Ben Shapiro is famous for his quick, straight-forward and logical responses to arguments by the political left.
A hugely popular speaker on college campuses, Shapiro hosts “The Ben Shapiro Show,” the top conservative podcast in the United States, runs the Daily Wire and is a best-selling author of several books. He has faced numerous hostile audiences on college campuses across the nation.
On Thursday, he walked pro-life advocates at the National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through his responses to some of the top pro-abortion arguments of the day.
“Gone are the days when the left used to talk about safe, legal and rare abortions,” Shapiro said. Now, they treat abortion as “something virtuous and strong.”
He brought up the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign and a poem by Leyla Josephine about her abortion as a teenager. It reads, in part: “But I would have supported her right to choose. … I would have died for that right, just like she died for mine. I’m sorry but you came at the wrong time. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed.”
He responded, “To the left, she is a hero, a hero for exercising her right to murder her child in the womb.”
Shapiro urged people to speak out boldly against abortion. He called the legalized destruction of human life “the greatest moral divide we’ve seen since World War II” and “too many people are standing on the wrong side.”
One of the most common arguments for abortion is that “it” (the unborn baby) is not a human, Shapiro said; some people think of the unborn baby as nothing more than a polyp or an appendage of the woman’s body.
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Biologically, however, the unborn baby is a human being from the moment of conception. Shapiro pointed out that the political left likes to call itself the party of science and would celebrate if a single-cell organism was found on Mars, but they refuse to accept the science that a child in the womb is a living human being. He pointed to facts about the heartbeat beginning by 18 days and the unique DNA that is in place beginning at conception.
But sometimes even biological facts will not satisfy some abortion advocates. Shapiro said some will argue that if an unborn baby cannot survive without the mother, it is not a person and does not deserve rights. In response, Shapiro pointed out that his own two children, both under age 4, are dependent on him and his wife; they could not survive on their own either.
He said viability arguments, whether about a child’s ability to survive on his/her own or brain function or rationality, do not justify abortion because each one also could apply to people outside the womb.
Another argument he addressed is responsibility. Some argue that women have abortions out of a sense of responsibility because they cannot raise a child properly. This, too, is a poor argument for killing unborn babies, Shapiro said.
“There are plenty of children with bad parents, and I don’t think the solution is to kill the children,” he said. Later, he continued, “… if you want to talk about responsibility in pregnancy, the responsibility would be to have sex within the confines of marriage.”
Some argue that abortion makes life better for women or that they need it to succeed. Shapiro said this argument supposedly is about empowering women, but it really should be insulting to them.
“Pregnancy is hard work, but it’s also a superpower,” because it is something only women can do, Shapiro said.
But instead of treating pregnancy as a power that only women possess, a thing to be celebrated, our pro-abortion society says it’s something that should be discarded, he continued.
They seem to think that “men, because we don’t have babies, somehow we are free to fly like eagles and go to the office,” Shapiro said. “There’s a reason we call it work, gang.”
Shapiro walked the pro-life crowd through a variety of arguments about abortion, and he based his arguments on science and logic, rather than religious values. He said abortion activists are all too eager to dismiss any argument based on religious grounds. However, he also said that many scientific advancements and reasoning came about as a result of Judaeo-Christian teachings about the world.
He said abortion is a “great evil” in society today and linked it to paganism. He said he believes God will bring about justice for unborn babies, and he urged pro-life advocates to continue to fight for that justice.