1. To settle the issue of ensoulment using modern science is solving a perennial metaphysical question with a very contemporary physical insight. It is intellectually lazy to say the least, and in a hundred years, we may be eating our own words.
2. I do not believe abortion is murder because no one else really does. This is because many want to villify, jail, and even kill abortionists, but no one wants to kill or jail the mother who destroyed the life of her own child. That is like wanting to try and execute the assassin, but not the person who hired him. The Mafia, I am sure, would have loved that logic.
3. Pretending Planned Parenthood is a nefarious organization because it works to make a profit is hypocrisy in its highest form in the context of American late capitalism. How many insurance and other medical institutions drive people into six figure debt in order to treat life-threatening illnesses yet are never condemned for their greed? From what I can tell, Planned Parenthood’s rates are pretty darn reasonable by comparison.
4. The comparison between abortion and the Holocaust is silly and seems to function in lieu of an actual argument. After all, the government doesn’t “kill babies”. There are no brown shirted thugs going into private homes and bashing childrens’ heads against the wall. Women hire a doctor to do so. But again, if you want to absolve the person who hires the assassin, then you can disregard this point.
5. Those who would absolve these women and call them victims seem to want to rob women of any real moral agency. For them, they are the proverbial “damsels in distress” who need rescuing from the “bad guys”. If I were a woman, I would feel insulted. If I have to end the life of someone, and did it in a more standard manner, I would fess up to it, even if I felt he needed killing (to use a Southern euphemism).
6. When I was a monk, our monastery had a (failed) bakery. During that time, one of our employees in a conversation while working told me she had had an abortion some years earlier. She felt bad about it. I neither outed her to my superiors nor judged her to be a horrible person, and I do not to this day.
7. Those who oppose abortion seem to want to make it a non-negotiable issue. If it is so darn non-negotiable, I would be advocating that the government start massive orphanages to take care of all of those unwanted children, and pay the woman a handsome sum, say $50,000, for the right to use their womb for the nine months needed for the full gestation of the baby (apart from the free healthcare). When it comes to the life of innocent babies, who gives a damn about moral arguments, fiscal responsibility, or forcing people to keep it in their pants? We could send all of the babies to re-populate Europe.
8. Similarly, why do we force women, especially single mothers, to work in the first place? They should be given a stipend by the government to take care of their unwanted children, or free government childcare. Again, when faced with saving and preserving an innocent life, who gives a damn about fiscal responsibility?
9. Archbishop Camara of Brazil once asked why if he fed the poor, he was considered a saint, but when he asked why the poor had no food, he was considered a communist. Similarly, one could ask: why is it that if I say abortion is wrong, I am considered pro-life, but if I ask why women have abortions, I am considered a “baby-killer”? Is it not more important to address why a woman would want to abort her child in the first place than to try to win a legal or metaphysical argument that may or may not actually stop an abortion or two?