What about people who use abortion as birth control?
I'm taking this to mean women who use abortion as a chronic method of terminating unwanted pregnancies. I don't know if there are any statistics out there on this kind of issue, but I do not believe laws should be... selective.
What I mean by that is, you can't say that abortion is okay, and then give a huge list of stipulations about when and how it is okay. All laws are, to some effect, selective (for example, the difference between homicide and murder is a matter of intent, as a bad example), but making abortion laws situational would make it hugely difficult on the part of hospitals and doctors to decide when each situation falls under "okay" and "not okay".
But I digress. For a simple answer - medically, I can't say that I am comfortable with the idea, but it is not my body. The women who do that - I would hope that they did not come to each decision to abort the fetus lightly.If you are okay with terminating the life because it's "on someone else's property" and "it isn't human yet"; how do you reconcile this with your view on animal rights? (i.e. fetus = not human = animal = animal murder)
The issues are unrelated - not human does not necessarily mean animal.
I am also not "okay" with terminating life because "it isn't human yet" - I'm not okay with terminating life, period, no matter how it happens. But nothing is so black and white, and abortion is one of those issues. I believe that there are situations when abortion might be the best choice for the mother... and I don't believe that it is my place to judge whether it is "right" or "wrong" or "okay" for her.Do you believe in a soul? If so, how can you know the unborn child doesn't have a soul?
Yes, I believe in the existence of souls. I can't know that an unborn child doesn't have a soul - only the gods can answer such a question.
If the unborn child does have a soul - do I believe that there are situations when being born might be a worse choice than terminating a pregnancy? Yes, I do. Maybe it's not unfair, to not give the baby a chance to be born - but just as things are most often NOT black and white, so there is nothing that is guaranteed.
I can only say this from personal opinion, but I would certainly weigh my ability to raise a child in a healthy and safe environment as one of the factors if I was considering abortion. Things like having a steady job, someone to take care of the baby with me, good prospects for the future, living in a safe neighborhood and a in a place with access to good schools... a baby is long-term, and I think the future needs to be taken into account. It's not just a matter of "you're killing something with a soul".Why should the woman get the decision solely on whether or not to abort the child, when the man is equally responsible if she chooses to keep it?
Because only the woman goes through the pregnancy.
That's not to say that men do not have a say
or an opportunity to voice their opinion - but ultimately, it is the mother who will be going through pregnancy and giving birth, along with the requisite potential complications and side effects.
But in MY (Warning Aiden does not speak for all men) case, I would support the mother of my child in whatever way I could. If she wants nothing to do with the child, she will have no future with me and after that is done, she can grant me sole custody and never talk to me and her child again.
Support or not, it's still the mother who has to go through the pregnancy. Whether or not I believe in abortion or agree about whatever ethics or morality discussions on the topic, I can say definitively that I support the woman's right to choose abortion.
No, it's not a sports injury. But it's also not just nine months of being pregnant.