Questions for pro-choice candidates

From Trevin Wax:

Debate moderators and reporters love to ask pro-life candidates hard questions about abortion. Curiously, they don’t do the same for pro-choice candidates.

Here are 10 questions you never hear a pro-choice candidate asked by the media:

1. You say you support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion and contraception. Are there any restrictions you would approve of?

2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on “the war on girls” and the growth of “gendercide” in the world – abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose a problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female?

3. In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her parents’ consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental authorization. Do you support any restrictions or parental notification regarding abortion access for minors?

4. If you do not believe that human life begins at conception, when do you believe it begins? At what stage of development should an unborn child have human rights?

5. Currently, when genetic testing reveals an unborn child has Down Syndrome, most women choose to abort. How do you answer the charge that this phenomenon resembles the “eugenics” movement a century ago – the slow, but deliberate “weeding out” of those our society would deem “unfit” to live?

6. Do you believe an employer should be forced to violate his or her religious conscience by providing access to abortifacient drugs and contraception to employees?

7. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. has said that “abortion is the white supremacist’s best friend,” pointing to the fact that Black and Latinos represent 25% of our population but account for 59% of all abortions. How do you respond to the charge that the majority of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of minorities?

8. You describe abortion as a “tragic choice.” If abortion is not morally objectionable, then why is it tragic? Does this mean there is something about abortion that is different than other standard surgical procedures?

9. Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable – able to survive outside the womb?

10. If a pregnant woman and her unborn child are murdered, do you believe the criminal should face two counts of murder and serve a harsher sentence?

via 10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media – Trevin Wax.

 

HT:  Mollie Hemingway

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Trey

    This is gold! Now it’s a matter of implementation.

  • Trey

    This is gold! Now it’s a matter of implementation.

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    I’ve seen and heard that “Anyone without a vagina should have no say as to ‘reproductive rights’”. So…if this is all about gender and ‘equal rights’, then who, pray tell, would stand up for the 20-some million boys who where not afforded a breath of air since 1973?

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    I’ve seen and heard that “Anyone without a vagina should have no say as to ‘reproductive rights’”. So…if this is all about gender and ‘equal rights’, then who, pray tell, would stand up for the 20-some million boys who where not afforded a breath of air since 1973?

  • Josh

    @saddler- “Anyone without a vagina should have no say as to ‘reproductive rights.’ Next time someone pulls that one out, just tell them we have to revoke Roe v. Wade which was decided by 9 male Supreme Court Justices

  • Josh

    @saddler- “Anyone without a vagina should have no say as to ‘reproductive rights.’ Next time someone pulls that one out, just tell them we have to revoke Roe v. Wade which was decided by 9 male Supreme Court Justices

  • Econ Jeff

    I want to know whether if the politician will back the elimination of all child support payments? After all, if it is solely a woman’s body/choice, then the male should have no responsibility for whatever it is that comes out of it.

    (Of course, IT is a BABY, so I don’t agree with this line of argument, but it seems a pretty fair logical conclusion.)

  • Econ Jeff

    I want to know whether if the politician will back the elimination of all child support payments? After all, if it is solely a woman’s body/choice, then the male should have no responsibility for whatever it is that comes out of it.

    (Of course, IT is a BABY, so I don’t agree with this line of argument, but it seems a pretty fair logical conclusion.)

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    My question: If science someday develops a way to test whether the fetus will turn out to be homosexual (they’re born that way, right?), would you still be in favor of selective abortions?

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    My question: If science someday develops a way to test whether the fetus will turn out to be homosexual (they’re born that way, right?), would you still be in favor of selective abortions?

  • Jon

    Obama got hit with question #4 back in 1998 from Ricky Warren. He dodged it saying it was “way above my pay-grade.”

    They usually give you that kind of response, or they dodge it by similar means saying that the courts have determined that it is legal–a “Constitutional Right” even–and they are therefore unqualified and relieved of any burden regarding deciding that issue.

  • Jon

    Obama got hit with question #4 back in 1998 from Ricky Warren. He dodged it saying it was “way above my pay-grade.”

    They usually give you that kind of response, or they dodge it by similar means saying that the courts have determined that it is legal–a “Constitutional Right” even–and they are therefore unqualified and relieved of any burden regarding deciding that issue.

  • Jon

    Er, was it 2008? Yeah.

  • Jon

    Er, was it 2008? Yeah.

  • Andrew

    How exactly does abortion differ from slavery? In both cases one person claims to have the right to treat another person as property. in abortion the property owner can kill its property. in slavery, at least they weren’t allowed to be killed (I think).

    i know i have responsibility to instruct and direct and discipline my kids, but i’m amazed that people who claim to be the guardians of liberty in our society have created a new class of “non-person” to treat as property.

  • Andrew

    How exactly does abortion differ from slavery? In both cases one person claims to have the right to treat another person as property. in abortion the property owner can kill its property. in slavery, at least they weren’t allowed to be killed (I think).

    i know i have responsibility to instruct and direct and discipline my kids, but i’m amazed that people who claim to be the guardians of liberty in our society have created a new class of “non-person” to treat as property.

  • Andrew

    Jon @6 &7:
    it just speaks to the moral spinelessness of Obama in not enunciating the faith he claims to hold. that hte courts and constitution have spoken on the issue does not excuse the christian from speaking out against the murder of the unborn.

    I was surprised that having pride of place in our local christian bookstore (in australia) when i visited yesterday was a book on obama’s christian faith. if you based your assessment on what he did and how he acted rather than what he claimed to believe could you really come to the conclusion that he was christian?

  • Andrew

    Jon @6 &7:
    it just speaks to the moral spinelessness of Obama in not enunciating the faith he claims to hold. that hte courts and constitution have spoken on the issue does not excuse the christian from speaking out against the murder of the unborn.

    I was surprised that having pride of place in our local christian bookstore (in australia) when i visited yesterday was a book on obama’s christian faith. if you based your assessment on what he did and how he acted rather than what he claimed to believe could you really come to the conclusion that he was christian?

  • Jon

    @Andrew,

    He may be a secular religionist christian (small ‘c’), perhaps, but even that is doubtful, because of the golden rule that even the secular public religionist claim to uphold.

    I mean, how does one of that ilk even square the “do unto others as you’d have them do to you”? Obama was fetus once, too.

  • Jon

    @Andrew,

    He may be a secular religionist christian (small ‘c’), perhaps, but even that is doubtful, because of the golden rule that even the secular public religionist claim to uphold.

    I mean, how does one of that ilk even square the “do unto others as you’d have them do to you”? Obama was fetus once, too.

  • Andrew

    @Jon: I’d be curious to get inside his head (or the heads of any leader) to really know what they are thinking and believe rather than the facade they put up to the public.

    In the words of the guys at the white horse inn, he’d probably fit in as a moral therapeutic deist. believe in any deity of your choice as long as it leads you to live a moral life and feel good about yourself.

  • Andrew

    @Jon: I’d be curious to get inside his head (or the heads of any leader) to really know what they are thinking and believe rather than the facade they put up to the public.

    In the words of the guys at the white horse inn, he’d probably fit in as a moral therapeutic deist. believe in any deity of your choice as long as it leads you to live a moral life and feel good about yourself.

  • Michael B.

    @Econ Jeff

    I’m pro-choice, but that’s actually a pretty interesting argument. It’s far better than anything in the original list of questions. I think it could be rephrased — such as, if a woman has absolute choice whether or not to have a baby, how can we say that a man has anywhere close to equal responsibility for raising that child?

    There was one other pro-lifer on here who made a really good argument. His argument was that we have conscription and the Selective Service Act — and that is forcing a man to do something with his body that he doesn’t want — so why is it wrong to do the same to women? I have to concede that argument does kind of destroy the notion that we own our own bodies, and the government doesn’t have the right to control them in various circumstances.

  • Michael B.

    @Econ Jeff

    I’m pro-choice, but that’s actually a pretty interesting argument. It’s far better than anything in the original list of questions. I think it could be rephrased — such as, if a woman has absolute choice whether or not to have a baby, how can we say that a man has anywhere close to equal responsibility for raising that child?

    There was one other pro-lifer on here who made a really good argument. His argument was that we have conscription and the Selective Service Act — and that is forcing a man to do something with his body that he doesn’t want — so why is it wrong to do the same to women? I have to concede that argument does kind of destroy the notion that we own our own bodies, and the government doesn’t have the right to control them in various circumstances.

  • WebMonk

    Michael B, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the argument seriously put forward that the government doesn’t have the right to control our bodies in various circumstances.

    The government allow me to carry around heroin, just as one example.

    Specifically related to pregnancy, are fetal abuse laws – laws against pregnant women drinking or taking drugs to the point of harming the fetus. Crack babies, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc. (though, of course, these laws are controversial, but certainly not unconstitutional)

    Of course the government controls our bodies in certain circumstances, whether we are male or female, pregnant or not. The question is in which circumstances the government may control our bodies.

  • WebMonk

    Michael B, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the argument seriously put forward that the government doesn’t have the right to control our bodies in various circumstances.

    The government allow me to carry around heroin, just as one example.

    Specifically related to pregnancy, are fetal abuse laws – laws against pregnant women drinking or taking drugs to the point of harming the fetus. Crack babies, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc. (though, of course, these laws are controversial, but certainly not unconstitutional)

    Of course the government controls our bodies in certain circumstances, whether we are male or female, pregnant or not. The question is in which circumstances the government may control our bodies.

  • WebMonk

    Wow. I totally messed that up. The government DOESN’T allow me to carry around heroin. :-P

  • WebMonk

    Wow. I totally messed that up. The government DOESN’T allow me to carry around heroin. :-P

  • P.C.

    I sent these ten questions to my pro-abortion acquaintances. I doubt any of these people will have an answer for one of them, much less all.

  • P.C.

    I sent these ten questions to my pro-abortion acquaintances. I doubt any of these people will have an answer for one of them, much less all.

  • Jon

    Michael B @12

    Ever heard of a “conscientious objector” status? The “Selective Service” system is not absolute conscription. Those who qualify as legitimate conscientious objectors are not conscripted and forced into the military service. That prolife analogy breaks down, in case you want to use that to support your pro-abortion position.

  • Jon

    Michael B @12

    Ever heard of a “conscientious objector” status? The “Selective Service” system is not absolute conscription. Those who qualify as legitimate conscientious objectors are not conscripted and forced into the military service. That prolife analogy breaks down, in case you want to use that to support your pro-abortion position.

  • Mary Jack

    I posted that list on my fb and actually had a fairly productive conversation with one of my pro-choice friends. As liberal as he is (and he IS), he was for a highly regulated system & scientific pursuit into ongoing consequences of abortions on women. I hope questions like these can help pro-lifers help pro-choicers think things through and incrementally minimize some of the damage.

  • Mary Jack

    I posted that list on my fb and actually had a fairly productive conversation with one of my pro-choice friends. As liberal as he is (and he IS), he was for a highly regulated system & scientific pursuit into ongoing consequences of abortions on women. I hope questions like these can help pro-lifers help pro-choicers think things through and incrementally minimize some of the damage.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Andrew (@9) mentioned:

    the moral spinelessness of Obama in not enunciating the faith he claims to hold. … if you based your assessment on what he did and how he acted rather than what he claimed to believe could you really come to the conclusion that he was christian?

    And Jon said (@10):

    He may be a secular religionist christian (small ‘c’), perhaps, but even that is doubtful…

    Wow, gents. That’s some mighty Christian behavior you’ve got there! Exactly in keeping with Matthew 13:24-30, isn’t it? I mean, it’s not like, if someone were to judge you on the basis of your comments here, and how well they comport with what Jesus clearly told us, that either of you would be found lacking. Certainly no one would find reason to use your own measuring cup against you and publicly question your faith.

    Well done, good and faithful servants.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Andrew (@9) mentioned:

    the moral spinelessness of Obama in not enunciating the faith he claims to hold. … if you based your assessment on what he did and how he acted rather than what he claimed to believe could you really come to the conclusion that he was christian?

    And Jon said (@10):

    He may be a secular religionist christian (small ‘c’), perhaps, but even that is doubtful…

    Wow, gents. That’s some mighty Christian behavior you’ve got there! Exactly in keeping with Matthew 13:24-30, isn’t it? I mean, it’s not like, if someone were to judge you on the basis of your comments here, and how well they comport with what Jesus clearly told us, that either of you would be found lacking. Certainly no one would find reason to use your own measuring cup against you and publicly question your faith.

    Well done, good and faithful servants.

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