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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?

Fetus vs. Toddler

In our experience, most pro-choice people think that because of the nature of a fetus, the fetus doesn’t deserve the same basic rights as a toddler. They think abortion is similar to killing a plant or removing a tumor.

We can agree with our pro-choice peers that fetuses are different than toddlers in many ways. For example, fetuses are smaller and less intelligent than toddlers. However, big people are not worth more than small people. Intelligent people are not worth more than unintelligent people. We think all living human organisms equally deserve basic rights, regardless of race, sex, size, intelligence, age, or anything else.

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Person 1: You seriously think a fetus deserves the same rights as a toddler? Person 2 (our hero): That’s right! I know that might sound crazy, since a fetus is so different from a toddler, but I think I have good reasons. Let’s talk about them.Person 1 (our hero): When would you say life begins? Person 2: Hm… 12 weeks after fertilization. Person 1 (our hero): Okay. If you don’t mind, could you explain your reasoning? What do you think is the crucial change at that point?Our hero: Racism, sexism, and homophobia are wrong because they devalue people based on superficial qualities. We’re all members of the human species, so we’re all equally valuable. Fetuses are members of the human species, too.Person 1 (our hero): You and I equally deserve the right to life. So do all our friends. What do we have in common that makes us equal? Person 2: We’re all aware of our surroundings. Person 1 (our hero): Hm, but what about people who are passed out from drinking too much? They deserve the right to life too.
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