Originally Posted by Fantasea
Substitute the word "slavery" in your comments and you have the exact argument that many persons used in the 1860s.
"While I would never own slaves, I don't object to your owning them."
Without a doubt, slavery was a horror but it left life intact. Abortion is worse because it kills each and every unborn child who is subjected to it.
Your words indicate that you understand that a child is involved. Has the life of this child no value? Should it be killed simply because it showed up in the womb at an inopportune time?
All else aside, do you believe that the number of abortions would be approaching fifty million since 1973 if the practice had not been legalized?
You have got to be kidding me. You are now making the comparision between slavery and abortion?
I never kid about abortion. As bad as slavery was, slaves were too valuable to be killed.
Until you are in a position to have to make the decision, you have no idea the feeling and emotions that must go into it. You want trust a woman to have a child when you will not even trust her to decide?
Until economics and modern medicine joined forces to create an industry with revenues of a half trillion dollars annually, women seemed to manage motherhood, in all circumstances, quite well.
As to your question about the number of abortions. No, there would not have been 50 million legal abortions. There would, however have been millions of back-ally abortions,
Estimates prior to Roe v. Wade never exceeded ten thousand a year. The term "back-alley" referred to the fact that pregnant women seeking abortions didn't enter and leave through the front door, but, for privacy, used the back door, which often opened on the alley behind the building. (You didn't think the procedure was carried out on top of a garbage can, did you?
to the the abandoned babies, children growing up with unfit and unloving parents.
What's wrong with adoption as an alternative to death?
The idea of abortion may be one that you think is wrong or immoral.
Immorality has nothing to do with it. One human should not have the power to take the life of another.
But it is one that gives woman a choice.
What choice? The unborn child is alive, and left undisturbed will continue to live. The only choice, if that's what you wish to call it, is to kill the child. Sonme choice.
The choice that they choose to make beyond that is theirs to make. The circunstances that lead to this decision are personal and private. You make your choices, I'll make mine, and they'll make theirs. And when all is said and done judgement will be made by a higher power.
So far, that kind of rationalization has resulted in a pile of tiny corpses nearly fifty million high.
These days, the odds that a kid won't make it out of the womb, alive, are pretty high. Some almost make it but get knocked off with a partial-birth abortion, right near the "finish line".
For every two live births, there is one abortion.