Do Abortion Restrictions Force Women to Become Parents?

This month, Greg’s Solid Ground is a collection of brief thoughts on various subjects. Here’s one on whether or not pregnant women ought to be “‘forced’ to be parents”:

A new challenge to the pro-life view is the claim that restrictions on abortion actually force women to become parents against their will. This, of course, sounds like an unconscionable intrusion of government into our private lives.

I agree, no one should be forced to become a parent against her will, but this is not the situation we face with abortion. If the unborn is a human being, then pregnant women already are parents. It’s morally self-evident that no parent should escape her responsibilities by killing her unwanted children. The only legitimate way to escape from already being a parent is through adoption.

Clearly, the issue isn’t unwanted parenthood. If the unborn is a human being, the woman already is the child’s mother. She should not be permitted to take his life just because she doesn’t want to continue being a parent.

Other subjects in this Solid Ground include assisted suicide, prayer, free will, the problem of evil, and more. Read the rest here.

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Amy K. Hall

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