I saw this tweet at some point during the weekend, and Beatidude and I had a polite exchange of tweets over it.
@rphillips2001 How do you propose that we convince abortion rights supporters to respect life?
— Roamin’ Catholic (@Beatidude) May 6, 2012
My question to him – which he could not answer – was how can prolifers convince the rest of us that they themselves “respect life”, when they campaign to make abortion illegal, and in the US (Beatidude is an American) campaign to shut down life-saving healthcare services.
There are ethical arguments to be made about abortion. I am no longer willing to debate those issues with people who do not share the basic human rights view that it is the pregnant woman’s responsibility and right to make her own decision for or against abortion, because I do not trust those people to argue honestly.
And this is why.