This is usually the first line you will hear out of the mouths of pro-choice activists. They demand to know who we think we are to tell a woman what to do with “her” body. There are three main arguments you can use against this line:
1. If you have a “right” to control your body, then you have a responsibility to do so before you get pregnant.
According to the Planned Parenthood affiliated Guttmacher Institute, 93% of abortions are due to social reasons (child is too expensive; it would interfere with mother’s plans). If these women knew they did not want a child, then they have a responsibility to either chose not to have sex, or to at least use effective birth control. Abortion is not just “a simple medical procedure”: it results in death 100% of the time. If you want to argue rights, you must first take responsibility for your own choices.
2. An unborn child is not a part of the woman’s body.
A baby is not an organ, it is not a woman’s property, and it IS a life. Scientifically speaking, from the moment of conception a baby has its own DNA, making it a completely different being from a genetics stand point. If a baby is a part of a woman’s body, then pregnant women have two hearts, two brains, and a penis half of the time. An unborn child is IN a woman’s body, but it is not PART of the woman’s body. It is a completely separate human being. The uterus is designed to hold the child and protect it- nature is telling you what to do with your uterus, not pro-lifers.
3. Every year abortion activists allow 650,000 women to be stripped of their most basic rights.
Our Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration that “all men are CREATED equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The very first right, that of LIFE, is denied to 1.3 Million innocent humans every year and half of them are girls. If you truly care about the rights of women, you would be dedicated to preserving the right of all women to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Deanna Candler is a nationally ranked debate champion with the International Public Debate Association. She was adopted after her birth mother decided not to abort. To contact Deanna with ideas for more debates, email her at [email protected].