A pamphlet put out by Catholics for Free Choice entitled “Abortion: A Guide to Making Ethical Decisions” says:
“It is important to understand that while abortion does involve the taking of a human life because all life that is in and of a human being is human life in order to call it murder we would have to believe that prenatal life in the early stages of pregnancy is a human person and that there were absolutely no reasons that justified the taking of that life … [However], you may feel you have reasons that justify abortion regardless of your beliefs about personhood.”
Marjorie Reiley Maguire and Daniel C. Maguire of Catholics for a Free Choice.
Marjorie Reiley Maguire and Daniel C. Maguire. “Abortion: A Guide to Making Ethical Decisions” Catholics for a Free Choice, September 1983
Although former Vice President Biden always voted in favor of abortion, he admitted in an interview that he knew human life begins at conception. According to an article in The National Review:
“I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I am not prepared to say that to other God-fearing [and] non-God-fearing people that have a different view. Abortion is always wrong. All the principles of my faith, [which] I make no excuse for attempting to live up to – I don’t all the time. But I’m not prepared to impose doctrine that I’m prepared to accept on the rest of [the country].”
Joel Gehrke “Joe Biden: “Abortion Is Always Wrong” National Review September 22, 2015
If “there is a human being at conception”, abortion is killing that human being. Biden is therefore admitting that he supports killing human beings.
Gillian, who is pro-choice, when asked how she feels about an athlete who gets pregnant to enhance her performance, then aborts. In this scenario, the athlete would deliberately become pregnant for the hormonal boost, with the intention of aborting after the athletic event.
[When you abort] “you’re thinking of yourself and you’re thinking about the baby.. It’s not a cold decision. But getting pregnant in order to kill the baby! Doing it intentionally just doesn’t seem right. Having a baby to kill it, there’s no you in that. You’re just setting out to murder, [to commit] premeditated murder.”
Leslie Cannold The Abortion Myth (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1998) xx
This pro-choicer seems to admit that abortion is the killing of a human being- murder. She excuses abortions on women who are pregnant accidentally, but calls it “murder” when the abortion is intended before the pregnancy. What is the difference in the babies?
Camille Paglia, a pro-choice activist and writer for Salon, says:
“…I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman’s body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman’s entrance into society and citizenship.
On the other hand, I support the death penalty for atrocious crimes (such as rape-murder or the murder of children). I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution?”
Dr. Thomas Verney is pro-choice but considers abortion to be the taking of human life. He encourages doctors to tell the truth to their patients:
“I believe the choice to have or not have a child should be left up to the individual woman…but I also think a women must be made fully aware that what is at stake is not a clump of calls but the beginning of human life. If a doctor can spend several minutes explaining how he plans to remove a superfluous organ, such as an appendix, shouldn’t he be willing to give this kind of decision equal time?”
Dr. Thomas Verney (with John Kelly) The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (Sphere, 1982) in Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 267
Vivian Wahlberg, a pro-choice author from Sweden, says the following in her book about abortion:
“Often an abortion involves a conflict of an existential as well as ethical nature that can place both the nursing staff and the patient in a dilemma. To protect and save life and to sometimes assist at its very beginning are the ultimate goals of medical practice, and abortion is directly opposed to these goals.”
Vivian Wahlberg Memories After Abortion (Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, 2007) 19
Although Wahlberg is pro-choice, she is admitting here that abortion is in opposition to saving a life. It is, therefore, taking a life. She knows this even though she supports legal abortion.
Judith Jarvis Thompson, pro-choice professor at MIT:
“I am inclined to think also that we shall probably have to agree that the fetus has already become a person well before birth. Indeed, it comes as a surprise when one first learns how early in its life it begins to acquire human characteristics. By the tenth week, for example, it already has a face, arms and legs, fingers and toes; it has internal organs, and brain activity is detectable.”