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Person 1: I’m pro-choice because I care about women’s health. Person 2 (our hero): I want people to get the healthcare they need, too. But I think the mother and fetus are both patients who deserve care.

The Mother and Fetus Are Both Patients

When possible, doctors should ensure that the mother and fetus both thrive. In extreme circumstances, doctors should provide lifesaving treatment to the mother even when they know that the fetus will unfortunately die as a result. However, doctors should never intentionally kill the fetus — not even for a noble goal like saving the mother’s life.

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Person 1: What if a mother’s life is in danger? Person 2 (our hero): The mother and child are equally valuable. In some situations doctors should give the mother life-saving treatment even if it results in the unintended, tragic death of the child. Let’s talk about a specific example.Person 1: The decision to get an abortion is between a woman and her doctor. Person 2 (our hero): I don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. Let me ask a question. It may seem irrelevant, but please bear with me. Suppose a doctor starts offering infanticide “services.” How should we respond?Person 1: If abortion is outlawed, women will die in unsafe, illegal abortions. Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about this too. Abortion is worse when the mother dies. But I’d say abortion is never safe, since I value the mother and fetus equally.Person 1: Abortion restrictions unfairly affect poor women who can’t afford to travel to another state. Person 2 (our hero): It’s true that poor women are affected differently. I think women and fetuses should be respected and protected regardless of income.
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