In the argument over whether abortion is right or wrong, and/or whether it should be legal or illegal, the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” usually come up. The argument goes something like this: The “pro-choice” group argues, “A woman should have the right to choose what to do with her own body.” To which the “pro-life” group answers, “Yes, a woman should have right to choose what to do with her own body, but, she does not have the right to choose what to do to her baby’s body.”
For the moment, let us consider the topic from another standpoint. Which position is the most selfless/selfish?
Those who are “pro-life” do not have anything personally to gain from their pro-live position. They are thinking solely about the well-being of the baby. They consider it a human being that is protected under the Biblical commandments against murder, and taking innocent life. They are considering the rights of one who is not able to stand up for its rights. The consider themselves the advocate for the innocent child. They also consider the potential that each baby has to have a good life, and grow up to make a positive impact on society. So, when they argue for the abolishing abortion, they are not arguing for anything that will have an impact on them. They are arguing for the good of others – the babies, and in reality the mother’s. They realize the emotional and physical impact that abolition has on the mother.
On the other hand, those in the “pro-choice” camp have a great deal to gain personally. In the overwhelming majority of cases, abortions are done for the personal convenience of the mother. In some case it is simply that – the mother just does not want the inconvenience of having a baby. In some cases, the mother does not want, or feels she cannot afford, the expense of raising a child. In some cases the mother just does not want a child until later. In some cases the mother does not like children. In some cases, the mother is forced to abort the baby by a parent or husband/boyfriend who does not want her to have the baby, for a variety of reasons. Only in the case of pregnancy resulting from rape do some seem to have abortions for the good of the baby.
So, who is the most selfless – the “pro-life” group, or the “pro-choice” group? Consider the “pro-choice” groups reasons for their position. It is all about “I/me.” “I do not want this baby.” “It is not convenient for me to have this baby.” “i cannot afford to raise a child.” “I am not ready to have a baby right now.” “My parents do not want me to have this baby.” “We do not want our daughter to have this baby.” “My husband/boyfriend does not want me to have this baby.” “I do not want my wife/girlfriend to have this baby.”
Now consider the “pro-life” group. “It is not just a fetus or a clump of cells, it is a baby, a human being, innocent life.” “He/she cannot defend his/her own right to live.” “He/she has potential to have a good life and make a positive impact on society.” “The Bible commands against ‘shedding of innocent blood,’ and the blood flowing in this baby’s veins is the most innocent blood there is.” “The Bible commands, ‘Thou shalt not kill.'” “Abortion causes physical and emotional problems for the mother.”
Now, which position is the most selfless?
L. John Bost