Originally Posted by oberlee
A zygote still has a very low survival rate, as does an embryo in the first trimester. I therefore, personally do not consider such a new life as important to preserve as a born human, and I would include second and third trimester in there too because, well, you've had time to think about it.
So would you afford people in their first trimester more protection once medical science has improved to the point where the survival rate is as great at 2 weeks as it currently is at 24?
It will be interesting if/when an artificial uterus is developed, as
"the capacity to raise an unwanted fetus apart from the mother would allow the option of fetus adoption, but might raise concerns with respect to children born with no connection to a parent. Some pro-life groups argue that this would allow a father to have a choice in whether to carry a pregnancy to term. Some people would even argue that this would make it acceptable to ban abortion, since the fetus would be able to survive outside of the uterus from the first day, thereby avoiding any possible undue burden. Some currently pro-choice people may even find it acceptable to ban abortion if artificial uteri become available, since the woman would still be allowed to have the fetus removed from her body. They may believe that she has a right to privacy over her own body, but no right to determine the fate of the fetus once it is removed." Artificial uterus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia