I echo the opinions expressed many times previously - abortion is an intensely personal experience that no one should be able to grant or prohibit from another. I do not know the exact moment at which a "fetus" becomes "person" - I don't think anyone currently alive can make that distinction. I think there are some questions we won't be able to answer until we are able to ask God.
My greatest difficulty in connection with this whole topic is with those who claim to be "pro-life" in the sense of wanting to forbid abortion under any circumstance for any reason, but they oppose making available funding and programs to enable teenage mothers to obtain child care so they can finish school, work at more than a subsistence wage, find housing in neighborhoods that provide opportunities to build lifestyles that won't contribute to a continuation of pattern.
I agree totally with #9 in that society needs to educate all about the range of options pre- and post pregnancy to ensure that enlightened and informed decisions are made around the creation of human life.
I think we do need to acknowledge that men/boys need to be part of this education process and, where possible, with the decisions surrounding a pregnancy and the choices involved. After all, it takes two, and fathers have a responsibility and connection with their offspring too. Abortion, or any decision involving pregnancy, can and does affect fathers too.
When we look at abortion as a right or wrong issue, we do females a disservice. What about the mother of three whose life is threatened by a pregnancy. Should she die, she leaves three children without a mother. What about the 9 year old who gets raped by her mother's boyfriend and finds herself pregnant at 10(and yes it did happen.) Should she be forced to continue the pregnancy? What about the women who continue to get pregnancy and abort the fetuses? Should they have that right?
In my opinion, it does not matter whether a society is generally more pro-life or pro-choice nor whether abortions are legal or illegal (at whatever stage of the pregnancy). History has proven that women who want an abortion will find a way get one.
Rather than debate the pro-choice vs. pro-life issue (which seems futile at best), when this discussion has come up in my classroom, I have said, and will continue to say, the most important thing is that the woman is well educated about all of her options, and about the physical and psychological effects of whatever choice she makes.
Unfortunately, I think this subject is so often a close-door discussion that young girls in situations of unplanned pregnancies make hasty decisions out of fear and (for lack of a better term) ignorance.
There can be few issues that are more sensitive than abortion; and ones preferences and attitudes are and must remain intensely personal. As is the case with the death penalty, it is fertile ground for passionate debate; however at the end of the day, no minds will have been changed. This is not to say that some common ground may not be reached. It was Herder who said that the thesis and antithesis create the thesis.
Having pontificated enough, my personal opinion is that, although abortion is a draconian remedy, it is equally draconian to eliminate it in all instances. I share completely in the sentiments expressed in Post 6 above, that there are instances where it is both proper and necessary; but it should be the woman or family, not the government to make that decision. We have gone past the "three generations of imbeciles is enough" stage.
I distinctly dislike the labels/slogans "pro-life" and "pro-choice". This is a complex personal and social issue and I don't think people's viewpoints can be so easily pigeonholed into convenient definitions of sentiment.
My wife and I decided before we ever got married not to have children, but also decided we would never abort a child. That was our decision.
But whether it is legal or not, abortions will happen. They have, throughout human history, and no law would stop that. I would rather they were legal and as safe as possible than illegal and underground.
I too would say that abortion is a very personal decision. What I think is important about abortion is what psychologists see in regards to the long-term psychological effects of having an abortion. When abortion seems like the only option or the best option, I woman may have one and think that the worst is over, but studies have shown that the act leaves lingering emotional scars that some women never truly recover from. I think women who are considering an abortion need to be counseled about this ultimate side-affect.
I don't like the idea of abortion, but I don't trust a lot of the people who are pro-life either. So I'm very much stuck in the middle.
I think that abortion as a form of birth control is a bad thing. I think that people should be more careful so as not to cause unwanted pregnancies. I don't feel that a fetus (especially in, say, the first trimester) is truly human life. However, it clearly is a potential human life and shouldn't be cut off just because it's inconvenient. So I don't like abortion and I wish it were less common.
But I don't trust a lot of pro-life people either. I think that some of them are anti-woman and want women to stay more "in their place." I think that some of them wouldn't mind if the government prevented the use of contraceptives as well. In other words, I see some pro-lifers as extremists.
So, I don't completely like either side in this debate.
abortion is just wrong because this is not what a person does.
it is human nature. people dont understand what a life means
4) The human womb rejects upto 50% of all fertilised eggs. 50% of all unborn babies are rejected by the mother's womb. It's called 'miscarriage' and it is much much more common than most people think. I don't mean the fertilised egg slipped through or that they didn't manage to embed... they are KICKED OUT by the womb. So... If your objection to abortion is a religious objection, you should first try to explain why God created a process that purposefully aborts upto HALF of the world's children. I'm sorry, but those are the facts.
This topic is very well-trodden and the comments reflect that. Having read the posts, I would like to add the following...
1) Everyone on this thread has said it is a deeply divisive and personal issue... therefore it should be upto the individual to choose. Abortions should be available for those who want them. Nobody is forced to have an abortion. Let them individual choose.
2) Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It drives it underground and forces women to get dangerously poor healthcare provision.
3) America is the world's leading super power, no matter what you think of abortion, it is NOT the most pressing issue facing the human race. But this topic dominates American elections in a way that is simply ridiculous. Mostly that is because of religious people continously forcing it on the agenda. There are real, living children dying in their millions from poverty-related problems, but they are ignored. The planet is dying from pollution, but that is ignored. America spends MUCH too much time on the issue of abortion. THERE ARE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD!
Abortion is the worst decision a couple should ever take.It is different in other cases like rapping or crossing the age-limit for pregnancy.Killing a poor unborn child is the worst crime ever!!
Abortion is a big debate, especially where to consider yourself as Pro-Life, or Pro-Choice.
I can't really say I'm either.
If it is used as a form of birth control, to me it is wrong. There are other options than to kill the child yet unborn, like adoption.
When it comes to Pro-Choice, depending on the situation, I think that it's fine, as long as it's something the mother and father of the child both talk and think long and hard about it. There are some cases where I can understand why abortion is the only option, but I'd rather it be adoption to abortion.
I think abortion is a very personal decision for a woman. I don't really think this issue is black and white. While I don't think that life begins at conception, I don't agree with late term abortions. I do believe that there should be availability of the option of abortion in the first trimester. There should be options for all women for abortion whether by the "morning after" pill or through traditional methods.
We have to understand that many times women find themselves in a situation where a child is just not a good option. Ideally, these women could have the child and place it for adoption. The real solution to this problem is to have available birth control options for all women. While I understand the concept of abstinence, given the number of teenage pregnancies it seems more appropriate to educate young woman on birth control and allow them access to needed contraceptives