How about reproductive responsibility? How about taking responsibility for our actions?How about a babies freedom to be born and have their life?
I think that that argument works better when we also support the idea of affordable health care including access to birth control. As a young lady, the only place that I could go where I could afford birth control was planned parenthood. Despite the fact that national tax funding for abortions is already illegal, funding for providers who offer low income people access to such health care is always at risk of being on the chopping block. Why should *I* have to pay for their "lack of responsibility"?? Because fewer unwanted, unsupported, un-cared for children in the world is good for everyone. The idea that a fetus born is good but a fetus ignored after that demonstrates the disingenuous nature of this outrage.
As a young woman myself, I was engaged to a man who was supposedly incapable of conceiving. Imagine my surprise when he was 1. gone upon hearing of my pregnancy and 2. perfectly capable of conceiving (and apparently knew it). How many people doubt their finance? Anyone else on this board ever been stupid? I challenge someone to answer that in the negative.
The personal responsibility argument really bothers me. The human condition is predicated on mistakes. A certain member of this board who is posting voraciously on this thread has also raged about personal responsibility. It is always easy top point and judge someone else' failing of responsibility while seeking sympathy for your own cheating or other reprehensible behavior. For my part, taking up with the charming young man and not seeing his lack of character was a mistake, but not a defining one. Aborting the fetus was not a mistake, especially compared to my inability to care for it or obtain even decent prenatal care for it.
People tend to holler personal responsibility from a position of privilege. But for the grace of the fates or whatever nonsense a person might believe in, goes you. When life hands you ****, or god forbid you screw up, my hope is that you are presented with empathy rather than a giant F-YOU you irresponsible slob!
The life question is a non-starter. There is no way to determine when human life begins. I don't choose to cast my moral distaste at the so-called christians who are cheerful to get a divorce (or several divorces) while casting their moral judgement on others whose morality has another basis. Again, the entire argument is disingenuous since these same people gleeful murder felons. If human life were all that was required to be sacred, how is a bundle of cells more human than grown person?
Finally, the illegality of abortion is an ineffective means of stopping it. Instead if aborting a fetus, one simply makes it easier to kill the mother as well. History has a way of being ignored.