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Abortion: Wrong or right?

Abortion is an extremely controversial topic, and I believe that women should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. If abortion was illegal, the maternal death toll due to unsafe abortions would rise dramatically, and overpopulation would become an even more prominent issue. A woman should be able to have a say in a situation involving her body, and those who oppose abortion shouldn't care about a personal decision that doesn't affect them. I can understand that some people look at it as a form of murder. But i can't understand why people continue to pick and choose what is "justifiable" murder, and what is bad murder. Murder is murder. We can send people to war, we can legalize the death penalty, but abortion is STILL wrong? I think that people with different religious and cultural backgrounds have different unique perspectives, so I would love to here opinions. It doesn't matter whether the comments are anti-abortion or not.

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    Apr 11 2013: I personally think that a person is created when conceived. He/she is separate from the mother, although within the mother. For me, this is the nature and reality of human reproduction - of motherhood. Now, with that said, I also believe that 'a person' is not a citizen of the state until he/she is born. So for those 9 months, the mother is god. She, and she alone, with whomever's input she solicits, is the sole and free determiner of the fate of that child and her family during that time. She decides. She, and truly all of us, then live with her decision the rest of our days - and for many, beyond.
    • Apr 11 2013: I completely understand. That mother has the power to do whatever she wants when she wants regarding the baby. I appreciate your wisdom and insight. Do you have any other opinions that might broaden my knowledge on the subject?
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        Apr 11 2013: You are way too kind. I am grateful that you consider my comments contain 'wisdom and insight', although I always feel my views are more 'practical' than having any great depth of perception. Since you asked, when one strips away the 'emotional baggage' that comes with this subject, it becomes, for me, a question of what do I hold as valuable in life, and when does the gov't have rights. Since I hold that we are not citizens until we are born, the gov't has no rights until that event. As a 'free' individual, I am self-determining of my family structure as defined by what I hold as, in this case, my definition and value of life. Does this get real dicey when mother's become impregnated to sell fetal tissue to scientific research for profit? I would hold that, as distasteful and against my definition of humanity as it may be, the gov't has no place is such decisions, as this would be a decision regarding the freedom of individuals to be self-determining, and the gov't is charged with protecting its citizen's rights. As far as personal values and religious conviction regarding this issue, being 'free' gives me the right to hold my own definitions, whether I agree with my neighbor or not. Too many people have died to protect and guarantee my freedom and liberty, I won't give it up so easily, nor require my neighbor to give up theirs. I hope this helps in some way, whether you agree or not.
        • Apr 11 2013: Thank you so much, and your views are extremely refreshing. I have never had a conversation with someone who looks at things the way you do.

          I agree with many of the ideas you have, even if my opinions and perspectives are different. In reality, agreeing to disagree might be one of the most civil ways to go about a delicate topic like abortion. You have definitely contributed to the transforming of my perspective and I admire the way you go about stating what you believe.

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