Abortion, the death penalty, and euthanasia
First I ask what your opinion is on each of these and then for an explanation as to why you take that stance.
Abortion for the most part I am against this. I believe that an abortion is murder. I also believe that life starts at conception simply because if
left alone the embryo will grow into a fetus and further into a child if nature allows. Nature normally only causes a miscarriage or still birth if
something happens throughout the pregnancy.
Of course I have heard the parasite issue many times and it does not hold water with me. The reason for this is that young children and many older
adults (not to mention unforeseen life issues for those in between) are just as helpless as a fetus in a womb. I have heard the argument that a child
or others can be taken care of by others, while this is true the truth is they still require someone to take care of them regardless of who it is.
Meaning they cannot survive without care making them in a sense no better than a parasite.
I have also heard the argument that animals often kill or leave for dead young that will not survive on their own (funny how when humans want
something they point to what animals do, yet we try to be civilized). Animals also do things such as kill rivals, mates, and those who would harm the
herd should we start doing that as well, legally? What about the fact that some animals eat their own feces? Does that sound appetizing? There are
cases though were animal let young live that need extra help or that will certainly die more easily in nature (in our town right now there is an
albino deer that roams the neighborhoods in a more wild area it would certainly die by predator quickly). I have seen animals born with three legs,
when it is supposed to have four and the mother cares for it just the same. Just because animals do it does not mean people should, while we are
animals are we not supposed to be a higher life form? I agree that not everyone is above animal instincts, but that does not make it right. Animals
and humans are different regardless of how much people want to point to things animals do that humans want to do.
If we are to allow abortion at what point should we have a stopping point? The average pregnancy last 40 weeks any born before that is considered
There are cases of children being born as early as 21 weeks and surviving.
My first son was still born at 22 weeks and he was certainly a small human. He had fingers and toes, eyes and a nose. His brain was formed (still
growing but that happens for years after birth as well). My second son was born at 32 weeks and is a very healthy pain in the rear that I love.
Knowing that children have been born at 21-37 weeks and survived, we can say that a fetus at this point is a child. Some may take more medical
treatment to survive than others but they still could survive. There are many adults who have required medical treatment to survive. Does this make
them any less human?
By week 5 the baby’s brain and heart is developing. At week 7 their face starts to develop.
Should there be a limit or should we just allow for abortions as long as the woman wishes it to be done. If we allow for them at any point this is the
results we can expect to see.
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Partial birth abortions depending on where you read are considered to take place from 18-20 weeks on up.
This despite the fact that fetuses can feel pain as early as 8 weeks.
Though there were studies that say even later.
Strange though considering a child can be born at 21 weeks or more and still live and feel pain when born. I guess it is some magic trick that when
you exit the womb you can suddenly feel pain? I highly doubt the validity of the third trimester claim myself, if for no other reason than premature
I will reluctantly agree that at times there might be need for an abortion for the sake of the mother and possibly for the sake of the child (again I
am reluctant to go say it though I will). I have seen and personally know people who doctors have said their child would be in some horrible condition
when born and would be unhealthy for life. Those very people chose to keep the baby despite what the doctors recommended. Those same people now have a
healthy baby boy that never was in any real danger like the doctors thought. He had a few operations for some issues but has actually been healthy the
whole time. The doctors were wrong; yes the doctors were very wrong.
I think the worst is when someone uses abortion as a form of birth control. I would rather the child be put up for adoption. If put up for adoption
the mother will not have to worry about how to care for the child as someone else will. In some cases you could even find people that would gladly pay
the bills surrounding the birth if they could adopt the child.
I am against abortion. But if it is to be done let it happen no later than 5-7 weeks along. I hate even saying that but being that humans will be
humans and seek it regardless lets allow it to a certain point for the sake of the child.
Continued in next post.
[edit on 10/8/09 by Raist]