The Abortion Debate

This will come as a shock to probably everyone, but there are some social issues where the Left and the Right have equally-valid points in how they regard. That such list is small, but there are some things nonetheless where this applies. Abortion, I believe, is at the top of this list.

Abortion is both a woman’s choice AND it is murder.

This issue is also one of my many proofs that the Right has just as many SJW’s as the Left, where if you disagree with them, they deem you a bad person. The Right says that if you’re pro-choice, you advocate for the murder of children and are therefore evil. I disagree, but not entirely.

I don’t consider sperm to be people. I don’t consider ovum (woman eggs) to be people. And even when you put them together, that still doesn’t immediately make it a person. A person has thoughts, memories, feelings, senses, and most importantly, a body. I used to believe and say that the first trimester is the most ethical time to have an abortion. Technically, that’s still true. But, I thought this because I thought the fetus is still just a bunch of dividing cells at that point … until I discovered the simple fact that I was wrong. I’m no expert, but from what I know, it seems that the baby has a body from the moment you learn you’re pregnant, for the most part.

Now, I believe that no matter when you do it, abortion is still murder. And yet, there’s a certain factor that the Right doesn’t take into account. The woman.

I believe that no matter what, men and women both have the full rights to their bodies, whether that’s self-mutilation, adding piercings or tattoos, or even committing suicide. It’s your body, and your body should be the one domain you have total control over, man or woman. This extends to life forms in your body as well.

Did you know you have bacteria in your body right this second that are not genetically part of you? They’re not part of you, they’re just in you. They help you survive, so it’s wise to keep them there. But, if you wanted them gone, you have that right. After all, we invented antibiotics, didn’t we? Sometimes we do choose to get rid of other life forms within our bodies. So, there’s nothing unethical about killing those kinds of life within us, but it’s unethical to kill a person that hasn’t fully formed yet?

This is the gray area I was talking about at the beginning. Abortion is almost entirely a gray-area issue. Our bodies belong to us. Without that basic right, what could be left for us to call our own? If we allow the Right to tell us we HAVE to grow and birth every single baby that gestates in women’s wombs, what’s to stop them from demanding other things, logically? Make even one exception to an absolute, and it’s no longer an absolute. Our bodies belong to us. That should be absolute. But if we allowed right-wingers to revoke the right to end gestation within our own bodies, of any kind, then that leaves the door open for them to make other demands. Even left-wingers. Even governments, religious groups, or just ordinary communities. Soon, we could start ordering people to either have abortions, or order them to get pregnant. We could order women to get pregnant multiple times, or we could force them to terminate every pregnancy they ever have (or just sterilize them whether they want to be parents or not).

I’m not saying outlawing abortions would be a slippery slope in one direction or the other… But, at the same time, it does make other things possible in regards to our own bodies as human beings. I say it’s safest, wisest, and most ethical to make this human right absolute. We decide as individuals what we do or don’t want to remain in our bodies or not; no exceptions.

And yet, abortion is still murder…

I don’t have an objective solution to this conundrum. It’s virtually a paradox. So, perhaps in circumstances like this, where there is no correct answer, you choose the answer that is least wrong. And what would that be? Contraception? Sterilization? Hysterectomies and vasectomies? Punishing those who have kids? Allowing abortions? Banning abortions? Forcing abortions?

We, as a species, have tried all of these options throughout history. We’ve allowed all the above, and we’ve forced all the above. No matter what we do, there’s something wrong about it, for the examples I’ve listed so far. Additionally, a child could be the result of a rape, and the woman may not want a walking reminder of what happened to her, nor would the child want to know they were the result of a violent attack. Childbirth could put a mother at serious personal risk, or her womb may not be capable of gestating a baby properly and thus cause the child lifelong physical/mental damage.

My point with all this is… There are many good reasons to be either pro-choice or anti-abortion. Whichever end of the spectrum someone may fall, I can’t really blame them for that. The only time I’m in outright opposition to an abortion is when the act is celebrated (which does happen), or when the pregnancy was obviously really far along. The only time I’m in outright opposition to a pregnancy going through to completion is when the mother knows her womb has problems that could cause lifelong damage to her baby (which does happen, and I’ve witnessed this in my personal life).

Allow abortions or outlaw them? There is no correct answer.

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3 Comments

  1. I think it’s neither about murder or women’s choice;
    If the pregnancy is before an early cut off date (it’s different in different states/countries based on legislation), then the fetus has not begun development of consciousness or central nervous system (which just means there are no pain receptors or ability to feel anything). According to current science (which was left out of this piece for some reason), the lower boundaries of sentience (consciousness and ability to feel pain) begin to develop around 20 weeks. Therefore an early term abortion (which the cutoff date for in my opinion should be 18 weeks gestation, though statistically the vast majority happen way, way earlier than that) is ethical because there is no suffering. Flushing out a two week fertilized egg is the moral equivalent of stepping on a flower; poetically it sounds harsh, but realistically it is not cruel because no one suffers. As far as woman’s choice goes, it isn’t really about that because the girl/woman either qualifies for it or doesn’t.

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    1. I can see your point. I still can’t help but have issue with the logic here, though. It’s moral to terminate pregnancy up until the fetus can feel pain? Technically, you can kill anyone in painless ways. Technically, nobody feels pain after they’re dead, no matter how they die. Some adults can’t feel anything below the neck. Would that make it ethical to kill one of them as long as you don’t shoot or stab them above the neck? I just don’t see how ‘feeling it happen’ makes something more justified.

      I think abortion is murder because people still develop after being born. Obviously. Kids take decades to become adults. In fact, the brain itself doesn’t complete development until age 25. So, the argument of “it’s not murder because it hasn’t developed yet” doesn’t quite make sense either. You could say I’m overthinking it … but am I?

      When it comes to life and death, I believe we need to draw solid lines. When it comes to individual rights, we need to draw solid lines. Unfortunately, when it comes to abortion, those two lines contradict each other.

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      1. But you’re comparing a fertilized egg with an adult who has a life and will to live already, that’s a conflation; technically euthanasia on people who are in permanent comas or are terminally ill & want to die is not unethical either. But the case you’ve made isn’t a fair comparison to early term abortion (which is the only abortion I defend – in that way I agree with your solid lines point).

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