My wife has three biological children. They are all the result of the failing of different birth control methods. Condom failed on the first. Birth control pills happened on the second. In the case of the third a condom and a tubal failed.
Contraceptives aren't failproof.
I thought that was Dungeons & Dragons.
I can never see why this arbitary line of 'viability" is used. Once the embryo has implanted into the placenta every single one of them is as viable as the next. Sure many ( and without going to check the facts, i think most) do not go on to continue to develop, but any act that ends that continued developement is in effect ending a life.
I've made this point before elsewhere on this forum and been shouted down so I want to make one thing clear. I do not support taking the right of a woman to choose an abortion.
My viewpoint is that a rational and non-emotional view on it is that there is no moral argument to support the act of abortion. It is ending artificially a life. If we could stop the argument degenerating into a religious one I think that more would come to this veiw as well.
The only exception i would make is when continuing the pregancy poses a risk to the life of the mother.
Every option is better than abortion in my book. And as shitty a position it would be in I even extend that to pregnancy as result of rape. Its the fault of the rapist, not the child... but they are the one who pays with their life.
Again i say. I am never going to have to make that decision myself and therefore I would never condem a woman who has made this choice themselves, or seek to stop her from being able to make that choice. I just hope that through education we woudl get tot he stage when no-one would make that decision.
Sorry for hijacking the discussion further but I really think its one of the more important discusison anyone can have.
I hardly think it's an arbitrary choice. Making 18 the legal age for being an adult, but 21 to drink, those are arbitrary. They're not based on anything that actually says this person is less likely to be stupid or anything.
The cutoff line is around the point that the fetus is developed enough to survive on its own, but also it's around the same point that all the parts are functioning correctly, including the nerves connecting to the brain. It is at this point that pain can actually be felt.