A defense of the prolife position on abortion, the "three approaches" refers to the three sections of the book that correspond to three angles to the abortion debate that Kreeft offers the reader: (1) the impersonal (philosophical arguments for the pro-life position), (2) the personal (the motives of pro-lifers), and (3) the interpersonal (a fictional dialogue between a pro-lifer and pro-choicer
that brings out the first two approaches).
The brighter "pro-choicers
" have come to admit that abortion is the killing of a human being.
When I saw him a few years ago, I reminded him that he had said: "Don't let the pro-choicers
convince you that a fetus isn't a human being.
Interestingly, Petkova, Ajzen, and Driver (1995), found that although extreme pro-lifers and extreme pro-choicers
were equally committed according to the commitment scale developed by the authors, pro-life supporters were significantly more likely to act on that commitment.
No matter where you come out on the question of abortion--and we are firmly pro-choice--you cannot claim that anti-abortion activists don't have the same free speech rights as pro-choicers
. The statute in Colorado was clearly aimed at the anti-abortion crowd.
But judging by what happens, the unstated goal is apparently to anger, offend, and incite violence --then use the ensuing publicity to make pro-choicers
often support their position by noting the consequences of restrictive abortion laws.(15) They point out that before abortion was safe and legal, hospital wards were filled with women suffering from infection due to botched abortions.(16) They argue that women cannot attain full equality with men if they cannot control their fertility, and despite improvements in birth control, there will always be unwanted pregnancies.(17)
* In the debate over partial-birth abortion, almost no reporters interviewed abortion providers themselves and so missed the story that the procedure is far more common than pro-choicers
had portrayed it.
, fearing the apparent consequences of conceding that fetuses are people like us, usually want us to think of them as globs of tissue.
In some states, activity is minimal or non-existent on all fronts; in other states, pro-choicers
mount multiple challenges to the public education status quo.
Despite severe criticism from both her former colleagues on the right and her new allies among pro-choicers
, her Republicans for Choice has raised more money--over a million dollars--and garnered more publicity than all the other pro-choice Republican groups put together (Washington Post, April 4, D-1).
"I had been told that pro-life supporters were being harassed by pro-choicers
and I went out to see for myself," he recalled.