Is abortion evil?

(This is the 15th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

Evil, no. Unfortunate, yes.

I would like to live in a world where abortion isn’t necessary, but I’m not sure we ever will. When we can permit ourselves to have good sex education for our young people, and make forms of birth control more readily available to help prevent unwanted pregnancies, there will be a great decrease in the amount of people requesting abortions.

Beyond that, as long as there are medical conditions that threaten the mother, and rape, we will always need to have abortion as an option. The former of these two can be eventually solved by medical science. The latter, unfortunately, will always be with us.

Lying about the abortion procedure to prevent people from having them – such as saying that the procedure increases the risk of breast cancer, or using the racial statistics of abortion recipients to make it appear as if it is some sort of eugenics practice – is pretty evil, in my book. But that’s just because I’m a big fan of the truth.


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I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

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