I've been watching Battlestar Galactica. I've just gotten to the end of the second series, so NO spoilers on later episodes please! Anyway, there was an interesting abortion hypothetical raised, and here it is:
The human population is down to less than 50,000. People are dying of all the usual things, but are also being killed in combat as humanity is at war with the Cylon race who are trying to wipe us out. If humanity is to survive, our numbers have to increase. Basically, people need to have babies. Lots of babies.
Under these circumstances, should abortion be banned? What about contraception? How do we balance a woman's right to physical autonomy with the survival of the species?
Discuss. I'll give my thoughts a bit later on.
Edited 1/13/2009 7:01 am ET by lianne_67