Lesson 4 - How to Discuss the Hard Cases

Chances are high that whenever you talk with a pro-choice supporter, they will quickly ask, “Well, what about a woman who is raped and gets pregnant? Or what about cases of incest? Or what about when the baby has serious health defects? Or what about when a woman’s life is in jeopardy?”

Most people struggle with these hard cases, even if they think abortion is wrong. In fact, when you look at surveys about abortion, the most popular view in America is that abortion should be generally illegal except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the baby’s or mother’s health is in danger.

So you have to be ready to discuss those hard cases, and that’s what you’ll learn in this lesson.


  • How to determine whether the “hard cases” are just smokescreens for more general pro-abortion views
  • Why a child conceived through rape still has a right to life
  • 2 reasons why we shouldn’t abort children with disabilities
  • The important moral principle known as “double effect”
  • How to handle situations where the mother’s health is threatened by pregnancy



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