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 If you have been following the US elections or the recent coverage of the UK debate around abortion gestational limits, you will notice that debate moderators generally love to ask pro-life candidates hard questions about abortion. Curiously, they don’t generally do the same for pro-choice/pro-abortion candidates.

Here are 8 questions you will rarely hear a pro-choice/pro-abortion candidate asked by the media:

1. You say you support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion. Are there any restrictions you would approve of?

2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on “the war on girls” and the growth of “gendercide” in the world – abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose a problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female?

3. In many regions (including New Zealand), a teenager can have an abortion without her parents’ consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental authorization. Do you support any restrictions or parental notification regarding abortion access for minors?

4. If you do not believe that human life begins at conception, when do you believe it begins? At what stage of development should an unborn child have human rights?

5. Currently, when genetic testing reveals an unborn child has Down Syndrome, most women choose to abort. How do you answer the charge that this phenomenon resembles the “eugenics” movement a century ago – the slow, but deliberate “weeding out” of those our society would deem “unfit” to live?

6. You describe abortion as a “tragic choice.” If abortion is not morally objectionable, then why is it tragic? Does this mean there is something about abortion that is different than other standard surgical procedures?

7. Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable – able to survive outside the womb?

8. If a pregnant woman and her unborn child are murdered, do you believe the criminal should face two counts of murder and serve a harsher sentence?

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