Abortion Quotes

Many people are very, very concerned with the children in India, with the children in Africa where quite a number die, maybe of malnutrition, of hunger and so on, but millions are dying deliberately by the will of the mother. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today. Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you kill me -- there is nothing between. - Mother Teresa


Abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare.Bill Clinton

What is this ban on abortion? It is a survival of the veiled face, of the barred window and the locked door, burning, branding, mutilation, stoning, of all the grip of ownership and superstition come down on woman, thousands of years ago. - Stella Browne

Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life. - Potter Stewart

The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control. - Ruth Bader Ginsberg

I am pro-choice, but I find that abortion is a failure of the feminist establishment. With every kind of birth control available in the world, abortion is not something to be proud of. If you need an abortion, you’ve failed. -Tammy Bruce

Somebody who should have been born is gone.- Anne Sexton

Either you can subscribe to the American creed which says that God endowed us with our rights, or you can subscribe to the abortion creed which says that those rights are the consequences of our mother's will. - Alan Keyes

Frankly, I adore your catchy slogan, “Adoption, not Abortion,” although no one has been able to figure out, even with expert counseling, how to use adoption as a method of birth control, or at what time of the month it is most effective. - Barbara Ehrenreich


I do not believe in abortion at will. I do not believe that if a woman just wants to have an abortion she should ... I do believe if you have an abortion you are committing murder. - Nancy Reagan

It is always the moralists who do the most harm. Abortion is the logical outcome of civilization, only the jungle gives birth and moulders away as nature decrees. Man plans. - Max Frisch

I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. -Ronald Reagan


If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. - Florynce R. Kennedy

I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard. - Hillary Rodham Clinton

Abortion raises moral and spiritual questions over which honorable persons can disagree sincerely and profoundly. But those disagreements did not then and do not now relieve us of our duty to apply the Constitution faithfully. - Harry Blackmun

Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. Abortion is profamily, prolife, moral, and good. For many millions of women, abortion has meant getting on with their lives and continuing to meet their responsibilities to themselves, their families, and society. - Patricia W. Lunneborg

Abortion is not a favor for the medical profession to bestow but an obligation for them to perform. -Leslie Cannold

Abortion is the insurance against that fate worse than death which is called a family. Our no-fault insurance has removed our responsibility for car accidents, and no-fault divorce has removed our responsibility for marriage accidents; why should abortion not be our no-fault sexual insurance policy that removes our responsibility for sex accidents? - Peter Kreeft

It would certainly be possible ... to argue that the destruction of a being evolving towards humanization is less morally wrong than the destruction of an already fully human being, but I cannot see that the difference in moral culpability would be a large one, given the fact that this zygote-embryo-fetus is the only possibility of existence for a human being-to-be. The human person that would have been but for the abortion would now never be. If respect for human life is a part of our moral code, therefore, I do not see how the destruction of such a potential human being could ever be less than seriously wrong, even if it were a lesser fault than the killing of an admittedly human person. -Mark Macguigan

Any woman who has felt a baby stir inside her [and] any man who has seen the tiny heart pulsing on an ultrasound screen, knows that abortion is about ending a life. - Karen Kissane


To forbid birth is only quicker murder.... He is a man, who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed. - Tertullian

One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living. - Ayn Rand
Our national institutions are braced for a seemingly endless clash of absolutes. The political stage is already dominated by the well-rehearsed and deeply felt arguments, on either side of the abortion issue, that we have come to know so well. The debate is unending. None of its participants ever seems even mildly persuaded by the arguments of the other side. As the apparently irresistible force of the pro-life movement bears down on the seemingly immovable object of abortion rights, local politics may at times be overwhelmed by the kind of single-issue campaigning that has already distorted the face of national elections. If this happens, the losers will be the democratic process and the American people. LAURENCE H. TRIBE

Abortion is legal because babies can't vote. - Joseph Bonkowski

No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg. - Frederica Mathewes


Abortion ... interferes with God's plan--a plan He willed before He created the universe. Abortion is in violation of God-given life. - Richard C. Halverson

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. -Margaret Sanger


For many people, morality means a set of rules governing the disposition on one’s genital organs; or a set of injunctions against lying, stealing, or killing except when such acts are sanctioned by church or state. -Marilyn French

Once you pass into the utilitarianism of abortion, where do you go? Why do you kill an unborn child after six months and not old people or not criminals or not just every second person in the world? -Victor Heylen

When you peel back the layers of the anti-choice motivation, it always comes back to two things: What is the nature and purpose of human sexuality? And second, what is the role of women in the world? Sex and the role of women are inextricably linked, because if you can separate sex from procreation, you have given women the ability to participate in society on an equal basis with men.- Gloria Feldt

This plague of abortion is the mark of a society that has lost its way; it treats children like garbage. It has come about because of the so-called sexual revolution; abortion is almost a sacrament of that revolution. Sex has been completely separated from its purpose, which is to create life. Our sex-saturated society teaches kids that sex is for fun, for pleasure, for self-expression, or for conquest. Abortion is a no-fault sex insurance policy. This has made a mockery of any attempt at maintaining strong families--the love and responsibility people have toward each other. Now society is full of rampant individualism. - Dorothy E. Mcbride

If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwanted government intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision to bear or beget a child. -William Brennan

Whether abortion is an expression of negative or positive conscience is a serious question with enormous consequences. If looked at from the point of view of the aborted fetus, it is an aggressive act of the strongest sort, causing its destruction. Considered from the side of the pregnant woman, it is simply not requiring her to carry her pregnancy to full term, in circumstances where in her opinion that would be inappropriate. However, the fact that the arguments can be made on both sides does not mean that the choice between them can be made arbitrarily by the toss of a coin or even that it is morally marginal. As I see it, the answer is based on the natural order itself. In this sense, what we have first to take into account is the fact that until viability the mother and fetus have to share the mother's body (using it in different ways). Most important is the fact that the only conscience is that of the mother. Since the freedom of this conscience is in question, the only viewpoint until viability can be that of this conscience, so that the issue is whether this conscience can be forced to act in a way contrary to its beliefs, viz., to continue a pregnancy which for perceived good reasons of conscience has become unwanted. -Mark Macguigan