I had a heated debate with somebody on abortion today and I’m still reeling from it. His arguments were so poor, but I’m really not a good debater and I don’t think I did a good job. It made me realize I really need to brush up on my pro-life arguments. Here’s what he argued, what should I have said?
- He refused to believed that abortion had killed more than any other single genocide and when I finally found a source that wasn’t too “biased” for him, he said that since it was over a period of 38 years that it wasn’t as bad as other genocides like Rwanda that killed people at a much faster rate.
- He said that abortion could not be considered genocide because it was not targeted at eliminated a specific group of people.
- He said “You do realize that if abortion becomes illegal, women will still get abortions.” I argued that if theft is kept illegal, people will still steal. He said that making abortion illegal would be harmful to women, while the illegality of theft is not as harmful to thieves.
- He said that pro-lifers are not actually pro-life because we only care about babies getting born, not getting fed, sheltered, etc. He found out that I am not an organ donor, and he really began arguing that that shows that I don’t care anything about life.
- He said that we are only pro-life because we are religious and we wouldn’t believe that life begins at conception.
- He argued that life does not begin until the baby is born, and thus independent of the mother. How do I make a definitive case that life really begins at conception?