Abortion Advocates Should Claim the Moral High Ground

Maybe we’ve been using the wrong angle when it comes to protecting a woman’s right to choose. Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Valerie Tarico has written an interesting piece in which she asks whether abortion can be framed as a blessing.

Tarico claims that pro-choicers have lost the moral high ground in the ongoing debate and that has led to a backlash in women’s rights.

While there are moments Tarico derails from her argument (“In the age of Facebook and Twitter, is there a female under twenty-five in who gives a rat’s patooey about privacy, let alone thinks of it as a core value?” Really?!), she raises some good points about how we can change conversations over this sensitive subject to include the moral issue — something upon which pro-lifers entirely base their arguments.

For example:

They say: Abortion is murder. Abortion kills little babies.

We can say: A person can think and feel. My cat can feel hungry or hurt or curious or content; an embryo cannot. / Thanks to better and better pregnancy tests, over 60 percent of abortions now occur before 9 weeks of gestation. Want to see what they actually look like?”

Even though talking with pro-life advocates can be mentally and emotionally draining, maybe the strategy that Tarico offers can help change a few minds and soften a few hearts to a plight many women have to deal with.

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.


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