetus now, your wife/daughter will die, what would you do? how about if the doctor said that the fetus had a condition that would cause it to die within a couple of days after birth anyways (e.g. an anencephalic fetus), would you still let your wife/daughter die?
* if someone was attempting to kill your child and the only way you could stop him was to kill him, would you do it?

see also my discussion with a fb friend:

RH: Official Mormon stance is anti-abortion "except in case of rape or when the life of mother or child are in jeopardy." Most pro-lifers think that way.

me: ‎"Most pro-lifers think that way." do you have any statistics on this? when i look at the main prolife websites i mostly see messages like "abortion kills babies", "does your doctor kill babies?", "help us *end* abortion", etc...

"Those involved in the pro-life movement generally maintain that the human fetus (and in most cases the human embryo) is a person and therefore has a right to life"

"A child conceived through rape or incest does not deserve the death penalty for his or her father's crime."
also interesting, an example of a disorder where most fetuses dont survive birth: Anencephaly

"The Pro-Life Action League rejects abortion for the alleged purpose of preserving the health of the is wrong to deliberately, directly kill one innocent person to save another."

apparently obama's experience was that the debate was quite polarized, i.e. pro-lifers promoting total ban on abortion:
"Oftentimes what they were trying to do was to polarize the debate and make it more difficult for people, so that they could try to bring an end to abortions overall."

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