Abortion debate...yep I said it...Abortion Debate
The idea that there is a war on "unborn children" is completely and utterly ridiculous. Want to know why?
or let me just summarize it for you.
Our basic idea in the US about when life begins is largely based on our own theological view of the world. Being a predominately Christian nation that means that for many, they believe life starts at conception. But, here is the thing, not everyone believes that way. In some cultures still going today they believe that a fetus/baby is not a person until they utter their first cry, take their first breath, are named, can speak the language or until a year of age. Now, this does not by any means imply that I support post birth abortion but it does add some interesting perspective on beliefs and how they affect our view of the world.
Science, which is a much more tangible and reliable arguement than the theological view point, is not even in agreeance with when life beings. There are 4 different definitions of when life begins.
Fertilization: this is the idea that life begins at conception
Embryologic: around day 14 when the fetus has it's own set DNA
Neurological: when the acquisition of brain wave patterns or EEG. This is also used to determine when someone dies and is the one that I agree with the most. This is usually between 24-27 weeks which coincides with many laws on when abortion is no longer acceptable.
At or near birth: The basic idea that you become human when you can survive on your own.
So even science disagrees when it comes to this arguement.
With all of that said, why is it that when it comes to this discussion so many want to impose your beliefs on others regardless if that person shares that belief or not. Until science can agree with when life begins I think that it is safe to say that what one woman does in her life and with her body has no direct impact on your life and should therefore be left for her to handle.