Challenge: All Human Life Is Not Equal

This week’s challenge comes from a 2013 Salon article titled “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” I’m starting to hear this sentiment expressed more often:

I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice….

Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal…. [A] fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always. …

[Abortion] saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.

The truth that the unborn are living human beings is slowly making its way through our culture. As it does, those who wish to continue to support abortion will have to argue something like what you see above, so we need to be ready to answer this challenge.

Tell us how you would respond to a friend who said this, and Alan will post his response on Thursday.

[Update: View Alan's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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Amy K. Hall