I will post the unpopular reply and open myself up to possible flames. That's fine by me.
I had an abortion when I was younger. No, I didn't have any life-threatening circumstances, but I was just out of college, in a not-so-stable relationship with a pseudo-boyfriend, and just about to take a new job out in the Alaskan wilderness.
I will say this: the environment at the clinic was very love-based. Some of you may take offense to that. But this was my experience. The (mostly) women who worked at the clinic displayed such love. The women who were getting abortions included a high-school senior about to go to college on a basketball scholarship, a young married mother who already had a full-plate at home with two small children, and others in similar circumstances. Whereas other societies would demand of women to go through with the pregnancies whether they really want to or not, I felt very proud to live in a society that allowed women the freedom to live their lives according to their wishes.
In the end, while Erin says it's ok to have an abortion to save a woman's physical life, it's not okay to save her other life--I mean her hopes her dreams her plans.
It's completely subjective to say when an abortion is OK and when it's not. I'm pro-choice, so I believe that any woman who feels an abortion is the best decision for her should have the right to make that choice.
What if a woman caused a miscarriage by accident? Maybe she took a medication she shouldn't have. Or what if an egg was fertilized while on BC pills, or the MAP, or the IUD, but never implanted. Is that murder? Or is it only murder if you knowingly killed your fetus.
Is that not the same as accidentally killing a born person by misfiring a gun or accidentally filling the prescription bottle with poison like in "it's a wonderful life?"
What if you are a woman in a very controlling marriage with a husband who refuses birth control? Is that rape? What if you knowingly got so drunk at a party that you made yourself vulnerable to rape? Are you not responsible for your fetus' life then?
What if your birth control failed you? If the answer is that you knew there was a potential to get pregnant with BC and you took the risk, I'll follow it up. Isn't it also possible to get raped at any time any day, like when you're walking home from work? How do you take responsibility for that?
What if you're the father? What's your responsibility there? What if you're against abortion and your wife/girlfriend decides to get one? Will you not be "judged" in "heaven" for not stopping her from MURDERING her tiny fetus. I mean, you could have done something, anything, locked her up against her will and forced her to give birth for the sake of saving this LIFE!!!!
This whole argument is ridiculous. Morality is subjective. Always has been always will be. More of us are indirectly involved with the deaths and suffering of many more people on a daily basis than are ever affected by abortion. That diamond on your finger? Someone may have died so you can buy it. The electricity that powers the computer your using right now? Ask the dead miners in WV and Utah (hey, you could've used solar panels, I'm just sayin'). Etcetera, etcetera.
Last edited by Red Willow; 08-26-2007 at 07:30 PM.