Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Abortion Question

In response to your question: 'How can it be assured that as many pregnancies as possible are wanted pregnancies so that abortions are as rare as possible?' I tend to side with the comment by 'Maddie Dog' who said:

'Wanted'? Well, if the early preg. is carried full term then it is wanted. If aborted (early) then it is not wanted.'
Your question, you see, carries the implication that abortion is wrong (murder or whatever you want to call it). I can't buy that argument because of the overriding implication that it's any of your (or my) business what a woman does with HER potential child in HER body.

A line should have been drawn long ago -- and was in fact drawn by the Supreme Court -- its called Roe v. Wade. My philosophy: If a child is born its not your child, not my child and not society's child (unless its being neglected or abused). Likewise, if a child is aborted its still not anyone's child except the mother's and still noone's business (except the mother's).



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My attempt, in posing the question, was to be as free of bias and moral judgement as possible. I think I did pretty well. One does not have to think of abortion as murder in order to consider it a good thing that there be as few unwanted pregnancies as possible. Abortion should not be the first or only option to limiting unwanted pregnancies. Exploring other, less invasive and destructive options is the intent of our discussion.

Many of those who post and comment here are of the opinion, as you are, that a fetus is a potential child but not all agree. I am among those who believe that a fertilized egg is a human being who ought to be afforded the same right to life that is afforded every other human being but I specifically excluded such judgements from the question and from my post on the topic.

This is the reason that I and others are concerned about abortion, particularly when it is used as a back-up form of birth control for people who just want sex without the consequences of a new life on their hands. I recognize that there are legitimate reasons for some abortions; back-up birth control is not one of them. People who think themselves old enough and responsible enough for activities that may result in pregnancy need to be willing to take responsibility for the new life that may result. This is my opinion. As I discuss in my post, I believe people need as much acurate information as is possible in order to make informed birth control choices.

1/11/2005 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Craig R. Harmon said...

The above comment was mine. It accidentally got posted anonymously.

1/11/2005 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig - so you are not really talking about wanted pregnancies, so much as planned pregnancies, is that possibly a better way to understand what you're saying?

Whymrhymer - I see faulty logic in your argument because there are many pregnancies that are carried full term in which the mother really does not want her child at all but just doing it because she either sees no other alternative or because she didn't get into the abortion clinic early enough. On the opposite side, there are many moms who long to carry a baby to term but for some reason miscarry or have a stillborn baby even. What's the answer for that? I don't see it.

And I do believe it's the business of other people what a woman chooses to do to her unborn child - if she is not willing or able to raise it, there are many people who are - perhaps even a relative of the mother. If not there are thousands of couples our there willing to adopt a child who is not wanted - what say do they have? Why does "mom" get to be so selfish as to choose whether another life can live out it's days or not? I just don't get it.

1/12/2005 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Craig R. Harmon said...

Well, I'm not sure that a pregnancy has to be planned to be wanted. While planned and wanted pregnancies are often terminated for reasons of medical necessity, that is not within the scope of the question. Within the scope of the question, it is unwanted, not necessarely unplanned, pregnancies that abortions are sought as a remidy. Therefore, my discussion addressed unwanted pregnancies.

1/12/2005 10:25:00 AM  

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