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Person 1: Why do you even care about the fetus? Person 2 (our hero): If the fetus is growing, it must be alive. If it has human parents, it must be human. And living humans, or human beings like you and me, are valuable, aren’t they?

Why Do You Care?

This response is based on the “10-second pro-life apologist” by Steve Wagner. Be prepared to give a more comprehensive answer, but this sound bite might be helpful to a person who has never engaged seriously with the pro-life position.

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Person 1: Why are you pro-life? Person 2 (our hero): In short, I’m pro-life because I support equality. I think all members of the human species are equally valuable, regardless of sex, race, intelligence, or anything else.Our hero: Racism, sexism, and homophobia are wrong because they devalue people based on superficial qualities. We’re all members of the human species, so we’re all equally valuable. Fetuses are members of the human species, too.Person 1: If I showed you human and rat embryos, you couldn’t even tell the difference. Person 2 (our hero): True, but only because the naked eye can’t see the important differences. Fortunately, our value doesn’t depend on our appearance.Person 1: Even a worm is more complex than a human embryo. Person 2 (our hero): True enough. Which would you say is more “complex”: a newborn infant or an adult African elephant?
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