First let me say that I am pro-choice, and always have been. I was 17 when Roe v Wade went before the court. I know how it was before. I was very aware of all the arguments pro and con. I lived through it. I also know very well that there are NOT enough adoptive parents in this country to adopt even one year's worth of the babies who would be born if abortion was outlawed. If it is outlawed, women will get illegal abortions. Well-to-do women will go where it's legal. Poor women will get back alley abortions, and many will die. Over-crowded prisons will have to make room for women who were desperate enough to abort. A woman's right to choose, to make up her own mind, is vital both because it empowers women, and because it validates the rights of all people to make their own choices about their bodies and their beliefs.
But pro-choice advocates have lost it. How on Earth does magical thinking benefit the cause? By magical thinking, I mean this whole "it's only alive if I think it is."
Life is life. I can believe with all my heart that Justin Bieber doesn't exist, but it doesn't change anything. His obnoxious existence is a fact. If a fetus is not alive, what is it? It's not dead. It has brain waves, a heart beat. It moves. It has needs that it fulfills itself as evidenced by sucking it's thumb. You can't wish this away. You can't believe it away.
The viability argument is more supportable - but that's a problem, isn't it? Some pretty damn tiny babies are surviving, with medical support. All babies need some support when born, they are absolutley not viable otherwise. So there are a lot of problems with this argument also.
The only argument with any logic is that it is a person's right to make decisions about their own lives and especially about their own bodies. We all have the right to good medical care. And we all have the right to NOT live in a country where religious belief become law. Arguing against any legal issue based on belief in a pretty heinous book (the bibble) should never be allowed.
Saying it's not alive if you believe it's not cannot stand up. You can call names, condemn me, you can stomp your feet and have a tantrum, but you cannot present a logical, sound argument that fetuses are not alive anymore than a child can convince you that they really will die if they don't get a particularly desired toy. They aren't going to die, even if they believe they will. The fetus is alive, even if you say it's not.
The only argument with real, profound truth is that no one, NO ONE, should be allowed to tell anyone what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. No politician, no religious leader, no organization, can be allowed to force their opinions down anyone else's throat. And that has to extend to the fact of abortion.
"I believe this living thing is not alive, but the living thing in her uterus is alive because she wants it" is one of the most ridiculous arguments I have ever heard. That's why you attack the people who don't agree with you - you cannot present any kind of logical support for that belief.
Now have at it. You will either read this with an open mind and think about it, and respond with logic, or you will attack. If attacking makes you feel better, go right ahead. But we all have a right to our opinions and beliefs, and we all have a right to say what we believe. Isn't that what you are fighting for?