While surprising to some audiences, pro-lifers occasionally make arguments that are easily refutable. They also sometimes use tactics during abortion debates that are counter-productive. I analyzes nine examples in this presentation:
- “Your mother chose life!”
- “The Bible is pro-life!”
- “Abortion is wrong because it hurts the economy.”
- “Abortion is wrong because it hurts women / causes breast cancer.”
- “Think of all the Beethoven’s we’ve murdered.”
- “Abortion is wrong because it tortures babies to death.”
- “We shouldn’t use embryonic stem cell research because adult stem cell research has more results.”
- Endless quibbling over terms with pro-choice people.
- Focusing on the conspiracy theory that Planned Parenthood is a racist organization.
Questions from the Q&A Session:
- Is “your mother chose life” a bad argument every time, or are there circumstances where it is useful? (Includes a cameo by pro-life hero Eric Scheidler with the strongest defense of vanilla ice cream I have ever heard.)
- If embryonic stem cell research could treat a bunch of diseases, would the ends justify the means?
- What if the pregnancy is threatening the mother’s life?
- Download my speech on Planned Parenthood that I referenced, where I expanded on my reasons for believing the organization isn’t presently racist.
- Download Steve Wagner’s article referenced in this presentation: How Should Pro-Lifers Think About Fetal Pain?