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Person 1: A fetus is a parasite. Person 2 (our hero): I see the similarities. Help me understand. Are you saying a fetus isn’t a person, like a tapeworm isn’t a person? Or are you saying abortion is okay even if a fetus is a person, since she’s using her mom’s body?

Fetus vs. Tapeworm

A fetus truly is like a parasite in many respects. The fetus lives inside the mother, gets food and water from her body, and can be a very serious burden on her. Don’t downplay the challenges faced by pregnant women. Instead, argue that abortion is an unacceptable way to address those challenges.

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Person 1: A fetus is a parasite. Person 2 (our hero): It’s true that the fetus is entirely dependent on another person. Many elderly adults suffer from depression because they feel guilty about being in a similar position.Person 1: Nobody, fetus or adult, may use a woman’s body without her consent. Person 2 (our hero): I sympathize with women facing unwanted pregnancies. But abortion does more than separate the fetus and mother. The fetus’s death is no accident.Person 1: It’s my body, so it’s my choice. Person 2 (our hero): I agree that we deserve special rights regarding our own bodies. I want to understand your view better. When a woman is pregnant, would you say there’s one body present or two?Person 1 (our hero): I’d say there’s a certain fundamental equality between you, me, and billions of others. Person 2: Yeah, I agree. Person 1 (our hero): That’s kind of amazing. We’re all so different! We vary by race, sex, intelligence, etc. What do we have in common that makes us equal?
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