I’m not completely against abortions but this confuses me. People say that you aren’t killing the baby because it’s a fetus but that doesn’t make sense because it’s heart starts beating between 5 and 6 weeks which means it’s alive so you actually are technically killing it if it’s not done before the 5th week. It may not be breathing but only living things have a heartbeat.
It’s not a baby until week 38 or when born. Before 10 weeks it’s an embryo. And of course it is alive before the heartbeat. A heartbeat is just a muscle contracting. It’s not your heart who makes you who you are, it is your brain. Your egg and his sperm was also alive as well as the fertilized egg. It is however not so developed that it should have more rights than the woman it is in. Unless it is a stillborn, an abortion is always a termination of a pregnancy and a life. But if you want to give one rights you will have to decide which one you will take rights away from because it’s impossible to let both keep them. As pro-choice I stand with the woman. I don’t think it’s right to force any woman to birth.
I have always appreciated she-who-loves-the-rain’s bold admittance that abortion is indeed the killing of a living human being. But she also seems to lack a scientific understanding of the difference between haploid and diploid cells. A sperm and an egg are indeed alive, just as the cells within your muscle tissue and skin are alive. But they are not the same as a diploid zygote that has their own unique DNA created by the fusing of his or her mother’s and father’s DNA. Sperm and ovum are haploid cells and are not unique living human beings, they are simply half of the genetic code needed to begin a new life. That is a HUGE difference.
It is true that a mother and her prenatal child represent a dichotomy of human rights. But they are not in conflict and no choice needs to be made between the two. Human reproduction requires gestation and is a natural part of human life. Prenatal children have as much a right to their mother’s body as she does. This is the natural order of things. If killing prenatal human beings was a natural act, a human mother could terminate her pregnancy at will without physical assistance or force. She cannot do this, therefore nature intended for her to fully gestate her offspring.
It is a misapplication of our human intelligence that has resulting in the epidemic of human abortion. Our society and our culture has lowered the value of human life to the point that we can legally kill our own sons and daughters in the womb for less than the cost of a smartphone. There are actually corporations built around the retail slaughter of these human beings.
Abortion is wrong for the same reason killing any innocent living human being is wrong. It always has been wrong and it always will be wrong.