Safe, Legal, and Rare — Answering Abortion Arguments

I’m a man so my comments may already be invalid, but I’m also the son of an 18-year-old young woman, conceived out of wedlock by a Vietnam War veteran who took advantage of her naïveté. My birth father would later take his life in a likely drunken state leaving my 20-year-old mother impoverished and alone. I’m alive because my mom gave me life despite the realities of the circumstances.

18 states mandate that women be given counseling before an abortion that includes information on at least one of the following: the purported link between abortion and breast cancer (5 states), the ability of a fetus to feel pain (13 states) or long-term mental health consequences for the woman (8 states) (source: Guttmacher Institute).

I’m old enough to remember when the science was less than clear about what actually was inside a woman’s womb. Back then the leading arguments contained statements questioning the substance, “What is it that’s in there?” or “A fetus is a blob of tissue” or “An embryo is just a bunch of cells not a baby.”

Modern science has clearly revealed the answer we already knew — what is in there is a little human not yet born. As a result, abortion proponents needed to find new arguments.

The pro-abortion arguments dismiss the truth of humanity and focus on the perceived or real status of the mother. While admitting the fetus or embryo is something, proponents argue the greater worth is with the living over the unborn. The argument is not science, philosophy, or even religion. The argument is value.

Bogus math determines if life should continue in the womb and outside the womb.

37 states require some type of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. 26 states require one or both parents to consent to the procedure, while 11 require that one or both parents be notified (Source: Guttmacher Institute).

The Guttmacher Institute exists to promote abortion rights worldwide. Among the thousands of data points available in their research, they report abortions performed due to rape or incest amount to fourteen thousand abortions per year or just over 1 percent of all abortions.

Many pro-life proponents argue for adoption in cases of rape or incest if the mother thinks raising the child is not possible. Pro-abortion advocates counter that a woman who has been attacked sexually should not have to endure “nine months of hell” to give another human 80 years of life.

Reacting to unplanned pregnancies, some pro-abortion activists declare there are already too many humans on this planet, so abortion serves the greater good of the existing population.

To the abortion backer the life after birth matters except when the life after birth makes life for the rest of us something we neither wanted nor planned. Then the life after birth does not matter, and we must insure those with the power to terminate the little human maintain the power because life after birth doesn’t really matter for the unborn.

They argue hypotheticals when they offer “we can’t predict the future of that little human. The little human might end up in foster care, and we cannot allow that to happen. The cost in dollars to society to house, feed, and educate a child in foster care can be exorbitant.” Again with the math.

Better to kill what we know than to allow life for what we don’t know.


These are many of the current arguments of those demanding abortion. There are no science arguments remaining.

You’ve heard the catch phrase abortion proponents chant. They say abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare.” This appealing phrase is a ruse.

No abortion is safe. A human being dies in every abortion. This is no longer debatable.

Suggesting legality is a subtle way to sidestep morality. Legal does not equal moral, but legal removes what is moral from the discussion. The only way an abortion proponent can morally justify the killing of an unborn human is to claim legality or a “you do you” and “let others do them” mentality.

Who gets to define rare? The last report from the CDC (2015) confirms 638,169 abortions in the US. Who here thinks 638,169 sounds like a “rare” number?

Finally, all data confirms the rape, incest, life of the mother argument amounts to low, single percentage points of abortions. Yet, abortion proponents will not move one inch on the remaining greater than 90% of abortions. In fact, they cheer or defend actions like the one taken by the politicians in the state of New York that bolster the right to kill an unborn human at any point determined by mother.

They demand the right to kill little humans because they make value judgements that conclude life is better for the already born when we kill the yet to be born.


If the history of abolition is a teacher, the battle for the human rights of the unborn must continue until abortion is abhorred by the masses. History shows the steady movement away from human slave trade from the mid-14th century to the mid-1800s. It took time for the world to see the horror of its ways in the enslavement of other human beings. It may take the world a long time to see the horrors of infanticide, but for those of us who see every child as a gift from God, we must continue to defend and protect the yet to be born little humans.

I suspect my children and yet to be born grandchildren will live in a country where this killing of unborn humans is no longer acceptable. They will be the #prolifegeneration


For further reading from a Christian worldview on pregnancies due to rape or incest click here.