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Person 1: Adopted kids have hard lives. Abortion is a kinder option. Person 2 (our hero): I want to alleviate hardships too. Let me ask a question. It might seem irrelevant, but please bear with me. If a two-year-old’s parents die in an accident, should we kill her?

Adoption vs. Abortion

Thankfully, almost everyone agrees we should take care of orphans even though they might have hard lives without their biological parents.

Don’t expect this analogy on its own to change anyone’s mind. Pro-choice people usually feel that there’s an important difference between abortion and killing two-year-olds. The point of the analogy is just to bring those differences to the surface. Listen very carefully as they explain what they feel is the crucial difference between abortion and killing a two-year-old, and go from there.

They might point to something about the fetus herself. They might think abortion is similar to killing a plant or removing a tumor. On the other hand, they might point to something about the situation the fetus and mother are in. They might think abortion is similar to unplugging a ventilator or defending yourself against an assailant.

Rarely, someone might bite the bullet and say to kill the two-year-old. In this case, we recommend that you drop the abortion topic until you can reach agreement about two-year-olds.

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Person 1: Yes, of course killing toddlers is wrong. But a fetus is different than a toddler. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad we agree killing toddlers is wrong. I agree there are a lot of differences. Can we talk through the differences that you think matter?Person 1: Every child deserves to be wanted. Person 2 (our hero): I agree. Children should grow up in happy homes. Let me ask a question; bear with me. If a two-year-old is unwanted, should he or she be killed?Person 1: Sometimes, abortion is in the child’s best interest. It’s better to die than to suffer. Person 2 (our hero): I want to alleviate suffering too. To be clear, if a toddler has a life full of suffering in front of her, should we should kill her?Person 1: There are already too many kids in the foster system. Do you really want to add more? Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about those kids too, but there is actually no shortage of good prospective parents waiting to adopt newborns.
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