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A Libertarian [pro-Life] Atheist Answers 'Pro-Choice Catholics' .... [Abortion]
Catholic Online ^ | January 2003 | Doris Gordon

Posted on 07/15/2003 1:50:17 PM PDT by Lorianne

Abortion isn't a victimless-crime debate; to abort a child isn't like smoking pot. The reason I and others object to abortion is that we find it to be homicide (the killing of one human being by another). The proper use of government force is to oppose killing the innocent, not to encourage it, as the Superem Court did in Roe v. Wade by legalising and protecting its practice.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; law
I am always interested in non-religious arguments against abortion. Her article "How I Became Pro-Life" on (Liberatarians for Life webite) is also very well written. Check it out.
1 posted on 07/15/2003 1:50:17 PM PDT by Lorianne
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2 posted on 07/15/2003 1:51:59 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Lorianne
read later
3 posted on 07/15/2003 1:59:22 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Lorianne; OWK
Something you might find interesting, O.
4 posted on 07/15/2003 2:03:29 PM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: Lorianne
There are plenty of non-religious reasons why abortion is bad. The Left tries to define abortion as a religious argument to shut down debate. Once they turn it into a religious issue, then they can raise the old "Seperation of Church and State" flag.

During a Fred Friendly hosted special on PBS, one of the pro-choice panelists tried to define abortion as a religious issue only to be confronted by Nat Hentoff defining himself as, I believe, an "Atheist Jew" and the spokesman from a pro-life organization telling her that he is agnostic. She couldn't handle that information so simply kept insisting that abortion was a religious issue despite having two people right in front of her giving her evidence that it wasn't.

While I believe in God and admire religious pro-life activists quite a bit, I think that using religious arguments against abortion isn't always helpful. If the person you are talking to is religious and generally shares your beliefs or if you are able to argue from the perspective of their beliefs, a religious argument can be very powerful. But if the person doesn't share your beliefs, then the person you are talking to can dismiss your abortion argument as a part of dismissing your religion. The argument will not be persuasive.

If you want to argue abortion from a religious standpoint, your first step must be to convince the person that your religious views are correct. If they refuse to accept them, then it will be impossible to discuss abortion based on shared religious beliefs. Don't even bother discussing abortion with them. You've already lost if your religion is the only argument you can bring to bear against abortion and you'll only add more ammunition to the argument that the pro-life position is only religious.

5 posted on 07/15/2003 2:05:16 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions
See this debate on whether there is a secular case against abortion:

6 posted on 07/15/2003 2:28:35 PM PDT by reasonseeker
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To: Lorianne

XV. Thou shalt not unnecessarily excerpt.

7 posted on 07/15/2003 2:33:24 PM PDT by Spiff (Liberalism is a mental illness - a precursor disease to terminal Socialism.)
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To: Spiff
LOL And I agree!!!
8 posted on 07/15/2003 4:07:25 PM PDT by gcruse (There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women[.] --Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Lorianne; AnnaZ; Mercuria; Askel5; Uncle Bill
Check this out.
9 posted on 07/15/2003 11:23:23 PM PDT by nunya bidness (It's not an assault weapon, it's a Homeland Defense Rifle.)
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Thanks for the ping to this. I have always leaned to the non-religious anti-abortion stance... one of the most important things I learned from listening to Alan Keyes.

10 posted on 07/16/2003 9:35:31 PM PDT by AnnaZ ( "It is UNSPUN and it is Unspun, but it is not unspun." -- unspun)
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