Ooohh, this one is funky to talk about. I like conversing about controversial opinions, but putting my opinion in writing is a little tougher since people can pick it apart and be like “but you said it, right there”. Well, yea, but you forgot to include the sentences before that….Anyways, religion and abortion, two controversial topics that many people draw fire for, regardless of the side that they take.
First, lets consider the two main sides on the abortion topic. There are the Pro-Lifers and the Pro-Choicers. Pro-Life are the people that think that abortion is an abomination and should be illegal, no matter what, hence, pro-life. However, this line is blurred in people’s interpretation of the position. I’ll get to that soon. Pro-Choicers are the people that believe that abortion should be legalized, since it is the woman’s choice to decide whether or not to have the kid.
Now, Pro-lifers that I’ve talked to and actually, the stance that the Church has recently taken is that abortion is only allowable if it is an absolute necessity, like the childbirth being threatening to the mother’s life. I would like to point out here that once the birth has been deemed to be harmful, the fetus is further along in development. (Is my bias showing? I swear, I’m trying hard for it not to).
Pro-Choicers are for allowing abortion in a legal sense. However, every person has their own restriction. Pro-choice is pretty broad. Some people say only within the first trimester, some say up to the second, and some say whenever the mom makes that decision. So there is dissent even within this group.
I think that if you want abortion to be legal, we have to discuss to what extent, it doesn’t have to be black and white. Now, considering the Church’s stance, one might say, hey, we’re saving lives here, since women don’t have the option to abort an unwanted baby, since the baby has no say in it. (Bias incoming). This is where I disagree. If complications with childbirth arise, and the baby must be aborted, you are killing a sentient being. It feels everything that is being done to it, the only difference is the location of the child.
My pro-choice-ness extends only to the first trimester of the child, and it also includes childbirth. The reason I don’t consider this hypocritical, “you just said you’re killing a sentient being”, yea, but every position does that. I also think the first trimester should be allowed because mistakes may happen. Endanger the mother’s life? Are we talking physically or threatening her with a burden she may not be able to carry? Are we forcing her to decide whether to give away her own child into a flawed foster system or work 3 shifts in order to be able to provide a survivable life for it? Either way, in my eyes, this woman’s life is taken and the child will also suffer. In my eyes, abortion of a being that isn’t more sentient than a bag of yeast (first trimester only, remember that) will save 2 lives, not just one.
Religion affects people’s views of this touchy subject. According to most religion doctrine, any type of killing is bad, so abortion is bad. I think this one needs a bit of review. Although this blog post wasn’t really focused on religion, per say, I did cover their views and the viewpoint most religions support, so in a way, I did.
If you have any thoughts, like I said, I’m interested in conversing. So leave a comment.