Group Makes Faulty Argument Against Male Opposition to Abortion

One of the most common fallacies used by pro-abortion activists is that of misdirection. In an attempt to divert attention from the primary issue of abortion, they point out irrelevant facts and then twist them in order to reach a false conclusion. The image below showcases a prime example of this commonly-practiced fallacy:

The argument, in a nutshell, goes like this: “You can’t be against abortion if you’re a man. Because you can’t get pregnant, you don’t know what it’s like to need an abortion!”

Obviously, this line of thinking is ridiculous. Let’s apply the same logic to another situation where it can be seen for how silly it really is.

At the height of the slavery debate in the United States during the 1850s, the tension between the North and South was immense. The Southern slave owners accused the Northern abolitionists of trying to destroy the South’s economy by outlawing slavery. It’s not hard to imagine a pro-slavery group using similar logic in their campaign to discredit anti-slavery advocates. Perhaps their poster would have looked similar to that of PCPEP:

The argument on the pro-slavery poster employs the same logic as that of the pro-abortion poster. Like a twisted Mad Lib, the only differences are the nouns used: “You can’t be against slavery if you’re a Northerner. Because you don’t own a plantation, you don’t know what it’s like to need slaves!”

Do you see the offensiveness of such logic? No one needs to own slaves to see how evil slavery is. No one needs to actually murder someone to realize how evil murder is. In the same way, you don’t need to be a woman to know how evil abortion is.

Our culture demands that you should have experience in a matter before having any credibility to speak about it. This tendency is derived from postmodernism, which holds that truth is subjective and can change depending on who you ask. But the Word of God is true whether or not we’ve experienced certain sins. Christians still speak with authority when they echo the truth of Scripture on any matter, even abortion.

Regardless of our sex, we have an innate, God-given ability to know right from wrong and good from evil (Rom. 1:18ff). Furthermore, God has clearly spoken on the immorality of murder (Gen. 9:6; Ex. 20:13). Because humans possess the image of God from the moment of conception, it does not matter whether a murder takes place inside the womb or outside of it. It is always wrong and must be opposed by women and men.