why would you be panicked at all?
As I said, I'm not. But the implication usually being made by people who bring up late-term abortions is that it would become some sort of routine procedure and that is supposed to
freak people out. It is often nothing more than a scare tactic intended to emotionally agitate people. It is the same with them making much ado about "partial birth abortions". They do everything they can to conflate a developing fetus with actual babies.
the point is, until the fetus travels through the birth canal (and some would argue even afterwards) it is not a person, or to be more precise, it does not have the rights of "person-hood". i get it, it's your body and your choice. it seems pretty cut and dry to me, and i tend to agree
I'm not even saying that. I'm saying, I don't care if it is a person, it has no rights to someone else's uterus. That is the argument I've not heard a credible rebuttal against. You can go back and forth all day about what makes a person a person. And I agree, it is a sliding scale with no hard line and grey areas. Thus, it is difficult and contentious to find a resolution everyone can live with. Going this route, I might agree to limiting late term abortions to health issues. But once we look at sovereignty over one's own body, it becomes a lot simpler to me and I find no grey area.
Imagine if a small man were attached to your liver, and if disconnected he would die. I am sure some men would agree to let him stay attached and that is fine. That is their choice. But would it not be absurd to argue he had right to your liver? Accepting that argument, you could conclude that the general populace could be drafted into organ donation, against their will.
i do however, question the wisdom in celebrating abortion
Why? Would you celebrate the polio vaccine? MRI technology? Other medical procedures that save lives?
I get that it might outrage some people. But those are people who are already against it. They have no qualms about outraging people with whom they disagree. Neither do they have qualms about lying, deceiving, offending, harassing, assaulting and in some cases, murdering them. So I see push back as fair game.
Imagine if some group of religious kooks tried to make blood transfusion illegal, and they started PR campaign making transfusion seem dangerous or immoral. Would it not be right to push back against that? Would it be wrong to say transfusion is great?
Abortions save lives and make people's lives better.
it would be the same if a loved one was injured and permanently brain dead... would you celebrate the decision to pull the plug?
Interesting analogy. I do not think it is apt, though. There is a huge emotional difference to me between someone who actually developed and I got to know and love, and someone who did not exist because he or she never developed a personality. There was never a relationship with the latter.
However, setting the objection aside, if there were people trying to prevent me from carrying that out - see Terri Schaivo
- then yes, I think I would celebrate. I probably would not pop a bottle of champaign, but I would be grateful for the ability to do it. I would want my family to be able to terminate my body, if that situation arose, and move on.