I take issue with the definition of "pro choice" that's been given. I have no issue with a woman having an abortion up to roughly 14 or so weeks. Up to 24 weeks I think it should be a case by case basis and reasonable grounds required. I cannot, however, sanction an abortion that could (by using this definition) theoretically happen during labour without any reason other than the woman changed her mind. I will still continue to call myself pro-choice even though I have some boundaries. It is not a black and white issue.
But as I said earlier, the definition of pro-choice need only extend to a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, not to terminate a viable baby. So a woman in labour is already in the throes of terminating her pregnancy (for want of a nicer word!) and would have no claim to killing the baby in the name of bodily autonomy.
I saw a great quote on Facebook yesterday about this subject:
Being pro-choice doesn't mean I am pro-abortion.
It just means that I know that it's none of my business.
And here I have to agree with my philosophy lecturer; if you believe, truly believe, that abortion is murder (which I do not, but let's run with this for a moment) then it's murder whether your baby is perfectly healthy or severely disabled... Or a girl.
And if you do not believe that it's murder, then why oppose it? Why is it so in one instance but not another?
And (and this is the clincher!) if we are to accept that different people have different definitions of these things and different thresholds with which they're comfortable, then we are free to label ourselves "pro-choice" and accept that while something might contravene our beliefs, it does not contravene everybody's.
Last edited by lambjam; 01-05-2013 at 20:05.
Why does abortion always have to be so black and white? Why does pro-choice have to be so totally in support abortion no matter what? Why does pro-life have to be totally in support of no abortion. Is there no common sense or ethical approach to this? If we base it on science, which IVF, Gender selection and all that stuff is, is it not ethical to also involve a scientific model of when a fetus becomes not only viable but also when able to sense? If we are going to allow abortion at all costs to ethics then society has failed as a liberal state. If we are going to embrace liberalism would it not also be fair to include viable and sensing human embryos amongst the numbers that deserve the same rights as others?
I think people are trying to flesh out the thought process behind their beliefs. Just going with gut feelings isn't really adequate when we're telling people what they can and can't do with their own bodies.
I think this kind of examination is brilliant; being able to explain and justify why I believe what I believe (to myself or publicly) is important to me.
In the case of something like trisomy or massive congenital issues, most babies die within hours of birth, sometimes in utero. Some parents believe it is better to end it's suffering.
and this is why, despite aborting for gender making me feel ill, I accept there has to be choice. I readily recognise not everyone holds my views and I would never expect another woman to keep a child based on my own opinion.And (and this is the clincher!) if we are to accept that different people have different definitions of these things and different thresholds with which they're comfortable, then we are free to label ourselves "pro-choice" and accept that while something might contravene our beliefs, it does not contravene everybody's.
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