#6. Reproductive restrictions do not end with abortion. Many people also argue that contraception itself is wrong—another mainly-religious philosophy—and will deny women the protection they need based on this belief. There are legislative acts that allow actual pharmacists to deny women their birth control because of their beliefs; does this not violate the Hippocratic Oath, especially if thousands of women are on birth control because their very lives depend on it? Also, since it is my belief that men should not rape women, if I were a pharmacist, would I have a right to deny a man his Viagra just in case he uses it to rape? You never know.
Is this not the same line of reasoning that is used by those who oppose gay marriage? And are they not criticized for it? This is the classic “slippery slope” argument: “If we deny women the right to abortion, what is next? They will want to ban all contraception.” Such line of reasoning is as incoherent as those who oppose gay marriage and say, “If we allow gays to marry, what’s next? They will want to marry their dog.”
Again, this argument distracts from the real issue. Essentially, this argument assumes that abortion is morally right, and then says that restricting abortion is wrong because it will lead the restricting of something that is morally right, and to further restricting of something that is also assumed to be morally right. But this is not an argument, it is circular reasoning. The author assumes the rightness of his/her position, and then argues that because it is wrong to restrict that which is right (an assumption in and of itself), it is wrong come to any conclusion other than the authors. We’ve already discussed the simplicity of defeating such an argument in a previous post, but let us do so again briefly here.
Using the pro-choice line of reasoning, if every woman has the right to choose abortion, what of the unborn woman in the womb? By killing an unborn woman, are we not denying the unborn woman the right to choose? You see where this logically leads. At some point someone’s “right” is going to have to be violated, but that is assuming that the choice to murder a human being is an actual right.
The slippery slope argument doesn’t work. The issue of contraception is a different discussion from the issue of abortion, and, therefore, ought to be discussed separately. The real issue at hand is the issue of restricting the murder of an unborn human life. Science made its final ruling: human life begins at the moment of conception. Therefore, an unborn life is a human life, and every human life has a right to live. If an adult woman has the right to live, so does the unborn woman.
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