posted on Jan, 15 2013 @ 03:09 PM
Why is abortion not murder?....
Like all things legal it comes down to what the state has to say it is the state who define “murder” and “abortion” in some states their
definition of “murder” does include the act of abortion yet in most western states abortion and murder are not the same even although both involve
the killing of another living being.
The reason has to do with the idea of sentience, that is to say when one becomes self-aware and develops consciousness. An unfertilised ovum or a
spermatozoa cell is not self-aware it is just a cell, like a skin cell, the same can be said of a Zygote that is to say the cell formed when a ovum is
fertilised by a sperm and again it is not self-aware. Likewise the embryo itself is not self-aware; neither is the foetus itself and so on.
Essentially the argument is that the unborn child does not know it is a living being and as such is not “human”.
This is a highly controversial argument because science has found it difficult to determine when exactly a foetus becomes sentient. When a child is
born the baby is not self-aware, it can feel pain, hunger and can smell its mothers milk but it is not self-aware according to some scientists the
actions of the child are driven by instinct it is unable to interpret emotional impulse and makes not conscious choices.
The controversy arises when one takes the view that abortion is just because the child is not sentient because when taken to extremes the argument
becomes very muddy, on the one hand proponents of this argument could say that because a 2 month old baby is not sentient it is just to kill the
child. Likewise those who take the view that the child has the ability to develop a consciousness and as such abortion is wrong fall into a similar
trap. That would mean that they are saying any cell that has the potential to produce life should be regarded as life, which would make contraception
and masturbation murder at the most extreme end of the argument.
It is up to the individual really what end of this argument they chose to take, for some it is a religious believe and others would say why is it
right that the rights of the child are second to the rights of the mother. The problem with that argument is that the answer is simple, the mother is
self-aware and the foetus is not. Then there are others who say that abortion is a necessary evil in society because without it birth rates would
surpass the limit of population which the state and society can support.
I am personally against abortion however I would not presume to judge or ridicule those who are “pro-abortion” that is their choice. My reasons
for being against abortion are religious therefore my attitude is that it is for God to judge if those who advocate abortion are wrong or not.