That's the issue I can't get to the bottom of and it's critical to my views. Ie if I attend for an abortion at 26 weeks and the baby would survive if given life saving treatment - would that happen or would it be denied, or would the fetus be "dealt with" while in utero.
And I am speaking entirely of the case of an abortion of an otherwise viable baby (not one with a life threatening medical condition).
I keep thinking of The Merchant of Venice... That he was entitled to a pound of flesh, but taking a life wasn't part of the bargain. I think if you're going to argue concepts like bodily autonomy and what it is to be pro-choice, you can only take it as far as it affects a woman's own body. Yes she should have the right to say she doesn't wish to carry a child to term, she's not an incubator. But that's where I draw the line.
Last edited by lambjam; 01-05-2013 at 23:20.
It's a very tough thing to think about. If a baby is born after say 25/26 weeks and is a late term abortion but for non medical reasons I.e. the baby is healthy, say for the reason that its not the desired sex, I don't understand why doctors are not under a duty of care to save that baby no matter what the parents wishes. Once that baby takes a breath, it should be entitled to a chance at life in my opinion.
As for the pro choice/pro life fence, if it had to be black and white and to truly be pro choice, you had to be ok with late term abortion, you'd find a lot of people on the other side of the fence. I think when the baby is at a gestation where it could survive without the mother, it becomes a whole different issue.
I don't think anyone is saying that you can't support abortion only until a certain point... Just that this isn't being pro choice. There are shades of grey Inbetween pro choice and pro life... But to be truly pro choice you have to allow the woman all the choices... You cannot stipulate exceptions. If you do, you're not longer pro choice... You're somewhere between pro choice and anti abortion.
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