posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 12:12 PM
IMHO, I would like to point out a few things:
1st, I believe that NO MAN should even be part of this debate, as it has nothing to do with a man's body. This is a women's health & morality
issue, and women should be the one's deciding it's outcome. To me, it would be no different if a group of women made up some law that said " all
men must have one testicle removed". Imagine that!
2nd, one of the sticking points in this arguement is a person's definition of life. Whenever I need a definition for a word, I consult my handy
Webster's Ninth New College Dictionary. The definition of life, according to Webster, is:
"1 a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the
distinctive quality of animate beings - compare VITALISM 1 c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to
stimuli, and reproduction".
When your are talking about a pre-formed human, whether it is a zygote, embyo, or fetus, I do not believe it qualifies as "life" by the definition.
It may be a "form" of life, but it is not "alive".
A fetus is neither vital, nor is it functional (and by that I mean fully functional - a fetus is an incomplete prototype tha cannot sustain itself,
even briefly, outside its pre-completion environment). A fetus is much more akin to a dead body than it is to a living human being. It displays no
quality of life as does an animate, living human, such as sustained independent respiration, consumption of food, or the ability to interact with its
environment. And while it may display the ability to grow and have a metabolism, and even react to stimuli, this can only happen via the neural
pathways and blood supply provided by the mother, to which the fetus is an integral part.
Surely there are moral questions that are called into play when a woman is faced with making a choice. This is a decision that can and will effect
that person's entire future, and the potential future for the possible new being. Let the woman make the choice and deal with the
consequences. It is her body (including the zygote/embyo/fetus) and if she can't control the form and function of her own body, even if it means
putting her own health at risk, can a woman in this country ever consider herelf to be free?
[edit on 8-7-2004 by Pyros]