"It would be unfair to restrict a woman's choice by prohibiting abortion."

January 31, 2013 - 6:53pm
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Every person has the right to choose. It would be unfair to restrict a woman's choice by prohibiting abortion.

Any civilized society restricts the individual’s freedom to choose whenever that choice would harm an innocent person.

When I present the prolife position on school campuses, I often begin by saying:

I’ve been introduced as being pro-life, but I want to make clear that I’m really pro-choice. I believe that a person has the right to do whatever she wants with her own body. It’s none of our business what choice she makes, and we have no right to impose our morals on others. Whether I like someone’s choices or not is irrelevant. She should have the freedom to make her own choices.

I’m normally greeted by surprised looks and audible affirmation, including smiles, nods, and even applause. I have to use the sacred buzzwords of the prochoice movement – rights, freedom, and choice. I have sounded tolerant, open-minded, and fair. Then I say this:

Yes, I’m prochoice. That’s why I believe every man has the right to rape a woman if that is his choice. After all, it’s his body, and neither you nor I have the right to tell him what to do with it. He’s free to choose, and it’s none of our business what choice he makes. We have no right to impose our morals on him. Whether I like the choice or not, he should have the freedom to make his own choices.

After I let the shock settle in a bit, I explain that I am not really pro-choice when it comes to rape. I ask them to point out the fallacy of the “it’s his body and he can choose what he wants” argument. They realize that in emphasizing the man’s right to choose I have completely ignored the rights of the innocent woman. My hope is that they also realize it is not always a virtue to be pro-choice.

Laws against false advertising restrict a businessman’s right to free speech. Laws against discrimination infringe on the freedom of choice of those who would treat minorities unfairly. When others’ rights are at stake—and particularly when their very lives are at stake—any decent society must restrict the individual’s freedom of choice. Is an innocent person being damaged by a woman’s choice to have an abortion? If not, no problem. If so, it is a major problem that society cannot afford to ignore.

Everyone is pro-choice when it comes to the choices prior to pregnancy and after birth.

Men and women are free to choose to abstain from sex or to use birth control or natural family planning or to do none of the above. But when a woman is pregnant, the choice she (and the man) has made has produced a new human being. As one woman points out, “After a woman is pregnant, she cannot choose whether or not she wishes to become a mother. She already is, and since the child is already present in her womb, all that is left to her to decide is whether she will deliver her baby dead or alive.” Once the baby is born, the woman is again free to choose—she can keep the child or give him up for adoption. The choice prolifers oppose is the choice that takes an innocent life.

"Prolife answers to prochoice arguements" Randy Alcorn p. 82-85