Personally, I am pro choice and although I try not to talk about it in respect of other's opinions, it seems like so many pro life supporters are trying to push there thoughts down mine.

So, what is your stance on Abortion? ...just curious. :D

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1. The "self" is under construction before birth. Not only in the biological sense, but also many other senses. The foetus is learning the nessecary skills to perfom various tasks it will need to do when it emerges (IE suckling)

That is an interesting point. I'm forced to consider. I still don't think it justifies your absolutism since it is a very rudimentary behavior. All mammals suckle. It's not like other mammals fail to suckle just because they didn't have a thumb to suck on. I won't speculate too much further than that what for it could mean, so yeah, good point...

Because the self is an inevitablity, destroying the means of constructing it is essentially the same as destroying it once it is constructed.

I don't agree. I think the situation as it is at the present, is what matters.

As I begin this, I must state something: the concept that the majority of Pro-Lifers hold too can hold some ground. The concept that one should not burden a female with having to bear something they don't want or to be forced to have a life force feed off them from a surface layer does make some sense. Now, my position: that these reasoning for why a human life should be ended are short sighted and they don't seem to take into full account exactly WHAT they are doing. I will admit, I was brought up in a very conservative evangelical household; this did give some leading to my beliefs. However, I deviated from that quickly and am a moderate. Now, back to the point; I judge this issue from a vantage point of Natural Human Rights. I shall elaborate by first posing a story: let us take a 60 year old, a 30 year old, and a newborn. They are all in a room. A man comes in, and in turn stabs each in the stomach. He is apprehended by the police and put on trial for Murder; specifically, for all three. Why is this? The natural answer I’m sure 98% of you would say is because he killed three Human beings. This is true. Now, to the reasoning for why this I wrong; why is it wrong to take a Human Life? There is no absolute answer for this, other than what we have defined as broaching the concept of Natural, or Human rights. These consist of many things, but the 3 we are most familiar with, at least if someone is American, are the concepts of the Right to Life, Liberty, and after the Jeffersonian rip off of Locke, the Pursuit of Happiness. These are universal truths that have transcended through human history as rights that every man is entitled too, regardless of station, race, or the manner of those who govern over him. Now, as one can probably expect, I am going to address this with respect to the right to Life. From the first moment we enter the world, it is recognized by all peoples of the world that no one has the right to take the life from this person without the permission of the child or the just process of law stemming from that person perpetrating the crime for which we are executing. This is a truth. That is why the gravest of crimes recognized the world over, ALL hinge on the taking of life, by one way or another. So, I come to my point good and patient persons still with me to here: why do we deprive that natural entitlement we give to all to those whom have no crime other than existing? Now, the point of this debate should not be beliefs or opinions, but the universal truth of law and reason. And to solve this problem, we must address the singular point that should ever be a point of contention in this debate: whether that mass of developing cells, organs and flesh is, or is not considered a human life. Before we address this outright, let us look upon several keys to defining what is in fact an individual life. First, we must know if it is built of cells that divide, reproduce, and die as others replace them: this is true of a fetus. Secondly, is that mass something that is more than just a lump of cells that do not function outside of existing? More clearly, does that body seek to survive independently from the source to which it was originally borne, to push forward, and to make more of itself? This definition can be applied from the most simple of organisms, from bacteria, to plants, to animals, to higher intelligent being such as humans. In that regard, yes, the fetus is trying to do that, since it is trying to eventually leave the mother and become independent.  And finally, perhaps the most difficult question to answer, is what is the identity of that mass? To answer this question, I shall give an example of something that lives, divides, and flourishes, but is not a human life: HeLa cells. These are a line of cultures originally extracted from an African-American woman in the 50s, whose cancerous cells were found to be the first immortal line of cultures, in that the cells would continue to divide, live, and expand to fill their environment as long as they had nutrients and space. But this is not a human life. They are living tissue, but tissue does not constitute what we consider Human Life. That implies it to be something, that given it be healthy and carried properly, will 99% of the time form a human child, which will grow and develop into an adult. For a Fetus, this is true, whilst for a mass of HeLa, it is not. To be human, we must realize not just what something is in the moment that we observe it, but what it was, and what it will become. A look at the seed of a plant, or the cloud of a coral colony would not seem to be what we consider it to be later on. But it is each of those things, and it is very short sighted to operate from the vantage point of denying the ultimate identity of the life we choose to snuff out.  A Fetus is not a caner, nor is it a parasite bent on merely extracting life from its host for all time. It is a Human Life, and until we stop squabbling over what the easy answer is, we can’t truly allow ourselves to realize the plain and simple fact that every child aborted given it was healthy, has the possibility to grow up to be a doctor, and senator, or even a parent itself, if not for our cold snuffing out of its life force. The rights of a mother are very important, but I know not under what ideology has ever the convenience or ease of one life been more crucial than the intrinsic life of another, especially of an innocent life. Short of the ways of the Spartans, who practiced ritualized infanticide, I can scant recall a culture where such a sentiment as our current fallacy that idolizes choices of convenience over the value we have spent millennia trying to cement as unquestionable. And at least the Spartans only discarded that which was by its nature deformed or destined to lie in hardship, not merely because the choice of another did choose it. So, it is to me not only highly irrational to support such a level of disregard to life itself, but also degredating to our own status as an higher state to the beast or the bird; we possess the capacity to understand that the life of a child is sacred, not to gods or faiths, but to the fundamental human condition. The beasts carry this out where it is scant ever a question of whether or not they “choose” to carry and raise their young, and it is looked upon by us who examine such behavior as barbaric and bestial when we see a mother cat eat her young or for any other creature to neglect their legacy. So why is it then that we tolerate such an egregious hypocrisy when we shine the lens of insight upon ourselves? Is the truth of human nature that we prioritize what is easy over what is right? To give up on what seems insurmountable just because the task is daunting? No, that has never been the case. The story of human history is one of rising ever more out of the mud to strive higher and higher, always taking that task on, and often defeating it. In so concluding, for what do we pride ourselves as a sentient state of beings more for than the understanding of what is true, just, and right, and not what is easy, nor common, nor the norm.

Mark please forgive me but I was only able to get thru 2/3 of that. It was rather hard to follow. Perhaps you can be more concise? I truly mean no offense.

ok, short version is it is somewhat ridiculous to think of a fetus as anything other than a child, and since we believe every person has a right to life, it is highly inhuman/morally defunct to have abortions on the basis of human rights

Is an acorn a tree?

Is an egg a chicken?

Are the cocoons of silkworms a precious fabric? 

So no a fetus is not necessarily a child, it's the building blocks for a child.  

Plus not everyone thinks all humans have the right to life, because you know the death penalty is a thing.

Sanctity of life is for the living, not potential life. 

yes, if fertilized yes, they are a byproduct of the creature, not an intrinsic part. i would agree with you on your last statement, but the fact remains that is is living independent tissue, so lwhether it has life is not a question. the question is whether we consider that life to be human. and as i believe i stated in my longer response, the death penalty does not broach the right to life: they were given a free chance to life, but by their actions have invalidated theirs, through the taking of another's in most cases. a fetus has no crime, thus it does not fall under an exception to the natural rights on mankind.
The UN has asserted that this right is universal and is a crime to broach without due course of law

Pro-choice with respect to the circumstances.  If it's actually a health concern to the mother, or if there is no way the baby could survive.  I would say I'm more pro-voluntary affordable sterilization for most other circumstances.  Like me, I don't want kids for numerous reasons.  I can barely afford to support myself, and I'd be a really horrible parent, not to mention the cocktail of hereditary crap I don't want to inflict upon another person.

I don't think that it should be used as a reset button for girls who just weren't ready.  I knew a girl who was trying to have a baby with her boyfriend while they were both living in his car (they ended up having two children together).  Then after they split up and she actually had a roof over her head, she got pregnant by a black guy and got an abortion just because she didn't want to have his baby.  How horrible is that?!  That's a situation where I think abortion is NOT okay.  If she can't handle raising that baby, there are still plenty of people who wish they could have children of their own that would be happy to give it the love it deserves.

How do you police those who do it for bad/good reasons?

I don't.  The question was position, not policy.  The unfortunate truth of the situation is that if you're going to allow it for any reason, you'll inevitably get those who cheat the system.  Or, you don't allow it at all, and people suffer and die anyway.

I've gone back and forth several times on how I view it morally, but I've always felt it should be legal. When abortions becomes illegal, people continue to perform them anyway. The difference is that illegal abortions are often very unsafe for the mother. 

Also, it really bothers me when people in the United States try to argue that abortion should be illegal because of passages from the Bible. There's supposed to be a separation of church and state here.

Also, it really bothers me when people in the United States try to argue that abortion should be illegal because of passages from the Bible. There's supposed to be a separation of church and state here.

The separation of Church and State was designed so that it would never be illegal to be of a particular religious belief. There is nothing inherently unconstitutional about pursuing abortion legislation because of a religious inspiration to do so.

I do not really have anything against abortion, I think it is a persons choice whether they wish to support it or not. But I think that the baby, and yes a fertilized embryo is a baby in my eyes, should get the chance that we all got. They deserve to get to be born and to grow and to make decisions that will shape them into the great and awesome person they have the potential to be, or they could be a crazy ax murderer but that is for them to decide. Steve Job's mother was going to abort him, then she didn't. Steve Jobs got the chance I am talking about! Look at what he has done with his chance! He invented the ipod! I wonder sometimes what awesome things we would have in this world if every baby got the chance like Steve Jobs did.


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