Is abortion right or wrong? Or, more precisely, at what stages of fetal development is it ok to decide to not want to be a parent anymore?
These questions aren’t for those of radical opinion. I define “radical” as those who believe women’s rights are absolute, or that religion is fact (and that their belief chooses who lives or dies for eternity).
These questions obviously don’t apply to the many who don’t give a shit either way, or make uneducated, offhanded remarks to pretend they’re human. The life of a possible child should never be treated causally.
This is for the confused in between who haven’t applied themselves sufficiently to have make up their own minds.
That includes previous yo-yos like me. My past liberalism conflicted with emotion to make a mess of me. Ideology and feelings are quicksand rather than concrete to stand on. If anyone thinks otherwise, they’re walking on delusion.
The 9 months between fucking and birth offers us much time for thought.
Does a heart beat at 6 weeks bestow the right to life. Or will a kick in the womb do (18-20 weeks)?
It’s certain that at conception, and for a long while after, the fetus lacks cognitive ability. EEG waves begin weakly at 20 weeks. Is the fetus’ ability to feel pain, once the nervous system has connected to the brain, its legal right to survive (24 weeks)?
And if imagination is what sets us humans apart from other animals which we kill at whim, should we consider the rapid eye movement of a dreaming fetus at 28 weeks to be the landmark for worthiness?
Is morality decided by viability, the stage at which a fetus doesn’t need machines to make it live? Or is it about personhood, when it has achieved consciousness (28-36 weeks) and considered to be an individual?
I’m not providing you the answer. We have to decide important matters in our own way, finding bricks of logic to reinforce our position for personal convenience or to make the world a better place through debate and honesty towards the laws of human rights.
All I’m offering is this link as a possible brick towards building your own house of opinion. Read Gary Whittenberger’s article, ‘Personhood & Abortion Rights – How Science Might Inform this Contentious Issue’.