By Rob Schwarzwalder Senior Vice-President CATHY CLEAVER RUSE is Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at Family Research Council. He formerly served as a presidential appointee at the U. Previously, he was chief of staff to two Members of Congress.
House of Representatives Constitution Subcommittee and was the pro-life spokesperson for the U. ROB SCHWARZWALDER is Senior Vice President of Family Research Council. of Health and Human Services, where as senior speech writer he crafted language on all facets of federal health care policy.
The best you can do is arm yourself with the facts and deliver them in what you hope will be a winning way for your audience -- meaning you will need to make your case, in most instances, not in the language of faith or religion but in the language of the post-modern secularist.
What follows, therefore, are the best arguments from science, the law, and women's rights to advance the pro-life case against abortion.
They are not alone: "Most Americans favor legal restrictions on abortion that go way beyond current law," according to Lydia Saad, a senior editor for the Gallup polling company which has lo ng tracked abortion opinion. The way Americans self-identify has changed dramatically over the years.
In the mid-1990s, "pro-life" was a distinct minority view.
If the medicine and science don't persuade your audience, consider citing authorities from the "pro-choice" community itself.
Mention "Pro-choice" feminist Naomi Wolf, who in a ground-breaking article in 1996, argued that the abortion-rights community should acknowledge the "fetus, in its full humanity" and that abortion causes "a real death." More recently, Kate Michelman, long-time president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, acknowledged that "technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being." Those who justify abortion by claiming that "no one knows when life begins" are not arguing science but rather their own brand of politics, philosophy, or even religion.
Their argument is not about when life begins but about when, or whether, that life deserves legal acknowledgment and protection. Arguing from the Law Most people do not really know what the Supreme Court decided on January 22, 1973.
They assume that the Court made abortion legal in the first trimester of pregnancy only, and that it is subject to substantial limits and regulations today.