Personhood (i.e., Right-to-Life) Talking Points
American RTL has worked with state personhood leaders to develop a set of talking points for use in defending personhood and answering typical objections. Please send us suggestions for improvements and additions.
Why is Abortion Wrong? Abortion is wrong because it's a baby, and it's always wrong to intentionally kill a baby, and that's because children are made in God's image and God said, "Do not kill the innocent."
Snowflake Children: This baby girl was adopted, like all the snowflake kids, as a frozen embryo. A snowflake child is one of the strongest proofs that the single-celled human is a person. Little Elisha Lancaster, frozen for years, appears in an online personhood video with her mom Maria. Elisha was fully alive, fully human, and not a boy but already a little girl, at the very moment that she came into existence in a laboratory. Then, four years later, this tiny person was adopted, Federal Expressed across the country, and implanted in mom’s womb.
Will the Personhood Amendment Stop Abortion? Our law prohibits the intentional killing of an innocent person. So yes, the illegality and unconstitutionality of abortion will finally be evident. What about Roe? See Dred and Roe v. Wade below.
Isn’t It Part of the Woman’s Body? Half the time the fetus is a boy. Always the mother is female. Her son’s Y chromosome cannot be part of mom. So from a single cell at conception he's a genetically distinct individual. And whether it's a baby boy or girl, the baby is not the woman's body, but has his or her own body within mom. Sometimes that tiny human being survives in the womb even after mom's death. Many such observations can help "pro-choicers" soften their hearts to see that a person is a person no matter how small. Then, the unborn baby’s first cry for food is actually a pheromone signal, from one organism to another. A hormone is a chemical signal between glands or organs within an organism, but the baby’s request is a human pheromone. So while still in the fallopian tube and traveling toward the womb, the fetal cry lets mom know the baby’s already hungry!
Would a Mother Be Arrested for Miscarriage? That claim is pure fear mongering. History demonstrates the truth. When the nation recognized abortion as illegal, the authorities never arrested a single doctor or woman for a miscarriage.
Should Eggs Have Rights? Those who kill unborn children try to dehumanize them by referring to the youngest ones as “eggs.” Confusing an egg with an organism is biological and moral ignorance. The Carnegie Institute’s world-renowned Stages of Early Human Development lists terms with “no scientific usefulness” and says that “the term ‘egg’ is best reserved for… the breakfast table.” Immoral terms like gooks and fertilized egg dehumanize other people to make it easier to kill them.
Won’t This Outlaw Contraceptives? No, recognizing personhood has no effect on contraceptives that only prevent fertilization. However, personhood would prohibit any chemical abortifacient that kills the tiniest boys and girls. When the abortion industry says that personhood would outlaw contraceptives, they’re either lying now, or they were lying then, for they’ve spent decades telling women that such chemicals did not kill a living embryo. Women should know whether or not a chemical would abort their children. Passing the personhood amendment will end these lies.
Where Do Rights Come From? Human rights do not come from the government, for then they wouldn’t be rights; nor from the majority (consider America and slaves, Germany and Jews); nor from the doctor or hospital. For rights come from our Creator, at that moment we are created, as Jeremiah 1:5 quotes God, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” The Declaration of Independence affirms what those who believe in God have always known. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…” We have human rights because we are made in our Creator’s image and likeness, which is why parents, unlike animals, have a moral obligation to protect and love our children, born and unborn.
Won’t Personhood Hurt Rape and Incest Victims? Consider the horror of abortion for incest. Cruelly, the abortion clinic typically covers up the crime of incest by sending the victim back home to her rapist. Even worse, they often send her home with her rapist, the very criminal who impregnated her and then brought her to Planned Parenthood. Abortion for incest emboldens a criminal to rape his young relative; helps him escape being caught; tempts him to repeat his crime; and is not compassionate because it kills a baby, fuels rape, and increases the woman’s suffering. Personhood for the unborn helps people understand that there are no hard cases when deciding to love a baby. You don’t kill a child because her father is a criminal. As documented by Live Action Film’s Lila Rose and by Life Dynamics’ Caught on Tape, abortion clinics in Colorado and nationwide routinely refuse to comply with mandatory reporting laws for suspected child rape.... read more at AmericanRTL,org