Dark Avorian wrote:I'd love to say I feel the same way as most of the members of this forum and just come down hard on the side of pro-choice, but I can't. I may not agree, but I do not think it is crazy for someone to think that right to life trumps bodily autonomy[...]
I think, even if it might not help at all, we all need to just take a second, and realize that neither side is totally made of insane crazy bigots/demon-baby-killers. I think enough people have made thoughtful arguments for the pro-choice side that I don't have to reiterate them, but let me just say the others: pro-lifers think abortion is equivalent to murder, they think that this (whether generally or merely because pregnancy is unique) trumps bodily autonomy. Sure, talk about kidneys, parasites, whatever floats your boat, it doesn't change that they think that, and I may not agree, but I don't think it's crazy.
I used to be staunchly pro-life. I've participated in protests outside of Planned Parenthood offices. The pastor at the church I attended would show graphs comparing the number of people killed in various wars compared to the number of abortions. I'm now pro-choice. That is to say, I have been pretty exposed to the pro-life side.
22% of pregnancies (excluding miscarriage) in the US end in abortion. Of those, nearly 62% are aborted before 9 weeks, nearly 79% by week 10, and 88% by week 12 . So, generally, most abortions occur in the first trimester. To me, that makes discussions about late trimester abortions and partial birth abortions not worth talking about... although they are quite the lightening rod for inducing outrage. (as an aside, I think this video showing pregnancy through 9 weeks
might help frame what, exactly, is being aborted)
I see the pressure as multi-fold though. Many of the same groups that are against abortion also advocate abstinence-only sex education and are very much opposed to things like Plan B (since life begins at conception for this group). I much prefer treating teens as maturing adults who need to be educated on safe sex and what to do when things go south (e.g., condom breaking). To avoid this education is a disservice to the same kids we're tasking with taking on more control of their lives as they rapidly approach the age of majority.
But, anyway, back to abortions. If we assume we just outlawed abortions outright, that's hardly going to cause people to stop seeking them. Sure, the percentage may drop, maybe even significantly. However, the likelihood of complications arising from unsafe abortions is going to become a statistical problem. I'm going to refer to the Guttmarcher Institute on this also. They report 70,000 deaths a year due to unsafe abortions.
So, bottom line, for me, I'm choosing to fight to ensure women have safe access to abortion as denying that access is going to invariably lead to botched procedures and harm to at least some of them.
 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/ ... 2839.shtml