I’ve grown so weary of hearing blatant misinformation about abortion spouted off as true. Here are a few of the top abortion myths that make me cringe.
#1) A woman has a right to choose.
This is just a semantic game. No verb is without a subject; no choice is without a set to be chosen from. So when we say a woman has a right to choose, the most appropriate response is “to choose what?” What choice does this woman have the right to make? Certainly very few people would argue that a woman has a right to choose to kill her 2-year-old. Why should anyone have a right to choose to kill a pre-birth child?
#2) Abortion is a healthcare decision.
What other situation can you think of in which someone is allowed to kill another person, given that the second person poses a health risk to the first? Notice that I am not here talking about ectopic pregnancy, which is the only case in which abortion may save the life of the mother. I’m only pointing to abortions that are carried out for the immediate health of the mother. Things like preeclampsia and eclampsia are treatable. Granted, it’s hard, but hard treatment does not justify killing a human person.
#3) If you make abortion illegal, it will just make it harder on people who want to get abortions.
This argument always baffles me, but it pops up in nearly every conversation I have about abortion. If we make abortion illegal, women will still have abortions in back alleys, and that’s dangerous, therefore abortion should be legal so that women don’t have to go through all that danger. It’s an amalgam of gibberish. The question that I have to ask is why should we make something legal just to accommodate the person breaking the law? If abortion really does end a human life, and if that is really wrong, then why should we make abortion okay just so the mother doesn’t have to go through a lot of hassle to kill her child? It doesn’t make sense.
#4) Abortion is a women’s rights issue.
If abortion only affected women, I could understand that. But a little over half of the children terminated by abortion would be boys, if they survived. So the real issue at hand is a human rights issue — is the fetus a legitimate member of the human community? A genuine human person? As Greg Koukl has said, “If the fetus is not a human person, no justification for abortion is needed. If the fetus is a human person, no justification for abortion will suffice.” Abortion cannot be framed as a women’s rights issue because it affects everyone, regardless of gender. The abortion debate hinges entirely on one question: What is the fetus?
I certainly hope this short post was interesting. I hope to hear your opinion below: What “facts” about abortion give you the shivers? Disagree with something I said here? Let me know why! Dissent is expected, but so is civility. I know this is a spicy topic: Keep your cool, please.