Pro-Life: A Secular Case

In the few dialogues with non-believers where the subject of abortion came up, I found that the most persuasive pro-life argument is not an argument from Scriptures but an argument from science. The times when Scripture passages were brought in, the pro-choice(er) tended to point that our differences are religious, and he does not want to participate in a “religious conversation,” or even worse, that the pro-life argument is merely religious and not scientific.

For this reason I wanted to look closer into pro-life groups that approach the argument against abortion from a secular worldview
instead of a strictly religious one. Of course, my intention is not in promoting humanism, but in helping people understand that being pro-life does not have to be a ‘Christian’ thing.

Becoming familiar with the arguments that other groups use to speak against abortion, will broaden our perspective and make us better equipped to fight this injustice. With that said I we have to be aware that even a good scientific, religious and/or philosophical argument against abortion may not convince every woman to choose life. But a good argument for the pro-life view has the potential to influence a generation, open the world’s eyes to see the genocide, and even to save many lives. And in the end, as a pro-lifer, when it comes to this debate ‘life is the bottom line,’ and goal is to preserve life not win an argument.

So here are some articles worth looking into:

Confessions of a Pro-Life Atheist, Why I Fight Abortion

“Thankfully for the pro-life movement, science has reemphasized the movement’s argument that abortion takes the life of an unborn child. Today, the movement has realized that science is much more likely to reach an audience which is increasingly looking for demonstrable evidence from which to base their position on social issues; not just the church’s suggestion.” A pro-life[r] Atheist
Patrick Ptomey

By: Kristine Kruszelnicki
The author does a great job systematizing the abortion debate

“Abortion is an emotionally complex issue, stacked with distressing circumstances that elicit our sympathy and compassion, but abortion is not morally complex: If the preborn are not human beings equally worthy of our compassion and support, no justification for abortion is required. Women should maintain full autonomy over their bodies and make their own decisions about their pregnancies. However, if the preborn are human beings, no justification for abortion is morally adequate, if such a reason cannot justify ending the life of a toddler or any born human in similar circumstances.” – Kristine Kruszelnicki

From Family Research Council: The Best Pro-Life Arguments for Secular Audiences
By Rob Schwarzwalder

If the medicine and science don’t persuade your audience, consider citing authorities from the “pro-choice”[20] community itself. Mention “Pro-choice” feminist Naomi Wolf, who in a ground-breaking article in 1996, argued that the abortion-rights community should acknowledge the “fetus, in its full humanity” and that abortion causes “a real death.”[21] More recently, Kate Michelman, long-time president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, acknowledged that “technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being.”

Secular Pro-Life Perspective

The next few months were the hardest of my life. At 16 weeks I felt my baby move for the first time, and at 20 I found out I was having a girl. I’m thinking, I’m going to meet my daughter, and then I’ll know what could have been. I lost a child that I chose to lose. Ultimately I became pro-life with no exceptions for rape or incest. – Albany Rose, 21


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