These are common objections to the pro-life position. Here are my rebuttals.
1. “Few people are ‘pro-abortion’. But we recognize that abortion is a necessary evil. There are just not enough resources to go around, to cover the burden of millions of new sickly or unwanted babies. Aborting them in the womb is more human that letting them live and watching them struggle with hardship and survival. It’s just to simplistic to say, let em all live. Maybe there will come a day when abortion is no longer necessary, but in the meantime, we must keep it safe, legal, and rare.”
Response: Many people were not "pro-slavery" either. They said, "We are not “pro-slavery” but we recognize that slavery is a necessary evil. There are just not enough resources to go around to cover the burden of millions of new free blacks. Keeping them enslaved is more humane than freeing them and watching them struggle with hardship and survival. It's just too simplistic to say, let em all go. Maybe there will come a day when slavery is no longer necessary, but in the meantime, society must work to keep it safe, legal, and rare
- In 1973 the Supreme Court declared abortion legal in Roe vs Wade. End of discussion.
Response: In 1857, the Supreme Court declared slavery legal in the Dred Scott decision. End of discussion.
- Look, if you believe abortion is immoral, don’t do it. But don’t tell me not to.
Response: Look, if you believe child molesting is immoral, don’t do it. But don’t tell me not to.
- Science will tell us what we need to know about abortion.
Response: Science can tell you that a fetus is viable, but not that a fetus is valuable. Science can tell you the size of the fetus, but not the worth of the fetus. Science can’t tell us what we need to know about abortion (if it’s right or wrong and whether the unborn child is worthy of legal protection). Christians are not pro-life because they don’t care about science. Rather, the very nature of science prevents it from settling the abortion issue.
- “Abortion is humane if it relieves suffering and rescues the child from an unwanted life.”
Response: Infanticide is humane if it relieves suffering and rescues the child from an unwanted life (Peter Singer, an atheist and Bioethicist at Princeton has argued this for years; what ethical or rational difference, he says, can a few centimeters in the birth canal actually make?)
- “People should not base their abortion policy preferences on their worldview or religion. Keep that stuff at home.”