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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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  • Dan F 50+

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    Apr 14 2013: As a biologist, my view of life is that it ensues from conception. Life is developmental and the time elapsed needs to be a key concern in exercising the choice for an abortion, which the law understandably addresses in terms of a woman's rights.

    I do support a woman's right to chose, but as with most rights restrictions need to be observed. This decision needs to be addressed immediately upon the knowledge of pregnancy for obvious reasons.

    I am for fewer babies because the world is overcrowded. The best way to have fewer babies is to prevent conception and that technology is incredibly safe simple and these devices are available to do just that with the benefit of enabling those so inclined to enjoy all the unproductive sex desired. The only thing worse than children having sex too soon is children having an unwanted baby or experiencing the trauma of an abortion resulting from unprotected sex.

    I like what Melina Gates had to say about birth control and family planning (past TED Talk). I also think the morning after pill, needs to be readily available to anyone and everyone upon request. Why would we want anyone to have a child that doesn't want one? There are too many children being abused due to inadequate care from their parent(s).

    I think it would be best to reduce unwanted pregnancies via more concentrated efforts to make birth control easier to learn about and practice, thereby reducing abortion via preventative behavior.

    Abortion is one of those rights no one brags about, but most of us recognize the justification for this legal provision. It's not a matter of weather it is right or wrong, but defendable as a legal and medical practice for those requesting this service.
    • Apr 14 2013: As a biologist you should be aware that until the DNA of the genotype actually expresses the correct phenotype one cannot tell if the product of conception will in fact be human or alive. And you should be aware that there is no "green light" that indicates that any zygote/embryo/fetus will live to birth. So there is no way to prove life at conception until the birth of the fetus and then the proof is by implication. http://www.scientificabortionlaws.com
      The fact is that the new DNA fused at fertilization is the product of the old DNA of the parents that has very little change other than that which occurs by error. And you should be aware that 70 percent of conceptions die in the first trimester. For those reasons alone it should be clear that life at conception is not the norm but a well defined possibility defined by the death rate of zygotes. It is not life at conception, it is potential life at conception and the potential is less than 30 percent.

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