veganism and abortion

Veganism and Abortion: The Controversial Moral Dilemma

There are a lot of moral dilemmas that people face in the world. One of these is the debate between veganism and abortion. On one side, you have people who feel that veganism is the morally correct choice because it doesn’t involve harming any living creatures including the fetus. On the other hand, you have people who argue that abortion is morally acceptable because it can save lives. Can you be vegan and pro-choice? As a woman and a vegan, I am extremely interested in this topic, so I decided to explore both sides of this argument and share my findings with you.

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When it comes to the topic of abortion, people tend to have strong opinions. Most people would agree that suffering is something to be minimized. No one wants to see animals in pain, for instance, or humans treated harshly.

Yet it can be difficult to eliminate suffering entirely. Our actions always have consequences, and sometimes those consequences can cause suffering. 

If we drive a car, we pollute the environment. If we buy candies, we support unnecessary packaging and consumption and therefore create more trash. 

The question, then, is not whether our actions will cause suffering, but whether the suffering caused by our actions is outweighed by the good that comes from them.

What does pro-choice mean?

Pro-choice means that a woman can choose to have an abortion. It is her body and her choice. Pro-choice does not mean that a woman can have an abortion whenever she wants one.

Many factors go into a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Pro-choice simply means that the decision should be left up to the woman.

According to The Guttmacher Institute, abortion can be influenced by many things such as financial instability, mental instability, rape, or incest. Most of the time, however, it is caused by simply being an unwanted pregnancy. 

Many women that decide to have an abortion feel like they cannot handle having a baby, whether it be for health reasons or other personal reasons.

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What does pro-life mean?

On the other hand, there are pro-life people, who believe that abortion is wrong and should not be allowed. So, what does pro-life mean, exactly?

There are a few different things that pro-life people believe. 

  • First, they believe that life begins at conception. This means that they believe that the moment a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus, it becomes a living human being with its rights. 
  • Pro-lifers also believe that abortion is murder. They believe that the unborn baby is a human being with a right to life and that abortion takes away that right.
  • Pro-lifers also believe that abortion is harmful to women. They believe that it can cause physical and psychological damage to the woman and that it is not a safe or healthy way to end a pregnancy. 
  • Additionally, pro-lifers believe that abortion is often used as a form of birth control, which they believe is wrong. They believe that abortion should only be used in cases where the mother’s life is in danger or if the baby has a serious medical condition that would make it unable to survive outside of the womb.

Pro-life people have many different reasons for their beliefs. For some, it is a religious belief. Others believe it is a moral issue and a matter of protecting the rights of the unborn child. Whatever the reason, pro-life people believe that abortion is wrong and should not be allowed.

Do vegans support abortion?

Veganism and abortion are topics that make a lot of people angry. There are many different opinions on abortion within the vegan community.

  • Some vegans believe that abortion is morally wrong, as it involves taking a life.
  • Others believe that a woman’s right to choose trumps any moral concerns about abortion.
  • And there are people that believe that the answer is not so black and white and that there are many factors to consider when deciding about abortion.

Can you be vegan and for abortion?

The answer is yes, you can be vegan and for abortion. Here’s why:

  1. First and foremost, being vegan is about compassion. It’s about caring for all living beings and not causing them unnecessary harm. And what could be more harmful than forcing pregnancy on someone who doesn’t want it?
  2. Secondly, abortion is not murder. A fetus is not a living being. It’s a mass of cells that has the potential to become human beings. But it’s not there yet. So, aborting it is not taking a life.
  3. And finally, even if you believe that fetuses are living beings, abortion is still the more compassionate option. If a woman cannot or does not want to raise a child, it’s better to abort it than to force her to go through with the pregnancy and then give the child up for adoption.

So, yes, you can be vegan and for abortion. Because being vegan is about compassion, and abortion is, in some cases, the most compassionate option for all involved.

Can you be vegan and against abortion?

There are vegans who are against abortion. There are a few key points to consider when thinking about this question. 

  1. First, it’s important to remember that being vegan is about reducing suffering as much as possible. 
  2. Second, abortion also involves taking a life, but it is typically done to prevent more suffering
  3. Third, you can’t make the argument that all life is sacred and therefore abortion is wrong, because then you would also have to be against birth control and contraception, which vegans typically support.

Is it hypocritical to be pro-choice and vegan?

No, it is not hypocritical to be pro-choice and vegan. Pro-choice advocates believe that every person has the right to make their own decisions about their body and health, including whether or not to have an abortion.

Vegans believe that we should strive to minimize suffering and pain caused to all sentient beings.

The neural circuitry for pain in fetuses is immature. More importantly, the developmental processes necessary for the mindful experience of pain are not yet developed.

Source: National library of medicine

Therefore, a vegan pregnant woman will not inflict pain on her fetus if she decides on an abortion.

Key takeaways about veganism and abortion

Veganism and abortion are controversial topics. There is no one opinion about it as everyone’s beliefs are different.

  • However, many vegans do support abortion rights as they believe that every living being has a right to choose what to do with her body. 
  • Some vegans also believe that abortion is a necessary evil in cases where the pregnancy is life-threatening to the mother. 

There is no correct way to live one’s life. The important thing is that we all respect each other’s choices and strive to live in a way that causes the least amount of harm.

Ultimately, it is up to each vegan to decide whether they support abortion.

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Hi, I’m Petra and for most of my life, I was an omnivore. A vegan couple made me curious about veganism, so I did some research. What I found out about the animals, our planet, and the health benefits of a vegan diet made me go vegan overnight. It’s been 5 years now and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.

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