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Part of the Mother’s Body?
The slogan, “My Body, My Choice,” betrays a tragic misunderstanding of what is taking place inside the womb. At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.
There are a number of clear biological facts, and all sorts of legal precedents, that easily refute the claim that the embryo or fetus is simply part of the mother’s body.
1) An individual’s body parts all share the same genetic code. If the unborn child were actually a part of the mother’s body, the unborn’s cells would have the same genetic code as the cells of the mother. This is not the case. Every cell of the unborn’s body is genetically distinct from every cell in the mother’s body.
2) In many cases, the blood type of the unborn child is different than the blood type of the mother. Since one body cannot function with two different blood types, this is clearly not the mother’s blood.
3) In half of all pregnancies, the unborn child is a male, meaning that even the sex of the child is different from the mother.
4) As Randy Alcorn states in his book Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments, “A Chinese zygote implanted in a Swedish woman will always be Chinese, not Swedish, because his identity is based on his genetic code, not on that of the body in which he resides.”
5) It is possible for a fetus to die while the mother lives, and it is possible for the mother to die while the fetus lives. This could not be true if the mother and child were simply one person.
6) When the embryo implants in the lining of the uterus, it emits chemical substances which weaken the woman’s immune system within the uterus so that this tiny “foreign” body is not rejected by the woman’s body. Were this tiny embryo simply “part of the woman’s body” there would be no need to locally disable the woman’s immunities.
7) It is illegal to execute a pregnant woman on death row because the fetus living inside her is a distinct human being who cannot be executed for the crimes of the mother (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Article 6.5).
8) When Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, he was convicted on two counts of murder.
9) Sir Albert Lilley (the “Father of Fetology”) made this observation in a 1970 speech entitled “The Termination of Pregnancy or the Extermination of the Fetus?”
Physiologically, we must accept that the conceptus is, in a very large measure, in charge of the pregnancy…. Biologically, at no stage can we subscribe to the view that the fetus is a mere appendage of the mother…. It is the embryo who stops his mother’s periods and makes her womb habitable by developing a placenta and a protective capsule of fluid for himself. He regulates his own amniotic fluid volume and although women speak of their waters breaking or their membranes rupturing, these structures belong to the fetus. And finally, it is the fetus, not the mother, who decides when labor should be initiated.
To put it simply, women don’t have four arms and four legs when they’re pregnant. Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them. At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.
I wont refute that the fetus is separate to the mother - however this does not necessarily suggest personhood of the fetus (and the rights that come with it) should be considered before or very near to birth. I’m sure you will argue against that, which is ok, because this really isn’t my point. My point is that to say that a woman has no right to make a decision about what happens to HER own body is wrong. This isn’t about definitions of a person, the potential for or sanctity of life, punishment for sin, or the will of God - it is about control over a grown human being’s right to autonomy, and no’one should ever be forced by another person to risk their life and health to create OR abort a child.
Woman, I freaking LOVE YOU.
I stand by this.
Pro-choice at its core means to support a person’s right to choose. That choice could be having an abortion, not having an abortion (I am against forced abortion, forced pregnancy, forced sterilization, etc.), having children, going on birth control or not, and so forth.
Being pro-choice does not mean wanting to abort every single fetus.
Eh. I understand the sentiment, but I’m pro-abortion just as much as I’m pro-appendectomy.
The only reason the pro-choice movement has had to shy away from calling themselves pro-abortion is because anti-choicers simply can’t understand logic. They think we all want to force people to have abortions if they don’t want them. Personally, I’m sick of feeling like I have to make the pro-abortion message more palatable just to satisfy people who won’t do their own homework.
So, no. I’m pro-abortion and proud. Abortions are wonderful things when people want them. I think it’s pretty fucking awesome that you can decide not to be pregnant if you don’t want to be.
Never thought about it that way
well that does make sense.
I agree with all of the above. I love finding people with these opinions.
What I am vexed with is the idea that, by having an abortion, a woman is somehow being unfemale and, indeed, unmortherly. That the absolute essence of womanhood and maternity is to sustain life, at all costs, whatever the situation.
My belief in the ultimate sociological, emotional and practical necessity for abortion became even stronger after I had my two children. It is only after you have had a nine-month pregnancy, laboured to get the child out, fed it, cared for it, sat with it till 3am, risen with it at 6am, swooned with love for it and been reduced to furious tears by it that you really understand just how important it is for a child to be wanted. How motherhood is a game you must enter with as much energy, willingness and happiness as possible.
And the most important thing of all, of course, is to be wanted, desired and cared for by a reasonably sane, stable mother. I can honestly say that my abortion was one of the least difficult decisions of my life. I’m not being flippant when I say it took me longer to decide what worktops to have in the kitchen than whether I was prepared to spend the rest of my life being responsible for a further human being, because I knew that to do it again - to commit my life to another person - might very possibly stretch my abilities, and conception of who I am, and who I want to be, and what I want and need to do - to breaking point. The idea that I might not - in an earlier era, or a different country - have a choice in the matter, seems both emotionally and physically barbaric.
My take on abortion.
The only person who has any say as to what goes on with their body is the person with something growing inside them.
End of story.
I love this maaaaan.
I’m pro choice. Pro choice doesn’t mean I want to force every unplanned pregnancy to be aborted or that I disagree when I woman keeps a baby who was the product of rape, incest, underage sex, etc. It means I respect a woman’s choice to have an abortion if she so wishes. And personally, I believe that if you disagree with that, then you should because you disagree, not because you were told to.
Sertain people Should underStand thiS Sort of thing. AlSo they Should practiSe what they preach.
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