I am now speaking of rights under the Constitution, and not of moral or religious rights. I do not discuss the morals of the people of Missouri, but let them settle that matter for themselves. I hold that the people supporting abortion rights are civilized men as well as ourselves; that they bear consciences as well as we, and that they are accountable to God and their posterity, and not to us. It is for them to decide, therefore, the moral and religious right of the abortion question for themselves within their own limits. ... Let each State stand firmly by that great Constitutional right, let each State mind its own business and let its neighbors alone, and there will be no trouble on this question.
Pro-Life argument to those who say, "While I personally oppose abortion, I cannot impose my beliefs on anyone else":
When [one] says that whoever or whatever community wants abortions, they have a right to have them, he is perfectly logical if there is nothing wrong in the institution; but if you admit that it is wrong, he cannot logically say that anybody has a right to do wrong. . . .If it be a wrong, he cannot say that he would as soon see a wrong voted up as down.If these arguments sound familiar, it is because they are taken from the Lincoln-Douglas debates with "abortion" substituted for "slavery." Slavery supporters were pro-choice, too. How progressive.
Inspired by a Students for Life email By Juliegha Norus, Wayne State University