Bad Abortion Arguments
Tags: morals and ethics, social justice
There are three arguments for or against abortion that make any sense to me:
- The fetus is not a person and thus has no rights of its own, and therefore abortion should be no more heavily regulated than any other similarly invasive medical procedure.
- The fetus is a person and thus does have rights, and therefore abortion should never be permitted.
- The mother's right to choose whether or not to be pregnant trumps any rights the fetus may or may not have.
I find that last one morally repugnant, but it's at least not blatantly fallacious.
Most of the things pro-lifers and pro-choicers scream at each other, however, not so much.
So here's a non-exhaustive list of bad arguments for or against abortion. I tried to balance pro-life and pro-choice arguments, but the latter ended up outnumbering the former. This isn't because I think pro-life arguments are generally better than pro-choice ones, but because, in my personal experience, pro-choicers use a wider variety of bad arguments.
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