If late term abortions were illegal

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If late term abortions were illegal
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 10:06pm
except for medical reasons would that satisfy some PLrs? I'm curious because although I'm absolutely PC, I am also absolutely against abortion after 24 weeks. In fact, I think I could comfortably say I'm against abortion after 20 weeks. That's five full months to decide and to get to a doctor to have an abortion.

My question is this, would that be enough for some PLrs? Are there any of you out there who would honestly settle for that?

My other question is actually to folks who are PC. Would you, like me, be afraid that seriously restricting abortion after say 20 weeks (even though I disagree with abortion after 20 weeks), would create a "slippery slope" for the PL groups out there to work on eroding *all* rights to choose?

I ask this because of what I saw around the Lacey Peterson case. I thought it was obvious why Scott Peterson could be charged for double murder, without too much concern for the PL movement jumping on the "all fetus's and embryo's have to have rights if this 9 months old fetus did" bandwagon. But, I was wrong. May PLrs, including many on this board, tried to link that case to electively aborting a say 7 week old fetus. Saying that the abortion doctor was a "murderer" just as Peterson may be.

So...are there any PLrs out there who would agree to just that restriction? PCrs who would too?


MM 29 weeks, 4 days pregnant w/Twins

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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 10:16pm
Honestly, no. I might settle for 12 weeks, not 20. But I still feel that abortion is legalized murder so it's hard to say I would settle. Also the restriction would have to be that the mother's physical well being must be at serious risk. Not for lesser things which fall under the current "health" standard. And fetal anomolies must be such that a fetus simply would not live out of the womb, that the mother is the only reason the fetus is still alive.

Kim 

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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 10:38pm
wow..when i got my abortion, i was told it had to be done within 3 months of conception. thats what 12 weeks? either we have stricter laws here, or i had stricter doctor.....

angel
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 11:07pm
I thought about this and while I would rather see abortions done as early as possible, how can I settle or compromise on the life of any human being no matter how small they are?
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 11:23pm
I would only consider it a step in the right direction, which is probably the last thing you would want the PL to think. Just being honest.

 

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 12:28am
No, I have to say, I would in no way be satisfied with something like that. A life is a life, at 24 wks gestation, or at 2. There is no middle ground here. Though I can say that late term abortions can in no way be termed as humane, and of course they should be 100% illegal WRT a healthy fetus and mother. But I in no way feel that this would put an end to any part of the PL movement. You cannot compromise on when to end a life. Don't end it at all, is the only solution. --->Dawn
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 9:28am
It might be better than what we have now, but no I wouldn't be satisfied. I'd still think we were being inconsistent. -- Kao
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 9:49am
I am PC. I believe it is every woman's right to choose. I do find myself sliding more toward PL but right now, I still believe in the right to choose.

That being said, I am with you...5 months to decide is PLENTY of time. I agree with the 20 week thing...after that, the right to choose should be diminishedand should allow abortions only in very extreme cases

Weather you agree with "life begins at conception" or not, after 5 months, It gets increasingly difficult to argue that that child is alive and growing. I have said (though I'm not sure how reasonable it is) that there should be no abortions after the first trimester. I realize some women might not even know they are pregnant then but....

Anyway, I am a PCer that would choose life in just about all cases. But for those that are PC and would choose to have an abortion under certain circumstances, I believe that imposing a 5 month (20 week) limit does not intrude on your right to choose.

Mel

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 11:04am
It appears that so far pl agrees, while it would be *better* than what we have now, we wouldn't *settle*. A life is a life.
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 1:08pm
Thanks for the honest answer Munchies. I'm not surprised. I know how you feel about abortion and though I absolutely disagree with you, I respect your opinion. I can also see that given how you feel, it would be very difficult for you to settle for more restrictions, but not the serious restrictions you've outlined.

MM

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 1:12pm
I don't know where you live, or when you had your abortion. Generally though, elective abortion is legal in most states, up till 24 weeks.

Anyway, did you want to answer the question?

MM

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