My stance on pro choice really isn't about women, babies, or science.
Several points on criminalizing abortion:
Natural abortions occur every day, I know many women who have had them. Would this be manslaughter?
Should every pregnancy be evaluated by the government to determine that there was no intent to harm or abort a fetus?
What about women who live unhealthy lives, for instance, smoke, drink, overeat, drink sodas, during pregnancy? Criminal negligence? Who would determine healthy behavior v. negligence?
Would anti abortion legislation stop women from having abortions, or improve quality of life for children? I don't think so. I think it would reduce the quality and increase the expense of the procedure and create a black market, much like the criminalization of alcohol and drugs. Do not want.
There are more points along these same lines.
I think the concept of legal abortion has precedence in our society. We kill people legally every single day. In self defense, death penalty, war, drone strikes, accidents etc. So in my mind, the question becomes "at what point do we grant legal rights to a fetus?" How would government manage the defense or protection of the rights of an unborn fetus without simultaneously trampling on the rights of the parents?
This post was edited on 3/16 at 8:51 pm