reply to post by Stormdancer777
Thank you for those links, I'm grateful.
One difficulty is that there are several ways to look at this. Morally (religiously) there's not much question that abortion is murder.
Scientifically, as new facts and techniques come into existence, viability becomes earlier and earlier. Politically, politicians will do what will
keep them in office. (Not all, but perhaps a majority.) Legally, whatever the Court decides is what's right, and they are slow to move, also
appointed by the politicians.
The confusion arises because people choose whichever approach suits them best. At one extreme, a fertilized egg is a human. At the other extreme
there is the claim that it is not human until it is completely out of the woman's body. (Leading to "Partial-birth abortions.) Most other
positions are based on viability, which the Court said was 24 weeks, but Science is slowly reducing. Even the 24 week rule can be waived for the life
or health of the Mother. "Health" has been interpreted to mean just about anything, so a woman who predicts she will be seriously depressed or
stressed about the child is able to get an abortion on "health" grounds.
Back in '97 a bill was introduced saying "Abortions, Ok, but only for the first 24 weeks." It never passed.
I don't really understand why viability is the crucial test. It seems to be that could be applied on both ends of life. (Slap me silly, that may
happen. Obamacare is considering not covering end-of-life medical care if it's too expensive for the time of survival added.) And I still remember
Colorado Governor Lamm who said in 1984 "We've got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and
everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life."
I think viability is the test because it's seen as a compromise between the two positions, but in reality, viability can be ignored with a compliant
doctor accepting the "health" argument.
I would be happy if a law was passed setting personhood at 24 weeks. No exceptions. It's not perfect, but it's a good first step. What about life
of the Mother? You've got two people involved now, you save the one with the best chances, if they're both shaky and you can't save both. Isn't
that what we do now?
I'm sorry for the lecture, but I wanted to stop thinking about the ugly stuff and lose myself in a less emotional post.
P.s. I don't really like this post, but I don't think I'll delete it. Take me warts and all. - C -