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|Tue, 06-17-2003 - 3:12pm|
And then there is the argument of killing an innocent child. I won't argue that a fetus is a life in progress, but not necessary a life. Starting to form organs or a heartbeat doesn't qualify as life to me. Life involved a thinking, feeling individual who can survive on its own. I see so many arguments asking "how can death be the best option rather than adoption?" well, in order to experience death one must experience life, which a fetus has not. It will not feel itself dying or feel sadness, it will just be prevented from further developement. A fetus has no sense of death say unlike a real child or a mother who has to choose between her life and that of a fetus.
And then there's the argument about god. I'm atheist, so those arguments hold no value to me. I don't mean to generalize here, but its been my experience that those who are pro-life by way of religious teachings are also very narrowminded when it comes to actual life. Anti-gay, anti-interracial, and a good many others. Its hard to take people seriously who will fight til the death concerning a fetus's "life" but condem others for living their own lives how they see fit. One thing i can't stand is hypocrites.
This is getting long,so i'll try and wrap things up here. I'm a realist and i do understand that death is a part of life. Not everything can have the chance for a full life. Sometimes death is fair and sometimes it isn't, sometimes its a choice and other times it isn't. I accept other people's choices as long as they face the consequences. Some people choose to have sex along with choosing to use as much protection as possible, and when that fails, they should have the choice to do what they want during the pregnancy. There shouldn't be a line drawn as to where choice ends. Believe me, abortion is not the easy way out, the mother will live with that her whole life. But I realize there are people out there who choose not to use protection and use abortion as a means of birth control. Luckily, that is not the majority. Many people abuse prescription drugs, does that mean the government should ban them all? No. There will always be extremes, but the choice should remain because there are people out there in emergencies and shouldn't be denied the treatment they seek.