posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:11 PM
Originally posted by milominderbinder
However...let's say a fetus DID have choices. I'm pretty sure the fetus ALSO wouldn't choose to be born a parent(s) that were too poor to care for
it or would resent it for the balance of their lives. Likewise, I'm guessing not many fetuses would CHOOSE to bounced around to a smattering of
foster homes and orphanages and be raised by "The System".
The other party in this equation is the woman. She has a choice. One that actually makes sense. To cut a long story short no one has a right to
someone elses bodily resources, blood, bone marrow, kidneys heart etc. even if they're culpable for the other person requiring it.
For example, if one person was suffering from leukemia, and another person was the only available match in a given time and distance value who had
suitably matching blood marrow for donating, the first person's "right to life" would not obligate the second person to provide her bone marrow
without consent. Even if we bring responsibility into it and acknowledge fault, they might be thrown in jail or pay with their wallet, they don't
"pay" for it by being forced to give up their organs or blood. A historical precedent that dates to 1900 in this country. Pregnant women shouldn't
be held to a double standard.
Secondly, the woman's body caused
a situation which only benefited
the fertilized egg - by bringing it into existence. So no
obligations can be derived from it, particularly in it's brainless state. Much like pro-lifers ignore those same fertilized eggs in IVF clinics.
Originally posted by disgustingfatbody
reply to post by LaborofLove
I think the soul is infinite whether it is contained in a body or not.
We are not murdering souls. I believe they simply await another vessel.
Did you know, following the discovery of fertilization, the debate about abortion within the church tipped in favor of its now familiar position that
human life begins at conception. That was only around 160 years ago.
Before then the prior view (within the Church) was that the fetus did not acquire a soul until later in pregnancy. Here's the interesting part.
Ensoulment was said to occur funnily enough when the legal limit for having an abortion is up today. Who would've thunk it.
Not to say abortion was morally right thing to do, but it certainly wasn't murder. For example in the Jewish faith who are notorious for keeping
tradition, women can get an abortion but they need to see a Rabbi or something and it can't be late term.