reply to post by FlyersFan
I understand what you are saying, and I speak as a scientist here:
The trend is indeed that NICU units are capable of taking care of severely premature babies now, and that limit may continue up to a certain point.
In my personal opinion, I don't think a baby will survive pre-18 weeks. However I may well be wrong, and at that time my views will change.
However at the smallest, most primordial levels, I don't think science will conclusively prove that there is a life force in fetuses. "Life" itself
is immensely problematic to characterise... there is a constant debate about life and sentience. We can see the building blocks of life as essentially
"living" even by themselves. For example, you could look at a single human cell as containing the potential for life, or as living itself (indeed,
via cloning it could be). Thats why at the cellular level, I see nothing special in a fetus.
Its why I will always be firmly in support of embryonic stem cell research, and for the availability of post-conception drugs (morning after pill).
As for abortion, my personal views will keep changing in accordance with new information. My social views will always lend themselves to personal
freedom and choice.