Anti-Abortion Argument #3: Abortion Is Cruel

This post is part of a series of posts addressing arguments made against abortion. The format here is simple: I list a common argument against abortion and then open the floor for my readers to discuss. Without further ado, here’s today’s argument:

Abortion is cruel

Have you ever seen the video “Silent Scream”? It’s a video of an abortion, and in it you can see the unborn baby trying to move away from the probe, and then screaming as it is murdered. Abortions are incredibly cruel. Some types of abortion involve tearing the still-living unborn baby limb from limb and others involve injecting a saline solution into the womb, essentially burning it alive. Still others involve scrambling a live unborn baby’s brains. Abortions are utterly cruel and inhumane and amount to torture.

Please be civil and direct. Remember that I would like the comments section of this post to serve as a resource in the future. You are encouraged to link to articles elsewhere that help address this argument, or to studies or documentation. And don’t be afraid to respond to each other, to play the devil’s advocate, or to simply ask questions.

After a week I will close the comments sections on this post, and will choose the comments I consider clearest and most interesting and add them to the end of the OP (with full credit, of course).

So. Discuss!

Anti-Abortion Argument #5: No Abortion after Fetal Viability
Anti-Abortion Argument #2: Abortion is murder
Completed List of Anti-Abortion Arguments
Anti-Abortion Argument #4: Shouldn't We Err on the Safe Side?
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.


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