In Defense Of Abortion: On Its Own Merits

Some pretty crazy statements are being made in their desperate attempt to keep abortion on demand legal at any time, for any reason. Some are flat-out ridiculous, some are insulting, and others chilling. These are ten of the dumbest things said in defense of abortion.

In Defense of Abortion: Issues of Pragmatism Regarding the Institutionalization of Killing

However, there is a consequence to framing your defense of abortion in terms of conceding (even if only for discussion's sake) that the preborn are persons. Within that framework, any moral condemnation due to those who abandon their children after birth is also entailed for those who abandon their children before birth.

Atwood did something very similar in defense of abortion

The ten dumbest things said in defense of abortion | Live Action News Some pretty crazy statements are being made in their desperate attempt to keep abortion on demand legal at any time, for any reason. Some are flat-out ridiculous, some are insulting, and others chilling. These are ten of the dumbest things said in defense of abortion.

These are ten of the dumbest things said in defense of abortion

However, I’m embarrassed to say that until recently I never got the force of another important argument in defense of abortion, which was put so eloquently by philosopher with her “famous violinist” thought experiment. Here’s the thought experiment:

"In Defense of Abortion and Infanticide"


Kischer discovered that Clifford Grobstein (a developmental biologist who was probably the inventor of the term 'pre-embryo') was, at that time, a member of the editorial board of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. The second manuscript Landau referred to, that eventually was published in his Journal, did indeed concern abortion and the abortion controversy and was a very pro-abortion article. The author of the article, Robert T. Muller, a psychologist, justified abortion on the basis that our society executes convicted criminals and therefore the paradigm for killing was already embedded in our society (1991. In Defense of Abortion: Issues of Pragmatism Regarding the Institutionalization of Killing. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 34:315-325).Undoubtedly, recapturing momentum not only in defense of abortion rights but in support of a proactive abortion rights agenda will be slow and challenging. What has only just begun represents a good start, however, and it is a good time to start. That is because as the politics rage on, women will continue to need quality and compassionate abortion care.