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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?

Fundamental Equality

On all sides of the abortion debate, most people agree that those of us outside the womb have equal value — we’re all members of an “equal rights club.” Ask what we have in common that makes us equal, and listen carefully to the answer.

We think a good answer is simply that we’re all living human organisms. A fetus is also a living human organism, so if we’re correct, then a fetus is a member of the equal rights club too.

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Person 1: Why are you pro-life? Person 2 (our hero): In short, I’m pro-life because I support equality. I think all members of the human species are equally valuable, regardless of sex, race, intelligence, or anything else.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.Our hero: People are diverse. At the same time, we all equally deserve basic human rights, whether we’re rich or poor, male or female, young or old, etc. Why? We’re so different. What do we all have in common?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: Biologically, we’re all living human beings. Person 1 (our hero): Agreed! Let’s talk about whether a fetus is a living human being too.
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