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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?

Poverty Is Hard

Remember to discuss the loving option of placing the child for adoption. Even if adoption were not an option, poverty would not justify killing a person, so from a philosophical standpoint, adoption is beside the point. But people find the pro-life position easier to swallow if they can see that we care about women in difficult situations and we have reasonable options in mind for such women.

The rhetorical technique of drawing an analogy to killing a two-year-old is called “trotting out a toddler”. The primary purpose of this technique is not to refute the other person’s argument or score debate points, so don’t pat yourself on the back when the other person agrees that we shouldn’t kill the toddler. Instead, the primary purpose of this technique is to move the conversation to the core area of disagreement, which is generally either the status of the preborn or the ethics of killing.

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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: 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.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?Person 1: Pregnancy can derail a woman’s career. Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about this too. I don’t want to hold women back. Let me ask a question; bear with me. If a mom’s career is suffering because of her two-year-old, may she kill her child?
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