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Originally posted by DrDragonfly
I do not think a simple answer exists to this question.
The soul can not be measured and therefor we can not know when it enters the body.
What I do wonder is, why does it matter when the soul comes into the body? After all, the soul is immortal in almost every religion. If our bodies die our souls will live on. In this way, abortion is not murder of the soul but only of the body.
To me, in the end of the day, the choice to have or not have an abortion, is strictly personal. Religious insights can help one with issues of the heart, but eventually one has to live with it's own choices and should therefor choose what is best resembling one's view in life.
Originally posted by Wyn Hawks
..."the soul" is a romantic notion, myth, folklore... i would give it no consideration in an abortion decision or anything else - except maybe philosophical discussions...
Originally posted by calmbutwary
I am pretty sure stem cells can be obtained through other means than abortion.
Science is a wonderful thing, but just because we CAN do something doesn't mean we should.