Abortion Advocates Should Claim the Moral High Ground January 17, 2013

Abortion Advocates Should Claim the Moral High Ground

Maybe we’ve been using the wrong angle when it comes to protecting a woman’s right to choose. Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Valerie Tarico has written an interesting piece in which she asks whether abortion can be framed as a blessing.

Tarico claims that pro-choicers have lost the moral high ground in the ongoing debate and that has led to a backlash in women’s rights.

While there are moments Tarico derails from her argument (“In the age of Facebook and Twitter, is there a female under twenty-five in who gives a rat’s patooey about privacy, let alone thinks of it as a core value?” Really?!), she raises some good points about how we can change conversations over this sensitive subject to include the moral issue — something upon which pro-lifers entirely base their arguments.

For example:

They say: Abortion is murder. Abortion kills little babies.

We can say: A person can think and feel. My cat can feel hungry or hurt or curious or content; an embryo cannot. / Thanks to better and better pregnancy tests, over 60 percent of abortions now occur before 9 weeks of gestation. Want to see what they actually look like?”

Even though talking with pro-life advocates can be mentally and emotionally draining, maybe the strategy that Tarico offers can help change a few minds and soften a few hearts to a plight many women have to deal with.

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