May 24, 2008

Distracting From The Discussion

Often in a discussion of abortion one side will try to distract the other by not focusing on the topic at hand, but defending their position by repeating the mantras of their side. For example, when a pro-life view of the nature of the unborn is given, the pro-choicer's rebuttal sometimes is, "It's the woman's right to choose" or "It's her body" or any number of arguments. The goal is to distract the pro-lifer from their view because the pro-choicer is very uncomfortable about talking about what the unborn is.

May 18, 2008

Short Pro-Life Statements

What if you have only a short time to make a case for the pro-life position? Here are a few statements that can help:

1) If the unborn is growing, it must be alive. If it has human parents, it must be human. And living humans like you and I are valuable.

2) If you don't know if the unborn is alive, then why take the risk by having an abortion? If it's not alive, then why is an abortion necessary?

May 14, 2008

The Burden Of Proof In The Abortion Discussion

In discussions about the abortion issue, there are often claims made that are not backed up by facts. For instance, a pro-choicer will often make the claim that the unborn is not a human at a certain stage of development. The burden is on them to back up their statement with evidence. It is not the time for the pro-lifer to begin stating his argument. Several questions could be asked to the pro-choicer, such as: Why do you believe that? What evidence do you have for that claim? If it is not a human, then what is it? What makes you think that it is not a human at this stage of development, but it is at another? Thus, the subject of the discussion stays focused on defining the unborn. Also, a potential volatile situation is often diffused because the pro-choicer must rationally defend his statement. If he can't explain what the entity is, then it is time for the pro-lifer to move in with the statements: If it has human parents, it must be human. It also has its own genetic makeup that is uniquely its own. By putting the burden of proof on the one making the claim, then the pro-life argument is often made for the pro-lifer without them having to make a long convincing argument.