Because I feel that, once the fetus reaches a stage where it might be considered physically and psychologically human, it should be given the benefit of a doubt and treated as human.
Doubt of what? Whether they meet the definition of personhood that you are deliberately using in order to encompass fetuses? There's no need for doubt there: A fetus will meet whatever definition you design to include them. Plastic definitions are like that.
As should a baby that has been born, which we really don't know whether it is more self-aware than, say, a baby chimpanzee.
What does self-awareness have to do with personhood? By that standard, we cease to be persons while unconscious. A nonsensical consequence of your standard of "personhood": It would make it moral (or at least, not a moral offense against a person) to do anything at all to someone who has been rendered unconscious. One would be able, for example, to morally have sex with a woman who has been anaesthetized and who did not give permission for it while awake, since she is not self-aware at that time and thus is not a person.
That is not how the concept of personhood is actually employed, a fact for which I am grateful. Personhood has much more to do, in-practice, with one's social connections, both personal and legal. A human being who has no such connections nor the capacity to form them is not a person in any meaningful sense.
Destructive by allowing women the right to terminate before and up to 24 weeks???
By making womens' bodies the property of the state in a manner in which mens' bodies are not the property of the state. By making her reproductive choices a matter of law, rather than of personal choice. By making her
less of a person in the eyes of the law. Then again, that's generally the point, at least for the religious nutbars...
You really think that is not time enough to make a decision???
Generally it is
enough time. That's part of why such a large proportion of abortions happen early on. Other times, for a variety of reasons, it's not. Which is why some abortions still happen late. Seriously, this is really simple stuff, GH.
Ok, so you made the argument (or someone did) for the case where someone was kept unconscious for up to 9 months and then forced to have the baby. Seriously?? Just how often do you think that happens??
Didn't see it. Must have been a hypothetical to make a point...which you've missed. Missed deliberately? We'll see.
What are your motives for being so cynical and callous toward a rather unpleasant issue?
Cynical? Because anti-abortion activists tend, in my experience, not to have preservation of the unborn as a primary motive. It's a means to an end, that end being the oppression of women. This is why one so often finds in such people a combination of the following opinions:
4. Pro-males as head of household/society.
There are other supporting opinions that are also usually associated, but they're less important than those 4.
Callous? To whom...you? This charge makes no sense to me. I care about the attempted extension of the historical oppression of women, as you've advocated through your position.