Question: In just one sentence, why are you pro-life/pro-choice?

Question: In just one sentence, why are you pro-life/pro-choice?

Please take a moment to answer the above question on Quora! I’ve been really curious about each pro-lifer/pro-choicer’s main reason for being so passionate about their stance on abortion. From talking to various people, I’ve realized that the one argument that’s most compelling to one person may not be as powerful for another. So I’m not asking what the best universal argument is, but what ultimately convinced you.

Thank you. 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Question: In just one sentence, why are you pro-life/pro-choice?”

  1. Done. My answer: I am pro-life because Jesus the Messiah once inhabited both a womb and a tomb, and His safe exit from both provided salvation for me.

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      1. Jesus did not force me to make this decision, and I will not be misconstrued as forcing anyone to make a particular decision. However, what is a huge misunderstanding on your part isn’t whether anyone is being forced to do anything, or to think anything.

        Take your name, for example.

        Did you have a choice, when you were born, that your surname would be Shaw?

        Or that your first name would be Jason?

        The historicity of your family name was beyond your control. The chosen first name was within the control of the one(s) who named you. Unless steps could be taken to modify the former, or you took steps as an adult to modify the latter, your name would stay what it is.

        It is just an example of how many situations in life are part and parcel of things beyond our control, unless steps are taken to change them.

        When we truly look at your question honestly, how can we say that it is stemming from a balanced perspective. When a child is eight months old, but still connected to his / her mother’s umbilical cord, which is just as much the child’s as well as the mother’s, and a an injection is placed through his skull, and he is summarily executed, broken to pieces with a vacuum cleaner, is something not being forced upon this child? Can anyone say no, and be considered sensible?

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    1. You will never win the abortion argument with the Bible. The Bible is very specific on life beginning at first breath. Many try to spin other scripture but it just doesn’t hold up against such specifics as in Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4, Ezekiel 37:5&6, Exodus 21:22.

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      1. Your presupposition that my simple answer to a question was to create or participate in an argument is shortsighted.

        It seems to me that you were the one who wanted to turn one statement into a debate.

        Nuf said.

        This dialog is counterproductive, in my estimation.

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  2. “Everything is permissible, but not everything is wise.”
    I’m pro-balance. Abortion should not be seen as a common birth control option, but it should be an option for those with no other reasonable choice.

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    1. Are you closely examining the context of this statement? If Paul truly meant that everything is permissible, then we’d have to conclude that His God and Savior endorses all types of atrocities and societal evils.

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      1. It would appear my comment here was deleted – or perhaps it was a technical issue.

        How is your comment to jasonjshaw any less argumentive than my comment above? Nuf said?

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        1. You may be intrigued to know that the ‘Nuf said.” part of my comment was directed to myself. I was doing my best to leave the arguments to the minds and goals of others, as I did not view the intent of this discussion, as indicated by the author, to result in the subsequent debates. Frankly, it would not bother me at all if this entire discourse was deleted. In fact, it may be the optimal conclusion to the matter.

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    1. How do you feel about this hypothetical scenario: “easy-to-obtain birth control, good sex education, maternal healthcare, maternity leave,” + increased physical, emotional, psychological support for crisis pregnancy moms + reduced stigma against pregnancy out of wedlock + applauding the courage of women who choose to carry their unplanned pregnancy to full term (rather than applauding only the “courage” to abort) + outlawing abortion?

      I’m not expert, but to me the above sounds a lot more sound than legalizing abotion so as to reduce abortion. I often use the movie The Purge to highlight the inherent moral contradiction of that logic: in a future dystopian society, the government declares an annual day of crime, where anyone gets away scot-free with committing any crime at all (from vandalism to murder), because this has been found to keep crime rates incredibly low throughout the year. Or this quote by Rush Limbaugh’s quote: “The message that President Obama delivered…was: morality is immoral … Why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there’s nothing wrong with it?”

      I am in no way denying facts and statistics. I just strongly believe there has GOT to be better ways of reducing abortion rate that doesn’t force us to infringe upon our morality and conscience. The question is, are we looking for such solutions? Have we tried hard enough?

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      1. Well in that case we should just outlaw guns. I mean, people are shot to death just like fetuses are aborted right? If we’re going to put morality and conscience and not ending any lives above people’s rights.
        It’s cool to say shootings and abortions and car wrecks are bad, but we’re not going to outlaw abortions or guns or cars. The second amendment, as well as abortion and women’s right to control their own reproduction, is a right. It’s okay to say it sucks that its necessary, but so long s it is, you can’t take it away. That’s how rights work.

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        1. I in fact do think guns should be outlawed (obviously, this is also highly debatable). I come from a nation where guns have never been legal nor easily illegally obtainable, and while murder can obviously still happen by other means, Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. I think it’s safe to attribute this at least partially to the fact that to kill/hurt someone there is not as easy as simply pulling a trigger. I understand that this is so much harder to implement in America, given its size and history — if this were to ever be seriously considered, that is.

          “Rights” is such a buzzword nowadays. Everyone favours human rights, but many favor human rights in their own terms, so it’s a word that’s use as a device to justify what one wants to do purely out of self-interest. The right to life, on the other hand, is the most equalizing right there is. It is the foundation of all human rights. Why squirm about human rights violations if the basic right to life isn’t even respected? I really like this quote: “To deny the fundamental nature of the right to life is to deny the basis of all human rights …The laws of a relativist are laws of convenience; he will cherish the rights of others until those rights interfere with his infinite capacity for self-interest” (from: http://tech.mit.edu/V130/N50/fundright.html).

          (P.S. With driving cars, flying planes, etc, there’s always going to be a small probability of lives being lost. But with abortion, a life is ALWAYS lost, save for the miracle babies who survive abortions. It’s not a matter of probability anymore. One is an accident. The other is a crime.)

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  3. I’m pro-life because I believe life is a gift. We didn’t choose it and it’s not our moral right to decide for others. Of course, we have the legal right to choose, but this choice will not result in blessing.

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  4. Great question. You are brave to bring this up, but I like knowing other people’s points of view and it sounds like you do too.

    The Bible says that we are not to murder others (as distinguished from taking a life in self-defense). Throughout the Bible, which Christians see as divinely woven together over the centuries, it’s clear that God sees us as people and as individuals before we are born. He has a plan for each of us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. He considers us sons and daughters and offers us the chance to spend forever with Him, with Love Himself.

    One of the most beautiful verses in the Manufacturer’s Handbook that speaks to this is Psalm 139:15–16:

    My frame was not hidden from You,
    When I was made in secret,
    And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
    Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
    And in Your book were all written
    The days that were ordained for me,
    When as yet there was not one of them.

    I know this is a touchy and divisive issue and do not want to increase anyone’s guilt if they are wrestling with this. While I don’t believe that rape or incest victims should be forced to bear their attacker’s child, I’m otherwise opposed to abortion because in my faith it is murder. If you see an unborn child as a unique person with a purpose, who is loved passionately by their Creator, then it’s difficult to say the rights of one person (the mother) trump the child’s rights and on that basis the child’s existence can be terminated.

    Both people have rights. One is defenseless. So many Christians are outspoken on this topic because we are standing up for the rights and lives of those who can’t speak for themselves. If they were merely a growth who had no heartbeat or no consciousness or couldn’t feel pain until they exited the birth canal, that would be another story. But these little people experience abortion, sometimes in painful and terrible ways, and whether as a Christian or a human I can’t justify doing that to another human being.

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  5. I am pro-life, because I have given birth and held my precious children on my chest, and looked into their eyes, and I know that what that tiny embryo will become is worth far more than any challenge I would have to overcome to keep it.

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  6. I am pro life – but not in the sense the political parties have tried to align our beliefs against. Life is precious, each and every one. The life of a woman who has been raped and makes the horrifyingly difficult choice between terminating her pregnancy or bearing her rapists child is not a theoretical one for me. I saw this horror play out in my own sister, who took her own life because she was so ashamed she was raped and had an abortion. So, yes, I am pro life. I value the lives of all beings, born and unborn. But I am pro all life – which to me means we remember the Christian ideals we’re striving for: not to judge others’ lives, not to throw stones, and above all, to be kind. Jesus cared far more about love and kindness than he did about pro choice, pro life, homosexuality or any of the other popular talking points of our day. As long as we can be pro life and mean we are, above all, loving and kind, then I can safely say that I’m pro life as well.

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    1. Ah, thank you! Firstly, for your honesty, and I am so sorry for what happened to your sister. Being raped is my greatest fear in life, far more so than death. I sometimes struggle imagining how difficult it would be for me to remain faithful to my belief in God-given value to all life should I be carrying a rapist’s child, especially when PTSD/depression enters the picture. Anyway, I really appreciate the entirety of your comment and I agree completely agree.

      What political parties tend to depict are “anti-abortion” attitudes, and not true “pro-life” stance. It’s a subtle difference, but with huge repercussions. The be anti-abortion is to be against the act of abortion — it is very impersonal. It leads to the kind of people who attack, even shoot abortion clinic workers (how ironic). To be pro-life is to love and respect all life, not just the unborn but also mothers courageously continuing an unplanned pregnancy, mothers considering abortion, fathers, the disabled, the homeless, vegetative patients, criminals on death row. It is more than a matter of personal preference, because it is grounded in God’s universal, unconditional love. To yell at people entering/leaving Planned Parenthood is not loving. To hold up gruesome pictures to terrorize people is not loving. How, then, do we promote a culture of life in a loving, respectful, manner? To not do anything is not the solution either. Christians are called to be light of the world, a city on a hill, and not a lamp hidden under a basket. We demonstrate God’s love. We applaud the courage of mothers who sacrifice comfort and convenience to bring an unplanned child into the world, we provide them with emotional, physical, spiritual support (check out Embrace Grace Inc, they’re doing amazing work with a very compassionate approach!). We speak out lovingly for the virtues of a life-supporting society, we give thanks for the fact that we were all granted the right to life and invite others to reflect upon this privilege, but we don’t curse, we don’t attack.

      Again, thank you so much, and I hope you’ll also post this response (if you’re willing) on the original Quora post (http://www.quora.com/Abortion/In-just-one-sentence-why-are-you-pro-life-pro-choice), because many people need to read this!

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      1. I am pro-choice. The brain starts working as a human brain towards the end of the second trimester. The only restriction I would want is that any abortions after the first trimester be based on medical needs as decided by doctors and not politicians. I do believe the best way to minimize abortion is to reduce unwanted pregnancies, so I am a strong advocate of sex education and free access to reliable contraceptives.

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  7. I am pro-life because circumstance never justifies murdering an innocent person, and because there is more evidence to suggest personhood at conception than not.

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  8. I am pro-life because I believe all human life is created in God’s image and therefore sacred (the Spiritual argument), and that the highest priority must be given to protecting those humans who are most vulnerable and most innocent (and what can be more vulnerable and innocent than a baby waiting to be born? – the humanitarian argument).

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  9. Some are unable to listen, but others are able to listen, but unable to act upon what they have heard. This has been my experience in trying to raise funding for people in need, even though many of my options do not increase the expenses of the listeners even one penny per month. In fact, I have some options through which help can be offered while cutting back on expenses, and / or earning rewards. Can you tell I’m giving it my best shot to change the subject from another one?

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  10. I am pro life, but when it comes to the practicality of keep an “unwanted child” for “fear” of risking the mother’s life, I will let each one decide depending on their measure of faith.

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