This Week on Pro-Life Perspective: “The Mutation of Choice into Coercion”

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

In this the second of this week’s Pro-Life Perspectives, National Right to Life President and PLP Host Carol Tobias examines in detail an article written by someone who does not share our pro-life views but who nonetheless offers a brilliant evaluation of the argument that “Choice” can (and we would say does) evolve into coercion.

Speaking about the author, Sherry F. Colb, Mrs. Tobias begins, “One lesson most of us have learned is that even when an argument comes to the wrong conclusion, if it is well thought out, it can help us sharpen our own arguments and make us aware of considerations we’ve under-appreciated, and show additional ways to present our case to people who are open to reason.”

Tuesday’s five-minute program, found at, looks at the very best/persuasive arguments to demonstrate the slippery slope from choice to coercion. They start with what all good analyses should: a keen understanding of  human nature.

As Mrs. Tobias explains, people will move in directions they would otherwise never consider out of a “misguided desire not to ‘burden’ others.” The flipside of that coin is, as Colb puts it, “Sometimes, the very existence of a choice leads people to feel coerced into making it.”

Take the time to listen to today’s Pro-Life Perspective. Like Mrs. Tobias, you may be particularly impressed by the way Colb “lays out three ways the very existence of assisted suicide can soften resistance, both from the family and from the patient.” It is so easy for “choice” to quickly become seen as an obligation.

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