Hello, I’m pro-choice. However, I do believe your view on this whole matter is interesting. So I have a few questions if you wouldn’t mind answering them. 1. Do you believe an abortion is justified if the mother would die giving birth to the child? 2. If the mother is going to have a miscarriage, should she be allowed to get it aborted instead of giving birth to a dead baby? Thank you!
If a pregnant mother’s life is in grave physical danger of impending death then everything should be done to save both her and her child. If, in the process of saving the mother’s life, the child dies, this death was not intentional and is not an abortion.
If you are alluding to the Savita Halappanavar case in Ireland or the subsequent termination of a twin pregnancy following Ireland’s passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, then these should not be considered abortions. As I stated above, if during a procedure to save the mother’s life the child unintentionally suffers loss of life, then this is not an abortion. It is, in effect, a miscarriage.
Elective induced abortion for the sole purpose of ending a living human being’s life in order to avoid the burden of pregnancy, the challenges of motherhood, the birth of a physically or mentally disabled child, or the psychological impacts of sexual assault are what is at issue.
The basic human right to life should be conferred at conception and every effort should be made to uphold that right through all nine months of pregnancy.
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