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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?

Is Death Better Than Suffering?

Almost everyone, pro-life or pro-choice, agrees it’s wrong to kill a toddler. Pro-choice people usually think there’s some crucial difference between abortion and killing toddlers. It’s helpful to bring those differences to the surface and discuss them directly.

Rarely, you might encounter someone who says, “Yes, we should kill the toddler to prevent her from suffering.” They might not be serious, but we recommend you act on the assumption that they mean what they say. You can say you’re glad that the two of you have figured out the core reason you disagree about abortion: it’s not because you disagree about women’s rights or fetal development, it’s because you disagree about the general ethics of killing. Then, we recommend you drop the abortion topic until you can reach agreement about toddlers.

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Person 1: Abortion is okay as long as it’s not painful to the fetus. Person 2 (our hero): I’m glad we agree abortion is wrong when it’s painful. Let me ask a question; bear with me. Should we let a mom kill her two-year-old after anesthetizing her?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: People with disabilities have hard lives. We shouldn’t bring more into the world. Person 2 (our hero): I want to alleviate hardships too. Let me ask a question; bear with me. If someone becomes disabled at age 2, should the parents kill her?Person 1: Every child deserves to be wanted. Person 2 (our hero): I agree. Children should grow up in happy homes. Can I ask a question for us to think about? Bear with me. If a two-year-old is unwanted, should he or she be killed?
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