Let’s say I break my arm.
I guess I could just leave it. Maybe it’d fall off. Perhaps it wouldn’t.
But if I had any sense I’d get it seen to.
Or I might catch a serious disease which if left untreated would kill me.
It’s around injuries and accidents that we have developed the mordern health care system. “First do no Harm” is what doctors sign up to – they’re there to fix stuff that would otherwise kill us or do serious injury.
Pregnancy is not a disease. It’s a normal bodily function (in the female of the species anyway).* Without it, the human race would have ceased to exist centuries ago. Without it, this blog would have no readers.
I am assured by women I know who have had several children that pregnancy is seriously inconvenient. It typically starts with months of vomiting and nausea and vomiting and ends with a very large belly that makes certain tasks quite difficult and squashes various internal organs creating such problems as a need to frequently urinate. In the case of an illegitimate conception, a late term pregnancy tells the whole world of the shame of the pregnant woman.
(Of course, in this day and age there is rarely shame in such situations, indeed the entire concept of an illegitimate pregnancy is largly absent from our society. Strangely however the feminist movement seems to forget this fact whenever abortion is discussed.)
I am also assured that life after birth is severely inconvenient too. But believe it or not, that’s beside the point. Any parent who really finds the inconvenience of a live baby too much to bear may utilise foster parenting or adoption.
No, this post is about abortion and questions of ending a pregnancy. To me, the ultimate question is one of the convenience of terminating a pregnancy verses the fact of the human rights of the baby. Does the woman have the right to “her own body” or does the conceived baby?
Again, let me more clearly define what I’m talking about. I’m speaking of situations where the woman has consented to the sexual act knowing that one probably outcome of choosing pleasure over responsibility is a pregnancy. Rape or incest are quite different debates to consensual situations.
But back to my original point. Healthcare is fixing a broken arm, or treating a disease. Doctors do not cut off arms because patients ask. You cannot go into a hospital and ask to be injected with smallpox because you’d like a few days off work or a new experience.
So why can a woman go into a hospital and ask for a procedure which, if universally applied, would end the human species?
*Yes, I’m male. Get over it.
Only in cases of rape or incest. But this should be a law which includes a codicil to fluctuate given surrounding factors. At the present time, there are many people willing to foster or adopt. But it may not always be that way.
I presume that you believe that the conceived fetus has the right to a woman’s body and that it has human rights
Yet you imply that rape and incest are acceptable reasons for an abortion. I fail to see how a fetus loses the rights you claim it has due to the nature of its conception.
For myself, I was not claiming that the fetus is any less human, rather however that it was a different debate.
The fetus has a right to be cared for by the parents and not get murdered.
Yes, I’m male. Get over it.
“So why can a woman go into a hospital and ask for a procedure which, if universally applied, would end the human species?” This isn’t an argument. There’s a lot of things that if universally applied would end the human species. For example, getting a vasectomy.
Like FiscalConservative, I don’t believe that if you afford human rights to the foetus of a woman who consented to sex, you can then consider the foetus of a woman who was raped as less of a human.
I think history has shown that abortion will occur whether or not it is legal. Making it legal improves community health. It is a health issue.
” Healthcare is fixing a broken arm, or treating a disease”. No it isn’t. Its about improving the health of a community. This involves a lot more than treating diseases or fixing injuries after they’ve occurred. Preventative medicine and palliative medicine are vital cogs in the healthcare system as well.
Its about improving the health of a community.
True, it’s a bit wider than I stated.
But unborn babies are part of the community too.
This isn’t an argument. There’s a lot of things that if universally applied would end the human species. For example, getting a vasectomy.
Er, no. Haven’t really thought about that one, have you? It’s quite possible for every man to have a vasectomy at some stage in his life without sacrificing humanity.
I’m sticking with my original point.
Again, let me more clearly define what I’m talking about. I’m speaking of situations where the woman has consented to the sexual act knowing that one probably outcome of choosing pleasure over responsibility is a pregnancy.
One possible outcome of eating a meal is indigestion but would you say the diner shouldn’t take Quickease to fix it…?
Our nature as Human beings drives us to better our lives by applying reason to objective reality…we don’t just accept things and make the best of it…we look to remove the problem altogether.
Quickease is best taken before a meal.
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