Marjorie Dannenfelser's Argument Against Abortion

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According to the WHO, there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions every year around the globe. The dictionary definition for abortion is ‘the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy’, and people usually very absolutist about their stances regarding this topic. The two sides of the argument are those who are pro-choice or pro-life. The pro-choice side argue that it is the free will of the parent/s to decide on how to handle the pregnancy as unplanned pregnancies could mean a detrimental life for both the parent/s and the baby as the parent/s may not have the resources to support and take care of the baby, or are not ready for such big change and responsibility. On the other hand, the pro-life side argue that life begins at conception…show more content…
Anthony List (SBA List) which is an NGO striving to promote their anti-abortion campaign through politics, believes ‘that fighting for life is not only morally right, but politically smart’. She aims to elect pro-choice men and women that oppose abortion into Congress as well as pass pro-life laws that protect unborn children. In her late 20’s, Marjorie spent a summer in Georgetown house for Republican interns and she believes that when she was studying political science and philosophy, her stance on abortion began to shift, from pro-choice to pro-choice. In an interview she mentions that the turning point was when she asked herself regarding abortion, ‘what if it’s another person in there? Why should we even take that chance?’(Marjorie D, Jun 2017). Her change in stance was also catalysed by her conversion to Catholicism and its belief of humanity for the unborn fetus. Her belief in the Catholic faith and in the sanctity of human life, as well as her strong support for the more conservative party have influenced and changed her stance that is now firmly pro-life. Recently elected by Donald Trump as the head of his anti-abortion coalition, Marjorie’s SBA List organisation could prosper and achieve a lot towards its goals, and this could potentially cause a monumental change in the US laws on abortion. The SBA List could widen their reach, promote the pro-life ideology to a bigger audience with backing of the Presidency and…show more content…
He urges everyone to ‘defend the unborn against abortion, even if they persecute you, culminate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you’. As can been seen from this quote, the Pope feels that one must do everything that they possibly can, no matter how extreme, to save an unborn child and fight abortion. Through the Bible, in Jeremiah 1:5, (the Christian) God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations”. In accordance with Catholicism, this suggests that God has a plan for everyone before they are formed in the womb, and therefore an abortion interferes with and ‘kills’ his plan, which is an abomination. The Pope holds his pro-life stance because of his high regard of the sanctity of life, aligned with his staunch belief in the Catholic faith, and the word of God. The Pope has a far reaching influence all other the world and since he is the leader of the Catholic church, he has ‘full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church’. Hence, his stance on abortion and how he interprets the Bible could significantly influence the Catholics world-wide on their stance on abortion, including 22% of the population of the USA who are registered Catholics. It could lead to more intense protests against abortion seeing as the Catholics are taught that abortion goes
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