I understand your point, yet one must put forth the question of when a human body acquires a soul. Some say at the moment of conception, while others argue a soul is present when there is brain and brain stem activity. If there is no brain activity, as was the case of Terri Schiavo, "aint no one home". Btw, I personally agreed that Schiavo was looooong gone.
I don't believe this issue should be given any consideration from the perspective of law since there is no objective way of determining the answer to this question. Even our own theological tradition is unclear on this, some insist it's at conception, others have said in the past that it's 40 days after birth when the Churching takes place. But even if our theological tradition did directly address the issue, we have no right to codify a religious belief as law and force it on others.
What if a woman decides a month before birth that she no longer wants the child? Do you believe she has the right to abort the child, even if it is healthy and viable, with healthy brain activity?
I think that in this instance it would be wonderful if we could set up a means system where labour is induced and the child is cared for the best our medical technology allows and is given up for adoption when appropriate...provided such a system does not present undue difficulty to the woman. However, in the end, her right to remove the fetus from her body trumps the fetus' right to life, even if I would regard it as human at this point (which was the point of the whole 'home invaders' analogy I've been villainized for
I remember reading a news article about a woman who was in the middle of giving birth--at the end of nine months-- to twins. She was told she had to have a C-section in order to safely remove both babies, and this woman then decided to terminate one of the babies because she didn't want another C-section scar. Would you have supported this woman's decision to terminate so close to birth? Not trying to burn you at the stake--just getting ahold of your beliefs.
I find this decision to be very selfish and unfortunate on her part and certainly disagree with it on a moral level. However, with that said, I do not believe that the government has a right to force her to undergo a medical procedure, against her will, even in this case. As I said before, one's right to life ends when it becomes dependent on the abrogation of another's fundamental personal liberties. So while I do not support her decision, per se
, I do support her right to make this decision.
When do you personally believe a woman should not be allowed to abort her baby?
I do not believe that there is any time, under any conditions, when the state has the right to make this determination for a woman.
And, of course, I'm gonna ask the forbidden question: do you have any kids? Hey, "having a baby changes everything"...
Nope, not even close. But considering that 60 percent of women who have an abortion already have at least one child, I don't know how significant this really is.