As one of the most controversial topics in our society today, abortion often lends itself to rhetoric, hate, name-calling, and even murder. This is no-doubt, a touchy one.
First of all, we should stop the nonsense of “pro-abortion.” There is no such thing. That is a name used by the “pro-lifers” to make it sound like the “pro-choice” people enjoy killing babies. It’s slander. No one enjoys it. It’s just a matter of who we are going to violate. I’ll explain in a moment.
I may surprise many of you with my stance on abortion, being an Atheist. Many of my Atheist constituents may disagree with me. I'm not sure, as we hardly talk about this, but I'd be interested to know how the other Atheists feel as well.
But as I always do, I must approach it from an objective and logical standpoint with a consequentialist view of morality.
First of all, it is more than obvious that a baby growing inside a mother is far greater than just an extension or thing inside that woman. It is a life, and should be protected as such. I won't even entertain that debate, no more than I would entertain the stork theory of birth. It’s not a pimple, it’s not a tumor. It’s a child.
In short, we cannot get around the fact that stopping a heart is ending a life. Aborting a child with a heartbeat is killing that child. I could never do it.
The unfortunate thing about the topic of abortion is, someone's human rights will be violated either way.
Although there is a life growing inside that mother, pregnancy is still a medical condition. Making a law that prohibits a woman from having control over correcting a medical condition that is affecting her, is also violating her rights. If we allow her to terminate the pregnancy, we are allowing her to violate the rights of the unborn child. It's truly a sad occasion because it affects the human rights of two individuals with one single law, and I wish it was never a problem.
Unfortunately, it is.
I cannot support or endorse abortion, but I also cannot support a law that would violate the rights of one's own medical choices.
I know what you're thinking... what about the baby's choice!? I understand--but the one difference is, a baby has no conscious. They are not floating around in there thinking in a baby voice “I hope no one kills me” with their lip perked out. A child can't even begin to store things in their long term memory until the age of 4 or 5, just to put it into perspective.
So it seems that because the adult woman is looking at us with a conscious, it's easier to side with her. Knowing that the child is not feeling pain, and is not yet aware of it’s own existence, somehow makes it easier in the mind of society to terminate the pregnancy than to make the woman suffer though a condition that she doesn’t want to. That shouldn't always be the case, because a person having a lack of memory shouldn't necessarily open them up to torment at will, but a person not wanting to suffer through a pregnancy after a rape should also not have to endure that suffering.
To sum it up, here’s my opinion on the matter: I do not think that terminating a pregnancy within the first few weeks should be considered murder as in holding someone criminally responsible. However, the extremely late-term abortions are disgusting to me. While I do not think that life begins at conception, I understand that there is more than just a ‘growth’ happening there, and I can’t fully support abortion. Primarily, I don’t think that abortions should be used as birth control of the irresponsible women in our culture.
However, I also can’t support a law prohibiting abortion because it would infringe on the medical rights of the pregnant mother. It’s definitely a difficult topic to discuss, so I will open it up to you now.