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|Tue, 05-01-2007 - 6:55pm|
I think that one thing that everyone can agree on here, is that abortion is one of the hot topics of the day that can rile everyone up. I hope that we can all maintain our civility - because I am about to say some things that people generally don't agree with here.
There are a few things to establish before one can enter into the abortion debate. The first of which - is there a right answer to this problem. Well, most people would say no. Everyone has "the answer that is right for them." Well then I would ask you, why are you even debating this. If every discussion ultimately comes down to "it doesn't matter anyway. You do what you want and I'll do what I want." Why are you even wasting each other's time? There is no point to discussion unless someone is right. Therefore, there is truth and that truth is objective and can be found by the human mind.
The second big issue is whether or not the fetus is human or not. I would say that it is absolutely human because of all the reasons that we have all heard before. It has a heartbeat, it has movement, it has characteristics and physiological aspects that can only be attributed to humans.
But is it a person? Well, that's a stupid question because a human is a person and a person is a human. At what point do we separate the two? If you look up "person" in the dictionary the very first definition is "human." Where did we get the idea that these two ideas can be differentiated?
Even if this doesn't convince you... you have to admit the logic of this next arguement. There are four possibilities here:
The fetus is human and we know it.
The fetus is human and we don't know it
The fetus is not human and we don't know it
The fetus is not human and we know it.
If the fetus is a human and we know it, then what right do we have to take the life of another human being? This country is constantly talking about rights and political correctness and not offending any group of people, and yet they are prejudice against a critical group of people: our offspring. Apparently, our offspring are subhuman. Apparently the government has the right to decide that if a woman wants to take the life of her child it's ok, because that child is not human. How is that any different from Hitler deciding that Jews were not human and that anyone who wanted to kill them could. How is that any different from slave owners who decided that black people were not human and they could be beaten and abused. Does our country not raise up against these terrible views and fight bloody wars to stop the inhumane activity. Why then is it better to say that an infant child is not human and can be killed on a whim?
However, if this fetus is human and we don't know it..or if the fetus is not human and we don't know it, how irresponsible is it to decide to take our chances? That is the same thing as someone tearing down a building without checking to make sure it is empty first.
The only way that abortion would be at all acceptable is if the fetus is not human and we know it. I would challenge each and every one of you to prove to me that this fetus is not human. And I want something besides, "well it's just a medical fact" or "everyone can decide for themselves." When I have proof that has been shown through repeated experiments and proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, I will renounce my views. But that will never happen, because a human is a human and a person and has constitutional rights to life and protection from violence.
Abortion is wrong. Under all circumstances. There are times when a woman is expecting and it is a terrible ordeal. I understand the devastation that comes from rape that results in pregnancy and I understand that sometimes a woman's life is in danger. But there are many ways to work around these other than committing another disgraceful act.
Please be polite in your responses. =)