FROM DU: Is Abortion Immoral?
Though most, if not all, of us support the right of a woman to have an abortion, is the act itself immoral? One can say that the fetus is a human life. If that is so, then the act of aborting would mean the elimination of a human life which many people find immoral. Is it immoral?
I am not making a moral comparison between forced childbirth and abortion. I believe in people having the right to make their own moral decisions. I am asking whether the act of aborting, in itself (meaning, for a healthy, emotionally stable and financially secure woman) is immoral according to YOU. (StudentsMustUniteNow)
DU Chimes In:
--What is morality? Your morality is not my reality.
--Whether it's moral or not is a meaningless question as morality is obviously relative depending on a persons belief system. Moral Absolutism be damned, people have different opinions on what's right and wrong, at least as far as this is concerned.
--I see you are a guy. I think very few women would ask this question. Amazing how MORALS should figure into this equation at all.
--It is a personal decision either way and everybody else needs to keep their nose out of it. If you consider it immoral based on religious reasons then you need to keep your religion out of other people's personal decisions.
--It's a medical procedure. It's less immoral than forcing a woman to give birth.
--Is my sperm a human life? No, it has the potential, under the right circumstances, to become human life. The same is true of a fetus. The frequency of spontaneous miscarriage renders this whole question silly. If abortion is immoral, then nature itself must be immoral, because more pregnancies are terminated naturally than by any medical process.
--To me, the question isn't about when human life begins, because in every real scientific sense I can think of, it begins at conception. The question to me is whether the state has the power to invade a woman's privacy in order to prevent an abortion, and I think the state does not have that power. Another way to look at it is that the question is not when life begins but when the responsibility of motherhood begins.
--No. Abortion is not immoral. Like the poster I saw at a clinic states "If men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament"
--Q. How do you define "immoral"? A. Something I'll need to apologize for when face-to-face with God. In secular terms: Something immoral is an act that would harm my conscience.
--The factors in that choice are a matter of privacy between the woman and her physician; the male involved already put his 2 cents in, so to speak.
--Hell no. That's not even a fetus, it's an embryo, and it's nobody's goddamned business if a woman chooses to terminate a non-viable blob.
--Is blood transfusion immoral? Is tonsillectomy immoral? If I believe in a religion that holds as an article of faith the human soul is invested in the whole body and the surgical removal of any body part is a partial destruction of the soul, can I get a law passed to prevent you from obtaining a tonsillectomy?
--Yes, it does amaze me that anyone could think that abortion -- a medical procedure -- could be immoral. Heart surgery is not immoral. Neither is surgery to remove tonsils or an appendix. I am amazed that would think that abortion -- another medical procedure -- could be immoral.
--WTF do you need to know about MY morality? Worry about your own. What an astonishingly offensive question.
--"I think we can all agree that we want fewer abortions performed." Actually, not all of us agree that we want fewer abortions performed. Abortion is a medical procedure. I, for one, want as many abortions to be performed as are necessary.
Heart surgery is a medical procedure, too. It saves lives. I would NOT be in favor of "fewer heart surgeries". I would be in favor of creating conditions so that fewer heart surgeries would be necessary.
I would also be in favor of creating conditions so that fewer abortions would be necessary. But, until those conditions come into existence, I see no need to be in favor of wanting fewer abortions to be performed.
Each woman decides for herself whether an abortion is or is not neccessary. And I want each woman who feels that an abortion is neccessary to be able to have one.
I have often struggled with the question of abortion... When I was a liberal, long ago, I always felt that women should have complete control over her own body; I always thought a woman should have free choice in deciding whether or not she had an abortion.
I didn't feel that someone else--in all probability, a man--had the right to make that decision for her. Too many times women, throughout history, had been forced into marriages, denied birth control, and had no choice over sex and child bearing. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be pregnant against my will--and I didn't want that.
Of course, I also never denied that abortion was murder and that, for all the supposed 'freedom' the pro-choice stance conferred, I felt that it was a choice women should, with everything in their power, NOT exercise. Abortion-as-birth-control, abortion-because-I-wasn't-careful, abortion-because-I-wasn't-'ready' was an unconscionable abuse of that 'freedom'.
I am still terribly conflicted about the issue of being pro-choice... However, in my later years, I see more and more wrong with it, and I ask myself more and more questions. As I developed my spirituality more thoroughly, life took on a deeper meaning--and the beginnings of life, too--and why we were here. I asked myself what was our duty in being here?--and that couldn't help but impact my feelings about abortion.
I supposed that every gal felt similarly; I'd assumed it was a tough nut for all of us (and one I have not yet decided...) Imagine my surprise to read at DU--long a bastion of pro-choice fever--that they'd done so little thinking about it! I knew this was 'I Had An Abortion' T-shirt central, but I had no idea they'd done so much work on rationalizing the issue; to many of them, it was of no more consequence than having acrylic nails applied.
I am appalled at the shallow, fluffernutter attitudes of Leftists towards the continuation of a human life. It easily takes it's place along side their lack of consideration towards the President, their vapid support of our troops overseas, and their general attitudes about self-defense and their country. To them, even 'abortion' is nothing but a bumpersticker.
The Left needs to give up their latter-day 'flower-power' protest nonsense and grow up enough to think about life. They need not be some Earth-Day, Nobel-Prize-Winning guru that 'saves the world' (He who has saved the world was already here--and it wasn't Al Gore...) The Left needs to think about what they owe Him.