Anti-abortion movement

social movement that opposes abortion
A pro-life group protesting at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The pro-life movement is the term by which people, who share the view that human life begins at conception and the life of unborn children should be protected (whence pro-life), identify themselves. They believe that an unborn child is a living human being from the moment of conception, therefore they oppose abortion because they believe that it is factually a murder. As abortion is a sensible political topic, they are called anti-choice by pro-choice movement , which doesn't have identify unborn children as living human beings. The fundamental divergence between the two movements is on the identification of unborn children as a living human being, and if they are, whether they have equal human rights of fully developed human beings or not.

People who are pro-life believe that all humans, including the unborn, have a right to life. Within the pro-life community some believe that an unborn baby has life as soon as it has been conceived, because they believe that having human genome is a necessary and sufficient condition for a developing organism to be factually identified as a living human being. Others believe that an organism should be identified as a living human being once a heartbeat has been detected, so they believe the law should consider abortion a crime to protect innocent life while in the womb. Many pro-life people think women who are pregnant and do not want to raise a child should look for alternatives to abortion such as adoption.

There are many advocacy groups that want to help women considering abortion as an option, and try to convince more people that abortion is wrong.

Being pro-life is most associated with conservative politics. In one poll in the United States, 66% of conservatives called themselves pro-life. It is also associated with the Catholic Church.[1] Pope Francis has said that "Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord."[2]

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  1. Inc, Gallup. "Americans Misjudge U.S. Abortion Views".
  2. "A day after telling Catholics not to obsess with abortion, the Pope encourages doctors NOT to perform abortions". Mail Online. 20 September 2013.