I frequently find myself in abortion arguments with people who just cannot wrap their minds around the idea that I think the fetus deserves human rights. It’s like they believe I just bring up fetal rights as a red herring to distract from my supposed hatred of women. They do not believe the fetus deserves human rights, but moreso, they cannot bring themselves to believe that anyone truly believes the fetus deserves human rights. It’s really irritating.
But it got me thinking: what if roles were reversed? Often my debate opponents seem to have no comprehension of the world from a pro-life perspective. What about us pro-lifers? Have you ever considered how you would see things if you were pro-choice? If you truly saw the fetus as a tumor, a parasite, a blob, a Nothing—how would pro-lifers look to you? How would the abortion debate look to you?
I imagine it would look a lot like this. The link is a post from a blog created by so-called “Abortioneers”--people who are incredibly motivated to provide access to abortion. The authors of the blog strike me in their obvious deep care for the women that come to them.
I know the fetus is a human being. I can’t assign the fetus so little value as to justify elective abortions. When I consider the average waiting periods for adoption, when I consider how people scoff at even the notion of a free, 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy (or, hey, sexual acts that don’t involve a risk of pregnancy), my empathy is rapidly replaced by intense frustration.
Even so, it was interesting briefly stepping through the looking glass to see abortion from the other side. I could only hope to write so compellingly as to inspire pro-choicers, however fleetingly, to comprehend my perspective as well.