Hi, my names Gemma. I've been asked to perform a debate on pro-choice, debating against an anti-abortion activist, in front of my class who are conveniently catholic. I am wondering if you could give me some insight of your opinion on the topic, it would be helpful if you are or are not pro-choice. Thanks, Gemma.
Good for you for taking on this topic in a situation I’m sure is uncomfortable for you.
When making whatever argument you’re going to make consider your audience and their views. You have to tap into their objections and their concerns and try to change their minds from there. Also, just remember you won’t convince everyone, no matter what, so don’t feel discouraged by your efforts.
Catholics, and most people against abortion are against it because they feel it’s violating the sanctity of life.
God created a life and we have no right to take that away.
Most people though, don’t consider the life that’s carrying that child or the life of the family after the child is born.
Physical health concerns for the mother should be looked at. During and after birth. Also, the mental health of the mother. If she was trapped by someone, especially a family member, it could be traumatic for her to give birth, even if she gives it up for adoption.
If the mother is a girl, let’s say 12, who was raped by her uncle, is it right or just or respecting of life to put that child through the trauma of carrying to term and giving birth?
Also, in what I think is a moral and a legal issue, outlawing abortion is forcing the woman to use her body for the medical needs of another. We don’t allow this in any other situation.
Let’s say I’m a match to someone as a kidney donor. Even if it would save that person’s life no one can force me to give that kidney. Even if it was a small child no one could force me. Even if it was MY child no one could force me. No one can force me to sacrifice my body medically to save the life of any person.
So why then are pregnant women subject to a different standard?
I would also say, since your audience will be a religious one, that we should practice mercy in situations like abortion if we don’t agree with it.
If a woman becomes pregnant when she doesn’t want to be that’s hard. Especially in cases of rape. Many women will keep the baby for various reasons. But, the women who come to the decision to not keep the baby, I would argue, come to that decision carefully.
There’s so much thought, so much heartache, so much questioning, so much guilt that would go into that decision… Even if you know it’s the right one. A woman who goes through that journey and comes to that decision should be loved and supported by us who Jesus commanded to love everyone, no matter what. We should let God search that person’s heart and judge them based on what’s there… Not us judging a person from the outside on what’s best for their life.
Romans 14:1-13 says it best. But especially these verses…
14:10-14 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this - not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Last, I’d also add if you don’t like abortion make sex ed classes that teach about birth control prominent in every school and make birth control itself readily available and affordable. Studies show this is the most effective way to lower teen birth rates and abortion rates (see studies specifically from Colorado).
Hopefully this helps some. You can also search my tumblr for “pro choice”, “pro-choice”, and “prochoice” to see more thoughts and ideas I have on this subject.
Thanks for thinking enough of me to ask my advice.