quotations about abortion

Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.

POTTER STEWART, judicial opinion, Jun. 30, 1980


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Either you can subscribe to the American creed which says that God endowed us with our rights, or you can subscribe to the abortion creed which says that those rights are the consequences of our mother's will.

ALAN KEYES, speech at Southern Methodist University, Feb. 24, 1997


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The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.



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One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living.

AYN RAND, The Ayn Rand Lexicon


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This plague of abortion is the mark of a society that has lost its way; it treats children like garbage. It has come about because of the so-called sexual revolution; abortion is almost a sacrament of that revolution. Sex has been completely separated from its purpose, which is to create life. Our sex-saturated society teaches kids that sex is for fun, for pleasure, for self-expression, or for conquest. Abortion is a no-fault sex insurance policy. This has made a mockery of any attempt at maintaining strong families--the love and responsibility people have toward each other. Now society is full of rampant individualism.

DOROTHY E. MCBRIDE, Abortion in the United States


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Whether abortion is an expression of negative or positive conscience is a serious question with enormous consequences. If looked at from the point of view of the aborted fetus, it is an aggressive act of the strongest sort, causing its destruction. Considered from the side of the pregnant woman, it is simply not requiring her to carry her pregnancy to full term, in circumstances where in her opinion that would be inappropriate. However, the fact that the arguments can be made on both sides does not mean that the choice between them can be made arbitrarily by the toss of a coin or even that it is morally marginal. As I see it, the answer is based on the natural order itself. In this sense, what we have first to take into account is the fact that until viability the mother and fetus have to share the mother's body (using it in different ways). Most important is the fact that the only conscience is that of the mother. Since the freedom of this conscience is in question, the only viewpoint until viability can be that of this conscience, so that the issue is whether this conscience can be forced to act in a way contrary to its beliefs, viz., to continue a pregnancy which for perceived good reasons of conscience has become unwanted.

MARK MACGUIGAN, Abortion, Conscience, and Democracy


Frankly, I adore your catchy slogan, "Adoption, not Abortion," although no one has been able to figure out, even with expert counseling, how to use adoption as a method of birth control, or at what time of the month it is most effective.

BARBARA EHRENREICH, The Worst Years of Our Lives


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Abortion raises moral and spiritual questions over which honorable persons can disagree sincerely and profoundly. But those disagreements did not then and do not now relieve us of our duty to apply the Constitution faithfully.

HARRY BLACKMUN, judicial opinion on Roe vs. Wade, Jan. 22, 1973


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Abortion is not a favor for the medical profession to bestow but an obligation for them to perform.

LESLIE CANNOLD, The Abortion Myth


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Abortion is the insurance against that fate worse than death which is called a family. Our no-fault insurance has removed our responsibility for car accidents, and no-fault divorce has removed our responsibility for marriage accidents; why should abortion not be our no-fault sexual insurance policy that removes our responsibility for sex accidents?

PETER KREEFT, Three Approaches to Abortion


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Our national institutions are braced for a seemingly endless clash of absolutes. The political stage is already dominated by the well-rehearsed and deeply felt arguments, on either side of the abortion issue, that we have come to know so well. The debate is unending. None of its participants ever seems even mildly persuaded by the arguments of the other side. As the apparently irresistible force of the pro-life movement bears down on the seemingly immovable object of abortion rights, local politics may at times be overwhelmed by the kind of single-issue campaigning that has already distorted the face of national elections. If this happens, the losers will be the democratic process and the American people.

LAURENCE H. TRIBE, Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes


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For many people, morality means a set of rules governing the disposition on one's genital organs; or a set of injunctions against lying, stealing, or killing except when such acts are sanctioned by church or state.



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Once you pass into the utilitarianism of abortion, where do you go? Why do you kill an unborn child after six months and not old people or not criminals or not just every second person in the world?

VICTOR HEYLEN, attributed, And I Quote


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I haven't sorted out the penalties. But I do know, I do know that I oppose abortion. And I favor adoption. And if we can get this law changed, everybody should make the extraordinary effort to take these kids that are unwanted and sometimes aborted, take the -- let them come to birth, and then put them in a family where they will be loved. And you see, yes, my position has evolved. And it's continuing to evolve, and it's evolving in favor of life. And I have had a couple of exceptions that I support -- rape, incest and the life of the mother. Sometimes people feel a little uncomfortable talking about this, but it's much clearer for me now. As I've seen abortions sometimes used as a birth control device, for heavens sakes. See the millions of these killings accumulate, and this is one where you can have an honest difference of opinion. We certainly do. But no, I'm for the sanctity of life, and once that illegality is established, then we can come to grips with the penalty side, and of course there's got to be some penalties to enforce the law, whatever they may be.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, debate with Michael Dukakis, Sep. 25, 1988


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We can only hope that their words will encourage young readers to speak up on behalf of the unborn girls whose lives are snuffed out by abortion -- girls who will never have the opportunity to learn, play, compete, laugh or love.

CHELSEN VICARI, "Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman and Abortion Is Pro-Nobody", CBS News, February 4, 2016


Abortion exists as a comforting insurance policy against a disruptive teen pregnancy in the family. Or a career-interfering pregnancy. Or a late surprise pregnancy after the family had been completed (or so it was thought). Abortion serves convenience, or at least the avoidance of inconvenience. Abortion offers a quick, easy, largely safe way out of a messy situation. Few may acknowledge it outright, but abortion is there like a fire extinguisher, at hand should it be needed in an emergency.

DAVE NEESE, "The pro-abortion crowd is winning the fight", The Mercury, February 17, 2016


Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. Abortion is profamily, prolife, moral, and good. For many millions of women, abortion has meant getting on with their lives and continuing to meet their responsibilities to themselves, their families, and society.

PATRICIA W. LUNNEBORG, Abortion: A Positive Decision


It would certainly be possible ... to argue that the destruction of a being evolving towards humanization is less morally wrong than the destruction of an already fully human being, but I cannot see that the difference in moral culpability would be a large one, given the fact that this zygote-embryo-fetus is the only possibility of existence for a human being-to-be. The human person that would have been but for the abortion would now never be. If respect for human life is a part of our moral code, therefore, I do not see how the destruction of such a potential human being could ever be less than seriously wrong, even if it were a lesser fault than the killing of an admittedly human person.

MARK MACGUIGAN, Abortion, Conscience, and Democracy


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No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

MARGARET SANGER, Woman and the New Race


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Feminazis have adopted abortion as a kind of sacrament for their religion/politics of alienation and bitterness.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, The Way Things Ought to Be


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