Thanks to state legislatures passing laws restricting abortions, the political debate on abortion has intensified. Most of the discussion is expressed by members of the ends of the spectrum. At one end are those who believe that human life begins at conception, making any attempt to terminate a pregnancy a crime. At the other end are those who believe that until a baby is born, the fetus is a part of the woman’s body, just like an ovary or a kidney, and like those organs can be removed for the benefit of the woman.
Based on polls, the views of most Americans are in between those ends, not wanting to make abortion illegal, yet seeking some limitations on the use of abortion. There are some questions that must be asked which have not been discussed.
Consider a scenario where a young adult male suffers from a total loss of kidney function. Doctors estimate that he will die within six months unless an effective kidney replacement is forthcoming. The only person with a proper matching kidney is the man’s father, who disowned his son years ago after a severe disagreement. When asked to donate a kidney, the father refuses.
Will those who are pro-life demand that the government force the father to give up a kidney to save the life of his son? Will those who are pro-choice support the father’s right to keep both kidneys? What makes this situation interesting is that the life in question belongs to a living human and not a fetus, and the one who controls the life in question is a male and not a female.
Another question would be if a person is pro-life would he or she contribute personal funds to see that ALL pregnant women and young children have sufficient nutritious food to eat, as well as access to proper medical care? If not, they are not pro-life, simply anti-abortion.
Would those who are pro-choice spend their funds to see that all people of child-bearing age have proper information about avoiding pregnancy, and will they financially support an effort to have the “morning after” pill made available over the counter? If not, they are not pro-choice, simply pro-abortion.
If those who speak for the right to abort a fetus and those who oppose that right will discuss the answers to these questions, we might have a more honest and productive debate about a woman’s “right” to legally terminate a pregnancy.
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