I recently commented on this post and felt that I wanted more people to read over this debate to get other's two cents worth.
First read KittenStomper's post and the subsequent comments.
And here is my response to his latest comment on the post:
"would you force a rape victim to give birth to her rapist's child? The victim of incest to give birth to her very own brother?"
Let us discuss some numbers:
In a poll conducted by Planned Parenthood, 1900 women were surveyed and as it pertains to the reason for their abortion, these were the results:
21% - not ready for the responsibility
21% - could not afford the baby
16% - concerned over how the baby would change their life
12% - blamed a relationship problem
11% - not mature enough
8% - had enough children
1% - the result of rape or incest
A woman that is raped has other choices. Abortion is not the only choice. It takes several HOURS for conception to happen after sexual intercourse. She has the right and could make the choice to go to an emergency room and be treated with a spermicide.
Another study shows that victims of incest rarely ever voluntarily agree to an abortion. Rather they view the pregnancy as a way out of the incestuous relationship because the birth of a child would expose the sexual activity.
"Or if giving birth was a death sentence, due to a health concern, of the mother?"
I believe what you might be asking here is the ole pro-choice standby 'what about in cases where the woman's life or health might be in danger?'
I don't think this is a valid concern. In any case where a mother's life could be in danger if she were to give birth to a child, a doctor would induce labor or perform a C-section.
A similar argument would be if your house is on fire and you had to choose whether to save your wife or your child, who would you choose?
"legislating your opposition.....eliminate the right for them...from weighing their unique circumstances.."
What unique circumstances?
And as far as taking a woman's LEGAL right to an abortion?
Does a woman have the LEGAL right to drive 100 mph on the freeway? No, she does not.
Does a woman have the LEGAL right to not pay her taxes? No, she does not.
Does a woman have the LEGAL right to sell her organs on eBay? No, she does not.
Does a woman have the LEGAL right to sell her body for sexual favors? No, she does not.
You see, people have fewer rights in this country than you really think they do but this is a great country and we do have many rights afforded to us. However, I think giving a woman the LEGAL right to KILL another human being should not be included in the rights we do have.