Abortion

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by JOEBIALEK, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    30,241
    The mother's life is in danger in all pregnancies.

    Not to mention the physical damage, pain and suffering, that is inevitable.
    I have met very few people - I think maybe none - who really believe that a ten day embryo is a baby.

    That alleged belief is contradicted by every other related behavior and circumstance of the alleger's life, usually. Check out the cemetary at the local "pro-life" church, for the rows of tiny headstones for the early miscarriages. They should be at least 10% of the graves. Try to get a Catholic priest to give last rites to an early miscarriage fished out of the plumbing, and bury it in the Church cemetary. Try to get a murder, manslaughter, or even improper disposal of a body, conviction for someone who simply flushes an early miscarriage down the toilet - while it was alive!

    A local Catholic hospital refuses to perform abortions. Early miscarriages ? Medical waste. They used to dispose of even fairly late stillbirths and such in the incinerator, until the pro-choicers pointed out the oddity, then they rethought their policies and established "respectful" treatment of such remains - but they didn't think of that themselves. Apparently they hadn't noticed that a baby is a baby is a baby when they had a dead one in their hands, for decades.

    A baby who drowns in the toilet, on the other hand - - - much different story. I recall a town somewhere digging up a storm drain more than ten feet down to retrieve the body of a small child swept away in rainstorm.

    So if anyone really believes that an early embryo is a baby, a human being like any walking around, then they can hold the indicated opinions. But the pro-lifers in general are up to something quite different.
     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,536
    So in essence, children who don't have a choice in whether they should be born, should be condemned to a life of suffering, even though they never made that choice ?
     
  4. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  5. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    25,817
    I don't think people's view on abortion has a thing to do with the baby. They say they are against it except in cases of rape or incest (not much difference is there?) So its not really about tthe baby is it? Its about the morther and how she got pregnant. If she is an irresponsible whore then she is also a murderer who killed her baby with an abortion. If she is a 15 yr old girl who was raped by her Dad, well then she shuold be allowed to kill her baby because having it would be to awful for her.
    Abortion has nothing to do with the baby. If it was about the baby, no woman should be allowed to kill it no matter how she got pregnant.

    I'm pro-choice.
     
  6. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  7. sandy Banned Banned

    Messages:
    7,926
    What is all this "choice" language? It's baby-killing. You're either for or against. I'm against. Life begins at conception. No spinning.
     
  8. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,955
    Thanks for the usual ham fisted either/or fallacy. You've just stated a conviction that is based in religious beliefs; there is no science to back it up. Legislation to enforce such a conviction would be enforcing a law derived from religion on many people who do not believe in that religion (or even any religion). If it were consistently enforced, in vitro fertilization would no longer be allowed, since it involves fertilizing many eggs, and the leftover ones are destroyed. Face it, you want a theocracy.

    To a twelve year old pregnant as a result of being raped by her father: "Sorry little girl, you have to have the baby, even though at your young age it could easily kill you. My interpretation of a book of creation myths from a desert nomad tribe from thousands of years ago tells me that to do otherwise would anger my god."
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2008
  9. phlogistician Banned Banned

    Messages:
    10,342
    Catholics think that life should be given a fair chance of success from the point of ejaculation, 'Sandy', so is birth control wrong?

    If as woman miscarries, has she committed murder? Should there be an investigation into her lifestyle, to make sure it was healthy?

    What happens to the little souls of miscarried babies, do they go straight to God, or to 'Limbo'?
     
  10. sandy Banned Banned

    Messages:
    7,926
    You're confusing me with a Catholic. I'm a born-again Christian. NOT a Catholic. Of course I believe in birth control. I think Africa should try it for about 20 years to help get their poverty problem under control. Dead babies go straight back to God no matter who/what killed them. There is no limbo.
     
  11. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    53,966
    Yes, conception creates life, but at early stages in it's development, the foetus is first no more complex than a tree, later it is no more complex than the lab rats we kill in the pursuit of knowledge. The idea that a potential human should be given special rights comes from religion and the concept that only humans have souls. If the nascent human has no soul, it can be considered a growth on the body of the mother, and thus completely within her rights as a citizen to destroy. After all, she will have the responsibility to be it's mother for the rest of her life.

    In a practical sense, women get pregnant for a variety of reasons, sometimes it's not planned, and of course every reasonable measure should ideally be taken to prevent unplanned pregnancies. But the cost for society of unwanted children is much higher than the moral cost of ending a potential human life. Ideally, it should never happen. Practically, it must, or desperate women will harm their own lives with illegal and unregulated abortions, as they have done in the past when moral idealists refused to acknowledge that giving birth in some cases can ruin a women's life.
     
  12. sandy Banned Banned

    Messages:
    7,926
    "...a society that kills its children has lost its soul and its
    hope..." -Jerome Lejeune
     
  13. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    53,966
    I agree, which is why we should make sure, with surgery if necessary, to only raise children in the first place, that are wanted.
     
  14. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    16,126
    your the one who is spinning an honest person will admit no one is pro abortion. some people like me think the CHOICE to get one should be allowed
     
  15. phlogistician Banned Banned

    Messages:
    10,342
    Well the highest religious authority on the planet disagrees with you. You iron out the kinks in the doctrine with him and God, and get back to us.
     
  16. sowhatifit'sdark Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,167
  17. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,461
    Well, I guess she could get hit by a bus, if that's what you mean. Otherwise, that's complete an utter bullshit. The women's risk should be real and imminent. Just like any other self defense case.
    Sex, like other pleasurable activities, carries certain risks.
    Ok, sure. But once the embryo starts looking like a baby. Once it has all the right body parts in all the right places, and you can even see it on utrasound sucking its thumb, most would call it a baby.

    If it were put to a vote, a referendum, I'm sure that abortion at 10 days would pass. But by 6 weeks the fetal brain is functioning with detectable brainwaves.

    By 12 weeks, all the organs are functioning. The baby can move it's head, suck its thumb, and make facial expressions.

    By 17 weeks the baby is experiencing REM sleep. By 20 it can recognize its mother's voice. If not killed (aborted) a baby has a 60% chance of survival if born at 24 weeks.

    Now surely, at some point in the pregnancy, we should draw a line. At some point, it becomes infanticide. I'd say we should err on the side of life. I'd have no problem with a morning after pill that simply prevents implantation. But would absolutely oppose any abortions beyond 6-8 weeks perhaps even 4-6 weeks). Except in cases where the mother is in actual danger of dying, or severe fetal abnormalities,
     
  18. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    53,966
  19. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    25,817
    I think its a mass of cells, not a child.
     
  20. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,461
    Does that hold for the full nine months? I'd say that description is only accurate for a few weeks. As I said above (post 34), by 6 weeks your mass of cells has a brain and detectable brain waves. By 12 weeks it can move, make facial expressions, suck its thumb. It's acting a lot like a newborn. By 20 weeks it can recognize its mother's voice.

    Where do you draw the line? Surely you don't think something magical happens as the baby passes thru the birth canal? A nine month old "fetus" is different from a newborn only in its location.

    I say you've got 4-6 weeks to decide whether or not to kill the kid for any reason. After that, you'd better have a damned good reason (life of mother, severe fetal abnormalities, etc)

    PS My opinion is based entirely on the welfare of the child. At some point, it becomes a child. Once it is, you shouldn't kill it.
     
  21. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    16,126
    its not a baby unless it can be born with a reasonable lets say 70% chance of surviving with out a doctors help
     
  22. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,110

    Wait, but to a catholic using birth control is having an abortion, ohh but their views are different then yours so your views should apply to everyone.....I see.

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

     
  23. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    53,966
    I think you should be able to abort 4-6 weeks after the thing is born. Just like the Spartans. It isn't a child untill you give it a name.
     

Share This Page