Questions about Abortion, Fetal Personhood, and Reproductive Rights?

Respect People exists to lessen the heated tension between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice groups with a clear, science-backed path forward that respects both the right to life and the right to liberty of all people.

If you're reading this, you're likely already familiar with the standard yet problematic arguments for and against reproductive rights. On the one hand, the assertion that a right to life is a right to use another person's body without permission is morally flawed. On the other hand, the assertion that a right to liberty is a right to murder people is also morally flawed. On this website, Respect People outlines a future for reproductive rights that involves neither of those immoral assertions. 

True liberty is to enjoy freedom for oneself while simultaneously respecting the freedom of other people. Life without liberty is not worth living, and the founders of the United States knew this well, hence their revolutionary war cry, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Because the rights to life and liberty are inextricably intertwined, both of those rights must be respected in any and all policy regarding reproductive rights. As stated in our United States Pledge of Allegiance, there must be "liberty and justice for all."

The morality of reproductive rights is often misconstrued as a single question (When does life begin?), however, to respect both the right to life and the right to liberty of all people, judging the morality of reproductive rights requires us to answer not one question but three. The three pivotal questions for reproductive rights are:

1. When did your life begin? ​

2. Do you have a right to use another person’s body without their permission?

3. What are you allowed to do to defend yourself against a person using your body without your permission?