Why Should Abortion Be Legal?
by Bill Pratt
According to Dr. Wendy Savage of Doctors For A Woman’s Choice On Abortion, on a recent edition of Unbelievable?, the reason that abortion should be legal is:
- Women, throughout recorded history, have always wanted to be able to have abortions.
- Women will procure abortions whether they are legal or not.
- Illegal abortions tend to be unsafe and sometimes cause the death of the woman.
- Therefore, in order to save women’s lives, we must legalize abortions to make them safe.
Madeleine Flannagan, her opponent on the show, asked her the rather obvious question: “How does the taking of the innocent lives of millions of babies justify the prevention of the deaths of thousands of women?”
Savage’s response: “They are not babies. Before birth, they are fetuses, which are only potential human beings, not actual human beings.”
Flannagan: “What is your argument to show that they are only potential human beings instead of actual human beings before birth?”
Savage: “The fetus relies on the mother to survive.”
Flannagan: “So does a newborn baby.”
Savage: “Nobody really knows when the fetus becomes a real human being, so we just have to trust mothers’ choices and feelings in the matter…
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