The pro-choice vs. pro-life debate has been going on for decades and will likely continue to live on indefinitely. There are many aspects of this discussion that cannot be ignored if the conversation is balanced. This article discusses some of those aspects, highlighting the differences and common knowledge about the subject.
A Balanced look at pro life and pro choice
To be balanced, we must consider all views and opinions to conclude which sentiment is more beneficial overall. Not doing so would result in an unbalanced, biased outcome; thus, it is important to examine every aspect thoroughly before arriving at any stance on this controversial topic.
For example, many people assume that only women choose abortion as a means of contraception (thus making them responsible when their actions lead to unwanted pregnancy). Still, recent studies have shown that men are often involved with the decision too! Pro-choice advocates may argue that men should not be involved in this decision, but pro-life advocates would argue that they too must play a role of responsibility.
You may have noticed pro-life and pro-choice debates happening more frequently in the media. There are many different opinions about abortion, but regardless of whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, it’s important to know what to say when someone is challenging your opinion on this topic.
What Pro Choice means
1. Pro choice is a term used to describe the stance that women should be able to make their own decisions about abortion
2. The pro choice movement began in the 1800s with feminists fighting for women’s rights and access to contraception
3. The pro choice movement has been controversial because it involves terminating pregnancies, which some people see as unjustified killing
4. Many countries have laws restricting abortions, and many religious groups oppose them
5. In many cases, pro-life advocates believe that life begins at conception and, therefore, any form of termination is wrong
6. There are two main types of abortion – medical or surgical – depending on how far along the pregnancy is
7) Medical abortions involve taking drugs such as mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing or reduces cramping
8. Surgical abortions are usually performed in a hospital or clinic with the cervix being dilated so that instruments can be inserted
9) Abortion is legal under certain conditions in many countries, although some only allow it when continuing the pregnancy would seriously harm the mother’s health
10. Other countries allow abortion after the first trimester with no restrictions
11. Abortion became legal in Britain in 1968 under certain conditions but was not fully legalized until 1990
12. In 2014, there were 189,000 abortions carried out in England and Wales
13) There are many different views about why people have abortions – some women say they experience pressure from friends, family, or partners to terminate their pregnancies because of their age or circumstances
14) Others argue that it is a woman’s right to choose whether they carry an unwanted pregnancy to term and become a parent or not
15) Although hundreds of thousands of women have abortions every year, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues worldwide.
What Pro Life means
1. Pro-life is a term used to describe those who believe in the preservation of all human life, from conception until natural death
2. Pro-life advocates work to protect and promote the rights and dignity of every person, including unborn children
3. The pro-life movement also works for laws that will stop abortions by protecting women’s health and safety
4. The pro-life philosophy embraces diverse views about abortion, such as opposition or support based on personal moral or religious beliefs
5. Supporters of the pro-life movement are called “pro-lifers” or “antiabortionists.”
6. Pro-life people oppose abortion because they believe it is taking away an innocent human being’s right to live out their natural life
7. Pro-lifers believe that all human beings are entitled to live in this world with dignity and respect regardless of whether they have a mental or physical disability, race, sexual orientation, etc. 8. Pro-life people also feel that women deserve better than abortion
9. Some pro-life advocates will not vote for any candidate who supports abortion rights or legalization
10. The majority of American’s oppose abortions after the first three months (or 22 weeks) of pregnancy
11. More than half do not support abortions by week 6 (12 weeks)
12. By week 11 (24 weeks), only 7 out of every 100 polled were still supporting unrestricted abortions
13. Less than 1% supported “abortion until birth.”
14. The majority of American’s are pro-life by week 23 (26 weeks)
15. By week 28 (28 weeks), only 1% polled still supported unrestricted abortions
16. Around half indicated they did not support any abortions
17. Pro-life people want to decrease the number of abortions in America
Now that you better understand the key terms used in this debate, it is time to learn what each group bases its argument on. For an individual to be pro-life, they must support anti-abortion legislation and base their opinion around biblical scripture, which states life begins at conception.
Pro choice people argue from more medical standpoints as being pregnant means there is a chance of pregnancy complications or even death if a woman continues with her pregnancy. This results in them believing every woman should have the right over her own body and thus can make decisions on whether she wants to keep the baby or not. Understandably both these groups will disagree, but hopefully, having read through some useful examples will help guide your next response when somebody brings up this topic.
Pro-Lifers are typically more rigid and non-compromising. In other words, they come off like traditionalists. On the other hand, pro-choice could be considered too liberal. Hopefully, one of the next generations can break that mold and create some solid middle ground. Until that time, yall know what’s going to happen.
The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate will keep raging for many more decades. The truth of the matter is, there are both strong arguments to be made on either side. Supporters of each camp typically cite their own moral beliefs as justification for why they believe in what they do; however, morality can change depending on your perspective and upbringing.
For this reason, it’s important not only to have a stance but also to understand how others may view you or your position, so you don’t alienate potential allies. To ensure that we avoid conflict with those who disagree with us about abortion rights, let’s try these tips:
1) use language carefully
2) listen nonjudgmentally
3) identify common ground
4) find common causes and
5) practice patience.