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Person 1: A fetus isn’t even aware of its surroundings. Person 2 (our hero): That’s true, but neither are people who are passed out from drinking too much. We should still take care of them though.

Take Care of Unconscious People

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 assaulting an unconscious adult. 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 assaulting an unconscious adult, 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 it’s okay to assault unconscious adults. In this case, we recommend that you drop the abortion topic until you can reach agreement about adults.

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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: We’re all aware of our surroundings. Person 1 (our hero): Hm, but what about people who are passed out from drinking too much? They deserve the right to life too.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 (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: We’re human and self-aware. Person 1 (our hero): Hm. If that were the right explanation, comatose people wouldn’t deserve the right to life.
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