A Quick Response to a Common Argument Made by "Pro-Lifers"
"Aren't you glad you weren't aborted?"
The question above comes up frequently in abortion debates. Whether or not you're pro-choice, I think we can all agree that this hypothetical is not valid as an argument of any kind. The question means, "Well, if you were aborted, you wouldn't be here!" Which is understandable, but why stop there? If some Catholic Coalition was dead set to rally to illegalize condoms, they would ask any opponents, "Aren't you glad your parents didn't use a condom?!" Because, if they did, you wouldn't be here.
Seems fallacious to me. Want to go one further? "Aren't you glad your parents weren't celibate?" Because if they were..... you get the point. It seems that the original question above fails to argue anything, other than that whatever policy makes the population grow more is the best. Let me bring up a hypothetical:
Women lose all right in the U.S. and are now forced to have as many kids as possible. Every woman who is able to bear children is obligated to. Outrageous scenario? Yep. Will it ever happen? I'd say no, but it serves as a good hypothetical. Now, say a couple of generations pass and some of the more liberal men ask themselves, "Is it moral to force women to have as many babies as they can?" Well, if they try and get some good ole' legislation passed, opposing lawmakers will undeniably ask them this: "Aren't you gad YOUR mother was forced to have you?!?!" Most of the men campaigning against this law will exist because of the law in the first place, but it doesn't make it right.
No matter your opinion on the matter of abortion, I hope it can be agreed by all that the question in the header holds absolutely no logical or argumentative worth whatsoever.
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