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Person 1: What about a mom with many kids who can’t take care of another? Person 2 (our hero): I want moms and kids to thrive. But let me ask a weird question; bear with me. If a mom with many kids is struggling, may she kill her two-year-old?

Mom With Many Kids

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 a two-year-old. 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 she may 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: Some women can’t afford a child. Person 2 (our hero): I agree. Poverty is a serious, concerning hardship. Let me ask a question; bear with me. If a mom can’t afford to continue raising her two-year-old, may she kill her child?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: 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.
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