So having a discussion on abortion and birth control and stuff on FB, and someone comes in and share this link. The link basically draws an analogy of abusing animals to be like having an abortion. (The intent is that Christians cannot be “pro-abortion,” and it attacks Planned Parenthood, and so on.)
I objected to the analogies, of course, as animals don’t require use of another person’s body to survive, but I’m wondering - what have people found to be the best ways to refute analogies of that sort?
To start, I mention that these kinds of analogies are logical fallacies. And from your objection, you made it clear why it’s a logical fallacy.
The main factors of what makes a false analogy:
- How relevant are the two cases to each other?
- How similar are they exactly?
Obviously animal abuse and abortion rights are not relevant to one another and they’re not similar at all, for reasons you’ve obviously pointed out.
You can also bring up a stronger analogy, one that is relevant and similar. I would also simplify the concept of bodily autonomy through analogy. That would help.
Followers, please feel free to share your own personal tactics in dealing with this. :)