All About Eve
It all started with a thread asking the question of whether the liberals in Boulder are stifling and suffocating conservatives with the passive threat of ostricization. But a side argument has set me off.
Let me begin by saying I am pro-choice, pro-abortion, anti-life, pro-fetus-killing, or however else you want to phrase it so it’s politically correct or not. I am not a woman. If you couldn’t tell, come find me and ask that I drop my pants. It’s not pretty, but it’s evidence enough for most people. I will never have to decide if I want an abortion, nor will I be allowed to decide if someone else has one. I can certainly try and persuade people one way or another, but I’m pro-choice, which means I don’t think it’s my place to convince people to have one or not have one. That being said, there are many arguments for and against abortion, and hopefully, I’ll get most of them. Please feel free to comment with others.
Life is the greatest gift we can give. Spare me. A life of suffering is no life at all. We can’t know if life will turn out good or bad for these people-to-be, but we can make an educated guess. A poor household of 7 in the city is not necessarily going to offer a good life. If a family cannot economically support themselves, the child is more likely to be abused and even killed according to studies done in the last 5 years.
Fetuses have a right to life. And women have a right to equal protection. I’m sure pregnancy can be a wonderful thing, but when I was born, I seriously fucked my mother up. She couldn’t have kids again. If it weren’t for medical science, she and I might both be dead. If I knew that my birth would’ve killed my mother, I would’ve preferred to be aborted. If the mother’s life is at risk, it’s not worth trying to save a child. The woman has already been born, and therefore deserves the rights she’s been given rather than having an unborn baby supersede that. There will always be other chances to have kids if the woman lives, and if she can’t, there’s always adoption.
Putting it up for adoption is a better option. For every adoption that works out, there’s 2 children that aren’t adopted. Couples want babies and children they can mold. They want healthy kids. The families that can actually afford to adopt generally will pay to see that it happens. This means that because of race, mental deficiency, anger management, and age, children up for adoption are often discriminated against. In addition, with the advent of in vitro and fertilization drugs, there are fewer families actually looking for children to adopt. The world population is growing exponentially, and even now, we don’t have the resources to support everyone just in the US. For adoption to be a viable option every time, we’d need to be living in a utopia.
Abortion is against God’s will. I’m an atheist. This country may have been founded by the religious, but it is not a religious issue. If you really think it is, lobby in your church, but leave us Godless or other goded people alone.
Fetuses are people too. For me, this is the most compelling argument against abortion. Does a fetus or embryo have rights? Children don’t. The law states that we can still legally beat our children, that they can’t complain, and that it’s our right as parents to apply discipline. While we can no longer put our kids to death (the last law was abolished sometime in the 1950s, I believe), we can still beat them to within an inch of death legally.
And going along with that:
It’s a baby, not a fetus Technically, until 2 weeks after fertilization, the “baby” is a zygote, morula, or blastocyte. Then it becomes an embryo until 9 weeks when it becomes a fetus until birth. Laws still state that you cannot have an abortion in the third trimester, though the “baby” is still a fetus and not a child. This further blurs things for me, so no longer is it a question of fetus or baby, but instead of cellular mass or person.
I don’t know when a human becomes goes from cellular growth to person. Is it the formation of a heart? Is it the formation of a brain? if we follow Descartes definition I think therefore I am, is it the beginnings of thought? I can’t remember when I was a fetus or if I could think, can you? I also can’t remember if I was thinking as a baby or even last week, so that argument may be moot. But regardless, pro-choice argues that the fetus, by living in a woman, acts as a parasite while pro-life argues it’s the woman’s responsibility to keep the “child” alive.
The way I see it, there’s a very simple solution. Fetal transferral. Let any pro-lifer take responsibility for the fetus and the child born after by transferring it from one woman’s body to hers. I’m not sure how scientifically feasible it is, but I guarantee that if it were possible, you would not have the same number of women stepping up and arguing against abortion. They don’t want those kids any more than the potential mothers do.
That’s it. I don’t have the energy to argue anymore…