Should a Woman Have to Give Up 9 Months of Her Life for a Fetus?

A young pro-abortion woman asked me, “If a woman doesn’t want the child but the man does, why should she give up her body and life for 9 months?”

This question presupposes that in any other circumstance, a mother does have the right to terminate her baby’s life. Ethically, this is incorrect.

But let’s suppose that is true. If a mother doesn’t want her offspring, but the father does want his offspring, which the mother let the father put into her by letting him risk impregnating her in the first place, then the mother has no ethical right to kill the baby. This is because, one, her actions, at least partly her actions, put that baby there, and two, it’s someone else’s child; the woman is only co-owner, if such a crude term as “own” can be applied to a human (I don’t know, maybe you should ask an antebellum Democrat).

If you co-own a car, you’re not allowed to sell it, let alone destroy it, without the other person’s permission. It’s your car, but it’s his car too. Except terminating a pregnancy kills a living human and terminating a vehicle merely disorganizes and deforms its component parts.

Even if the woman does “give up her body for 9 months,” as the pro-abortionist put it—which, by the way, is just the most emotions-appealing, hilariously melodramatic way to put it—she made the choice to “give up her body” the moment she consented to the possibility of pregnancy by having sex, just as you accept the chances that you’ll have to suffer an STD if you have sex and you accept the possibility that you’ll fall if you go rock climbing. Pregnancy is a natural consequence of sex. Nameless, faceless men in a smoky room in an unlit top-floor office of a towering skyscraper, which feminists call “the patriarchy,” didn’t create pregnancy.

Pregnancy can happen regardless of what precautions are taken. Falling is a natural consequence of climbing, and it can happen regardless of what precautions one takes. In both cases, a decision is made: Do I risk suffering these consequences for the temporary thrill? If you find the risk to be worth it, you partake in the activity. If you end up failing your rock climbing session and you break your legs, you accept those consequences and you nurse your legs; you don’t destroy them. And if you end up failing to cheat pregnancy, you accept those consequences and you nurse it (the baby); you don’t destroy the baby. Or, I should say, humane, non-barbaric people don’t.