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A moral nightmare.
3. Women have the right to control their own bodies, so abortion is a woman’s right.
This is a popular argument—even Canada’s Prime Minister makes it (implicitly) when he justifies abortion by saying women have “the right to control their own bodies.”
But it’s a fallacious argument.
The assumed premise is that a fetus is part of the mother’s body. But this premise is false.
Yes, a fetus is CONNECTED to the mother. But it is not a proper PART of the mother—like a piano is connected via straps to a mover’s truck but isn’t a part of the truck.
To think the fetus is part of the mother leads logically to absurd results: e.g., a woman has eight arms and three penises if pregnant with male triplets. (We’re not talking intersex here, we’re talking about a woman.)
Sure, every woman has the right to control her own body. But there are two bodies involved in an abortion.
It’s one thing to control one’s own body—it’s quite another to kill the body of another!
Wake up, adults. Your dogmatic slumbers are killing little children — lots of them. Wake up, for goodness’ sake.
Hendrik van der Breggen, PhD, is a retired philosophy professor who lives in Steinbach, Man. The above article consists of shortened excerpts from Hendrik’s recent book Untangling Popular Pro-Choice Arguments: Critical Thinking about Abortion (available at Amazon).