ShanSunflower wrote:If someone doesn't like the idea of abortion, the solution is simply not to get one.
I'm afraid it's not that simple to somebody who believes a fetus is a human life. Genetically, a fetus is a human. Spiritually, I can't say when "life really
begins," although it is pretty clear that it begins at conception biologically. In my opinion, if you risk killing a human but you don't really know for sure, it's better to err on the side of caution.
Making abortion illegal will cause nothing but harm. If a woman really wants an abortion, she's dang well going to get one. For every pro-lifer who gets in my face with pictures of stillborns they are trying to tell me are aborted fetii, I'd like to stuff a picture in their face of a real woman who was really harmed by giving herself an abortion with a coat-hanger.
Do you really
think making abortion illegal will result in a wave of accidental deaths of that sort? Abortion procedures are considerably more advanced nowadays than they were before Roe V. Wade. I don't think people would be having "back-alley abortions." I think there would be trained physicians willing to perform abortions, just like euthanasia is practiced illicitly by some doctors now.
Instead of making abortion illegal, let's try to lessen the number of abortions instead. How? One big step is to abolish abstinance-only education. It doesn't work. Regardless of whatever the folks who put the system into place think, it's not doing good. It's doing harm. "Abstinance" should be taught as an option, and not the only option. Young people are coming out of school with no idea of how to protect themselves because all they've been told in school is not to have sex until they are married. Some of these programs throw out lies, such as "condoms only work 20% of the time". This leads young people to think "well, if it's that little, I may as well not bother with protection". Plus, with teenagers, being told not to do something just makes the idea of doing it all the more thrilling. Sex should be taught as something which is natural, and sexual desires should be taught as something completely natural and not "sinful", "evil", or "selfish".
I agree with you here. My county taught abstinence-only education. Contraceptive measures were not even mentioned; the focus was on "purity." The course was full of out-right lies and insinuations, like once girls have pre-marital sex they are worthless, and that guys who have pre-marital sex lose their strength and vitality.
But, here is where I take exception:
If she's pregnant and doesn't want to be, she deserves the right to an abortion. No human has the right to use another human's body without that human's ongoing consent. If we give the fetus that right, we're giving it special rights that no other human has.
I mean no offense (honestly), but that statement is so disturbing I don't even know how to respond. You're basically admitting the fetus is a human and then justifying the killing of that human because it's a burden on the mother.
Babies do have special rights. Because they're babies. They're precious. And a mother has special responsibilities. That's how the world works.