Matt Z wrote:
Meanwhile, my personal views on abortion are as follows ... Life begins at conception. That isn't a religious belief, it's a scientific fact. Exactly when that life becomes a person is a matter of opinion, so I can understand the argument for allowing abortions in the very early stages of development (although personally I'm against all elective abortions). Elective abortions performed in the late stages of development are another matter entirely. A nine-month-old fetus is a baby, and I don't see how anyone can argue in favor of legalized infanticide.
Actually life starts BEFORE conception. Sperm are certainly alive. Eggs are sort of alive. They are dormant, but still viable genetic material. Every time a guy cums 300 million babies die. The bacteria in my intestines that help digest my food are alive too. My immune system is murdering viruses by the millions too. Yes I know it's silly.
There are a bunch of trees in my back yard. They could become a house, but nobody is going to give me $100K for them.
Abortion in early stages? I think that proves my point about you not understanding because you are from PA. Here in MO any republican voter would think you are total baby killing pinko bed wetting liberal.
I don't agree with elective 2nd trimester abortions personally. But I am not going to tell woman what she can and can't do with her body, or how much risk is too much. Nor do I want to create a black market.
Abortion is NOT a lightly made decision. The girl is going to have to live with that the rest of her life. It is something she will never feel good about. It will always hurt. But it still might be the right thing for her to do.
What we need to do is prevent it with contraceptives and proper sex education. conservatives out here appose that by the way.