In the debate between pro life vs. pro choice, there is never a clear winner, it seems.
The Argument for Life
In the pro life movement, the argument is simple: murder is bad, m’kay? Who can argue that? No one wants to kill anyone at any time, but for the pro lifers, they measure life as beginning at the moment of conception, which some people debate. However, with this limitation in mind, anything which might disrupt a pregnancy, including an abortion as well as birth control pills which can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting are considered to be wrong. The pro life movement wants to make sure that women are not able to take either of these actions during any stage of pregnancy and only in the most extreme of health situations where the mother’s life is in jeopardy.
An Argument for Choice
And in this corner are those who want women to have the choice whether or not to have an abortion. This side of the argument does not discuss whether life begins at fertilization, though they have presented evidence that babies might not be sentient beings until they are in the second or third trimester, so an abortion isn’t like killing a fully developed person for coming after your family. The argument in pro choice is not necessarily that all women should have abortions, but that women should have the choice whether or not to have one. They might decide to not have an abortion during an unplanned pregnancy or they might decide to do so. It’s still their choice.
Who Will Win the Battle?
Of course, if you put a pro lifer and a pro choicer in a room and told them to work things out, well, you shouldn’t hold your breath for a compromise. These sides are fierce about their beliefs and their issues and they seem barely able to sit in the same room than to talk about their concerns and how they can resolve the situation. Perhaps someday a peaceful resolution or at least a truce can be reached. Until then, Roe vs. Wade is still in place.