Abortion and Bodily Control: Pro-Life People Are Not Interested in Controlling Female Bodies

Why do the vast majority of pro-lifers so adamantly oppose abortion?

Certainly, there are men in this world who desire to oppress and control women. History is littered with such wicked men. Yet, just because some have had such motives does not mean all have those motives. It is more honest to say that even though there are some in history who have wickedly sought to oppress women and control their bodies, not everyone who is pro-life and thus opposed to abortion speak, write, and act from such motives.

 

If you say something often enough, perhaps someone will believe it.

At least, that’s how the saying goes. This is the tactic that many on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate have seemingly embraced. Keep repeating the narrative that those who oppose abortion are merely concerned with exercising control over female bodies, and the repetition will lend credence to your case. So, when the issue comes up, over and over again pro-choice advocates assert that those within the pro-life cause are simply concerned with control.

This is simply not the case. Certainly, there are men in this world who desire to oppress and control women. History is littered with such wicked men. Yet, just because some have had such motives does not mean all have those motives. It is more honest to say that even though there are some in history who have wickedly sought to oppress women and control their bodies, not everyone who is pro-life and thus opposed to abortion speak, write, and act from such motives. If we are going to make any headway in understanding each other and moving the needle forward in dialogue with those who think differently, we need to respond to the actual positions and arguments of the other side.

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