Abortion, adoption, and keeping are all valid choices. Adoption is an alternative to parenthood. Abortion is an alternative to pregnancy. Whatever choice is selected, it should be 100% chosen willingly by the person making the choice. No one else.

Long-Debunked Anti-Choice Arguments: A Comprehensive List

propaganda-for-life:

This is a growing list. If you ever want me to add an argument here, just say so! Here is a shorter version of it by solo1y.

Last edit: 9/29/2011

  1. Fetal Pain:
    Fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, at which point elective abortion is usually illegal and almost never happens in the first place.

    There are some studies that may suggest that fetal pain exists. These are bad studies. This one, for example, is by one KJS Anand, who I can find practically no qualifications for. His medical qualification is only an MBBS, a Bachelor’s Degree in medicine. His Oxford degree is in philosophy. And it mentions here that he lived on the Harvard campus, but never got a degree of any kind there. He also has a PhD in pediatrics, but that’s children’s medicine; children usually don’t have to worry about abortion. He has an impressive resume, sure, but he’s certainly not qualified to write such a gigantic study on fetal pain. Besides, the study showing that fetuses don’t feel pain before 24 weeks is newer.
  2. Abortion is Unsafe:
    It’s actually one of the safest procedures in existence, and it’s actually safer than pregnancy, carrying to term, and delivery.
  3. Planned Parenthood is Primarily an Abortion Provider:
    I can’t believe we still have to go over this, but abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood provides. “90%” was a total lie spread by US Senator Jon Kyl, who later confessed that it was “not intended to be a factual statement.” Moreover, they provide so much contraception (well over 30% of their services) that they actually prevent more abortions than they perform to the tune of 800,000 fewer abortions per year.
  4. Our taxes (US) are spent on abortions: 
    For the moment, we have the Hyde Amendment preventing exactly that, though it really should be repealed as it is a discriminatory law. Besides, so what if you disagree with abortion as a taxpayer? My taxes have paid for multiple wars I never wanted to happen since I was born; now it’s your turn. That, and I pay my taxes without much for moral complaints now because I’m an adult who likes fire departments and traffic lights.
  5. Only women get pregnant: 
    False. Meet trans-men. Anti-choice legislation affects anyone with a uterus, which is not restricted only to cisgendered women.
  6. Abortion kills babies: 
    No, it kills a fetus and a potential person (more in the next point). When you might actually call it a “baby,” elective abortion is usually illegal. (Specifically, that’s past twenty-one weeks in most countries.) When abortions do happen at this stage (only 1.5% of abortions do), virtually all of them happen because the life of the mother is in danger, and no mother going through this actually wants it to happen.
  7. A fetus is a person: 
    No, it is a potential person. This post explains it better than I can: "Webster’s Dictionary lists a person as ‘being an individual or existing as an indivisible whole; existing as a distinct entity.’ Anti-abortionists claim that each new fertilized zygote is already a new person because its DNA is uniquely different than anyone else’s. In other words, if you’re human, you must be a person.

    […]

    The defining mark between something that is human and someone who is a person is ‘consciousness.’ It is the self-aware quality of consciousness that makes us uniquely different from others. This self-awareness, this sentient consciousness is also what separates us from every other animal life form on the planet. We think about ourselves. We use language to describe ourselves. We are aware of ourselves as a part of the greater whole.


    The problem is that consciousness normally doesn’t occur until months, even years, after a baby is born. This creates a moral dilemma for the defender of abortion rights. Indeed, they inherently know what makes a human into a person, but they are also aware such individual personhood doesn’t occur until well after birth. To use personhood as an argument for abortion rights, therefore, also leads to the argument that it should be okay to kill a 3-month-old baby since it hasn’t obtained consciousness either.” 
  8.  Most women regret abortion: 
    False. “The most common feeling experienced after an abortion is that of relief and confidence in the decision. Few women may experience feelings of grief and guilt, and these feelings usually pass within days to weeks in most cases and do not lead to mental health problems.” (Source) Also, 80% of women who terminate do not regret their decision. (Source)
  9. On a similar note, “Post-Abortion Syndrome”: 
    Neither the American Psychological Association nor the American Psychiatric Association recognize this as a real phenomenon, and in fact reject its existence. As stated above, most women do not regret abortion, and in fact are usually satisfied with their decision. PAS is a fictitious concept invented to scare women. That’s all it is.
  10. "Pro-choicers are murderers/baby-killers/oppressors/anti-life/pro-abortion/the most evil people on Earth!":
    I think you need to look into the definition of libel, my friends.
  11. "Emergency contraception (Morning After Pills) is the same as abortion!" 
    Nope, it keeps you from becoming pregnant in the first place by pausing ovulation to inhibit fertilization. This is basic science. Did we all graduate high school here? Contraception prevents abortion; wouldn’t contraception and “pro-lifers” make natural allies?
  12. Emergency contraception is unhealthy! 
    Wrong again. This is slightly harder science right now, I know, but here you can read an accurate list of all of the observed side effects of EC/MAPs, none of which are lethal or long-term.
  13. Birth control is the same as abortion! 
    Wrong again. Similar to EC, they keep you from getting pregnant. Here, however, they perpetually keep the ovum from beginning its ovulatory cycle and are generally taken every day or on some regular basis.
  14. The only purpose of sex is procreation: 
    In most animals, this is true. But not for humans. Our psychology is more advanced than that, and sex can do far more for us than just procreation. It’s a method of bonding in humans, too. 

    The extension of this argument is inevitably that if someone doesn’t want children, they shouldn’t have sex. Besides being a homophobic argument, let’s for example take heterosexual, bisexual, or pansexual people (all attracted in some way to the opposite sex) who never want children. Do you really expect all of these people to never have sex? To die virgins? This is a completely fallacious and erroneous expectation.
  15. Adoption! 
    I could make a litany of all the problems with the adoption system. It’s admirable at heart, but the system has serious racism and ageism problems. Not to mention ableism problems. That too.

    Moreover, adoption isn’t an alternative to pregnancy. It’s an alternative to parenthood. Abortion ends the gestation process. When a person (trans-man or cisgendered woman) becomes pregnant, they are more likely to be murdered, and murder accounts for 20% of deaths of all pregnant people.

    Furthermore, I’ve brought this up before, but let’s say that, like me personally (sanityscraps.tumblr), your mother drilled into you that if you ever got pregnant as a teen, she would throw you out of the house to fend for yourself. I’m not the only one who had this threat. Thankfully for me, that never happened, but not all people are so lucky. Would you really, then, tell a fourteen year old child, a fourteen year old me, even, that life on the streets with no resources was better than simply terminating the pregnancy?

    Oh, and putting your child up for adoption is more emotionally traumatic than having an abortion.

    So it really is not that simple. Stop pretending you understand the lives of everyone, because you absolutely do not. Sometimes the pregnancy is the problem too, not just the developing child itself.
  16. "I’m pro-life because God is." 
    Let’s keep religion out of this. This is a debate about a medical procedure, not what some invisible man thinks. But there are some very convincing arguments showing that Yahweh is not pro-life, using quotes from the Bible. He advocates rape, child abuse, and murder, and is in fact impressed by it.
  17. "Look at all these pictures of aborted fetuses! Abortion is disgusting!" 
    Almost all surgery is bloody. (Warning: these links are graphic.) Gallbladder surgery! Open heart surgery! Lung surgery! These aren’t very visually appealing either. And yet, they all save lives, as does abortion. Should all of these procedures be illegal just because they don’t look pretty?

    Besides, a lot of the “fetus” pictures you post aren’t even fetuses at all. Many of the photos anti-choicers use are of fully-grown, smiling infants. But even with the bloody pictures you claim as aborted fetuses, some are, but some are not. For instance, I doubt this is actually an aborted fetus (graphic). It looks more like an infant, perhaps premature, killed in a war zone. The anti-choice site it’s on claims it’s from an abortion at seven months—at which point elective abortion, again, simply does not happen. Only 1.5% of all abortions take place after four months at all, and at this point, it’s virtually always because the mother’s life is directly threatened. So even if that last image were an aborted fetus, it would not have been one done on the mother’s whim.
  18. Partial-Birth Abortion:
    Is a total myth. Yes, it exists, but it is NOT a birth, and this name is a misnomer. It only LOOKS like a birth. “It is an abortion that looks like a birth, not a birth interrupted by an abortion.” These are only performed past 20 weeks. Again, as I’ve cited multiple times above, only 1.5% of all abortions happen past 21 weeks, and when they do, they’re exclusively because the health of the mother is in danger from the pregnancy itself.
  19. Abortion clinic escorts are paid!: 
    I can’t actually verify this either way. The best primary source I can find indicate that some are paid, and some are not. It’s hard to say for everyone, but at the very least, most escorts are unpaid volunteers. However, many people from anti-choice CPCs are paid to harass women to go into their fake clinics, which emotionally terrorize the poor women who accidentally end up there.

    And last, but not least… 
  20. Abortion is immoral! 
    No it’s not.

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provoicesupportblog:

I am so sorry for your loss and hope your health is doing better and that your body was able to make a full recovery. I hope that you go on to have children however you feel is safest and best for you. - Kate
Exploiting late term abortions and painting them as something they aren’t is appalling to me. Pretending late term abortions are for leisure to help your cause is just sick. Educating yourself on LTAs can be sad and I won’t lie, I have cried many times over them, but its crucial if you are going to have a discussion on the issue to know something about it.

provoicesupportblog:

I am so sorry for your loss and hope your health is doing better and that your body was able to make a full recovery. I hope that you go on to have children however you feel is safest and best for you. - Kate

Exploiting late term abortions and painting them as something they aren’t is appalling to me. Pretending late term abortions are for leisure to help your cause is just sick. Educating yourself on LTAs can be sad and I won’t lie, I have cried many times over them, but its crucial if you are going to have a discussion on the issue to know something about it.

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sadboy-2001:

>babys
>baby’s 

stunning logic present here folks A+

Fetuses don’t even have to be present to get consideration over people!

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Let me tell you some things.

I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.

First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?

Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?

End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?

You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?

And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)

In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!

Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?

“Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.

In reply to a ‘pro-life’ blogger: STFU, Conservatives: When I say I’m pro-life… (via grrrltalk) emphasis mine. (via fuckyeahfeminists)

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Why does this blog keep being recommended to me?! Is it because of the content of my main blog? But the majority of it is fandoms and funny posts!

Why does this blog keep being recommended to me?! Is it because of the content of my main blog? But the majority of it is fandoms and funny posts!


righttochoose:

thank you to everyone who’s ever chosen abortion.

thank you to everyone who has made the choice to keep a pregnancy.

thank you to those who have opted for a permanent solution of tubal ligation or other methods of permanent sterilization.

thank you to those who have given birth and chosen to give the baby to another home.

thank you to those who have been conscientious with birth control - whether it was a success or a failure.

Thank you to everyone who has decided to take their reproductive future in their own hands.

Thank you to everyone who has had the bravery to make your own choices.

They can all be frightening choices to make, and being willing to know your own mind and follow your own heart is so important and inspiring.

People must know that the power to control our own lives is in our hands.

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If pro-choicers were completely confident that abortion is morally acceptable, they would not have so much hatred toward those who disagree, especially since abortion is legal and available in almost all circumstances.
by Anonymous

prolifefemale:

alwayspro-choice:

itwasasaturday:

toohottoforyoutohandlle:

prolifefemale:

I lost the friendship of my friends and my roommate when I became pro-life my freshman year of college. I don’t know why, but I reckon it’s because they didn’t respect me and my choice to be a pro-life woman.

Since then though, I’ve made some friends who know what my position is and respect it. Some don’t agree, and that’s ok. The point is that they don’t oust me and call me terrible names because of it, like some of what pro-choice tumblr does with all pro-life blogs.

And a lot of them push the lie that there are limits to abortion and when it can be done, and while that may be somewhat true now with the multiple 20-week bans and buffer-zone closings that are happening, fact still remains that in the United States,  a woman can have an abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and that is NOT ok.

I know that my baby’s body is not my body, and that is why I say with uptmost confidence that if I ever was raped (god forbid) and got pregnant from said rape, I would carry the baby to term and give him/her to a family that has never been able to have children. I would much rather give love and life to my child than to steal his/her life away from him through a death that I paid for him/her for.

My baby’s body is NOT MY BODY, so it’s NOT MY CHOICE to end his/her life.

Actually, no you cannot just have an abortion all throughout the pregnancy.

Late term abortions are only done if the fetus is already dead, if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, or if there are abnormalities in the fetus (brain half developed, ect). These are people who wanted children but then complications arise.

That’s why there is a 20-week ban.

Yeah. I don’t get the hate.
Like im super pro choice. Without a doubt. My sister is very pro life. We disagree on the subject but there is no hostility and im pretty sure I have this relationship (though unbeknownst to me) with friends and I wouldn’t call them names. As long as we can be respectful, there shouldn’t be a need to end a relationship.

I don’t hate those who disagree. My best friend is pro-life. She knows I am pro-choice. It doesn’t bother her nor does her being pro-life bother me. But you know what? She also doesn’t shame people who have abortions. She doesn’t call them “whores” or “murderers”. She certainly doesn’t stand in front of clinics and “protest” (AKA harass the clients). She knows I’d have an abortion. Her only concern when I mentioned that was if I’d be feeling well afterwards.

I treat with the same respect. I wouldn’t suggest abortion to her if she said she didn’t want a pregnancy because I know she’s pro-life. I’d help her with adoption, if I could in some way. I’d help her get whatever she needed.

And plenty of pro-life blog runners are rude to pro-choice blogs. That’s an issue within literally every movement and position here on Tumblr, unfortunately.

I did say some, not all. I’m glad you’re not that way, and I completely agree that it’s an issue on both sides. :)

That’s also why I said “plenty” instead of “all”. I know you didn’t mean all. But yeah, I’m really not fond of the idea pro-lifers and pro-choicers can’t be friends. Maybe it’s a little judgmental of me, but I have to wonder how often are two people debating this if it’s interfering with their friendship?


If pro-choicers were completely confident that abortion is morally acceptable, they would not have so much hatred toward those who disagree, especially since abortion is legal and available in almost all circumstances.
by Anonymous

itwasasaturday:

alwayspro-choice:

itwasasaturday:

toohottoforyoutohandlle:

prolifefemale:

I lost the friendship of my friends and my roommate when I became pro-life my freshman year of college. I don’t know why, but I reckon it’s because they didn’t respect me and my choice to be a pro-life woman.

Since then though, I’ve made some friends who know what my position is and respect it. Some don’t agree, and that’s ok. The point is that they don’t oust me and call me terrible names because of it, like some of what pro-choice tumblr does with all pro-life blogs.

And a lot of them push the lie that there are limits to abortion and when it can be done, and while that may be somewhat true now with the multiple 20-week bans and buffer-zone closings that are happening, fact still remains that in the United States,  a woman can have an abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and that is NOT ok.

I know that my baby’s body is not my body, and that is why I say with uptmost confidence that if I ever was raped (god forbid) and got pregnant from said rape, I would carry the baby to term and give him/her to a family that has never been able to have children. I would much rather give love and life to my child than to steal his/her life away from him through a death that I paid for him/her for.

My baby’s body is NOT MY BODY, so it’s NOT MY CHOICE to end his/her life.

Actually, no you cannot just have an abortion all throughout the pregnancy.

Late term abortions are only done if the fetus is already dead, if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, or if there are abnormalities in the fetus (brain half developed, ect). These are people who wanted children but then complications arise.

That’s why there is a 20-week ban.

Yeah. I don’t get the hate.
Like im super pro choice. Without a doubt. My sister is very pro life. We disagree on the subject but there is no hostility and im pretty sure I have this relationship (though unbeknownst to me) with friends and I wouldn’t call them names. As long as we can be respectful, there shouldn’t be a need to end a relationship.

I don’t hate those who disagree. My best friend is pro-life. She knows I am pro-choice. It doesn’t bother her nor does her being pro-life bother me. But you know what? She also doesn’t shame people who have abortions. She doesn’t call them “whores” or “murderers”. She certainly doesn’t stand in front of clinics and “protest” (AKA harass the clients). She knows I’d have an abortion. Her only concern when I mentioned that was if I’d be feeling well afterwards.

I treat with the same respect. I wouldn’t suggest abortion to her if she said she didn’t want a pregnancy because I know she’s pro-life. I’d help her with adoption, if I could in some way. I’d help her get whatever she needed.

And plenty of pro-life blog runners are rude to pro-choice blogs. That’s an issue within literally every movement and position here on Tumblr, unfortunately.

I wasn’t being specific on who was hating who, pro choice or pro life, just stating an opinion.

I know. That’s why reblogged it from you. I didn’t point out anyone specifically either.


If pro-choicers were completely confident that abortion is morally acceptable, they would not have so much hatred toward those who disagree, especially since abortion is legal and available in almost all circumstances.
by Anonymous

itwasasaturday:

toohottoforyoutohandlle:

prolifefemale:

I lost the friendship of my friends and my roommate when I became pro-life my freshman year of college. I don’t know why, but I reckon it’s because they didn’t respect me and my choice to be a pro-life woman.

Since then though, I’ve made some friends who know what my position is and respect it. Some don’t agree, and that’s ok. The point is that they don’t oust me and call me terrible names because of it, like some of what pro-choice tumblr does with all pro-life blogs.

And a lot of them push the lie that there are limits to abortion and when it can be done, and while that may be somewhat true now with the multiple 20-week bans and buffer-zone closings that are happening, fact still remains that in the United States,  a woman can have an abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and that is NOT ok.

I know that my baby’s body is not my body, and that is why I say with uptmost confidence that if I ever was raped (god forbid) and got pregnant from said rape, I would carry the baby to term and give him/her to a family that has never been able to have children. I would much rather give love and life to my child than to steal his/her life away from him through a death that I paid for him/her for.

My baby’s body is NOT MY BODY, so it’s NOT MY CHOICE to end his/her life.

Actually, no you cannot just have an abortion all throughout the pregnancy.

Late term abortions are only done if the fetus is already dead, if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, or if there are abnormalities in the fetus (brain half developed, ect). These are people who wanted children but then complications arise.

That’s why there is a 20-week ban.

Yeah. I don’t get the hate.
Like im super pro choice. Without a doubt. My sister is very pro life. We disagree on the subject but there is no hostility and im pretty sure I have this relationship (though unbeknownst to me) with friends and I wouldn’t call them names. As long as we can be respectful, there shouldn’t be a need to end a relationship.

I don’t hate those who disagree. My best friend is pro-life. She knows I am pro-choice. It doesn’t bother her nor does her being pro-life bother me. But you know what? She also doesn’t shame people who have abortions. She doesn’t call them “whores” or “murderers”. She certainly doesn’t stand in front of clinics and “protest” (AKA harass the clients). She knows I’d have an abortion. Her only concern when I mentioned that was if I’d be feeling well afterwards.

I treat with the same respect. I wouldn’t suggest abortion to her if she said she didn’t want a pregnancy because I know she’s pro-life. I’d help her with adoption, if I could in some way. I’d help her get whatever she needed.

And plenty of pro-life blog runners are rude to pro-choice blogs. That’s an issue within literally every movement and position here on Tumblr, unfortunately.