Introduction and Index to articles on Reproductive choice:
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Here is a guide to the articles that follow on this site, with quick links directly to each individual article:
Moral Issues: Life vs. Personhood
This article discusses the moral aspects of the abortion issue. When human life begins (it is before “conception”); when human life becomes a human person; the moral considerations of a woman making her own decisions about the most private part of her own body.
Legal Aspects of Reproductive Rights
This artcile discusses the legal aspects of the abortion issue, and why abortion should remain a valid, lawful choice for women regardless of one’s opinions as to the moral aspects. Extensive historical perspective is included, including the often surprising point that at the time this country was founded, abortion was fully legal in all thirteen colonies and states, and the intent of the founders for it to remain legal was one of the primary legal foundations for Roe v. Wade.
Abortion and Judeo-Christian Religion
This article debunks the popular myth that the Bible prohibits, opposes or in the slightest way expresses disapproval of abortion, which was well-known and widely practiced in Bible times. Extensive historical and scriptural support is provided, including extensive citations and discussions of chapter and verse on specific passages commonly cited.
Late Term Abortion, Parental Consent, Abortion in cases of Rape and Other Issues in Reproductive Freedom
This article address other popular issues and additional aspects that are often brought up regarding abortion, such as discussions of late-term abortion (extremely rare and only done under conditions of extreme medical trauma), Parental Consent, Abortion in cases of Rape, comparing abortion to the Holocaust or slavery, the dishonesty of graphic posters and signs, issues regarding late term abortion, the myth of abortion-induced guit, and other issues in women’s reproductive self-determination.
Pro choice vs. Pro Abortion
Being PRO CHOICE means supporting a woman’s right to make medical and personal decisions about her own body with regard to reproduction and sexuality. In the case of pregnancy, it means the right to be able to choose whether or not to use contraception (and what kind), and when a pregnancy occurs, to decide is she wishest to continue the pregnancy or not and on what terms. If the pregnancy is unwanted, it means the woman, in consultation with whatever medical, family, counseling or other advisors SHE ALONE CHOOSES (or not), decides whether to continue the pregnancy to term and keep the resulting child, continue the pregnancy to term and adopt the child out, or not to continue the pregnancy (i.e., have an abortion).
There are some who consfuse being PRO CHOICE with being PRO ABORTION. However, since the right to choose includes the full array of choices, and not just abortion, that is an inaccurate description that reflects either a lack of understanding or an intent to misrepresent others’ views.
Now, I don’t doubt that there are some who promote abortion, such as the anti-choice forced abortions of China that are as reprehensible ad the forced pregnancies that religious tyrants wish to mandate. Such persons could accurately be said to be PRO ABORTION.
But it is my experience that when people are referred to as being “pro-abortion,” more commonly it is a reference to the RIGHT to choose an abortion (or to choose to adopt out or to choose to carry and keep – whatever CHOICE the WOMAN wants), not in support of abortion itself.
For example, some have called me “pro abortion” which is not true.
I promote the RIGHT to make that OR ANY OTHER CHOICE.
My own personal OPINION is that abortion is a remedial response to an unfortunate and unwanted situation, and is better prevented but, if needed, should be available.
Similarly, I believe that a root canal is a remedial response to an unfortunate condition of oral disease, but that even if the person has poor eating and hygeine habits or preventive care fails, patients should have the right to choose that treatment option rather than, say, full removal of the diseased tooth.
I would not call myself “pro-ROOT CANAL,” but I do support the right to that treatment option, even though it does kill millions of biologically autonomous living creatures (bacteria) occupying and infecting the neural canals of diseased dental tissue, because I happen to believe that a single sentient human PERSON, who happens to be the owner of that particular mouth, is the only one who has the right to make that decision.
Legality and Morality differentiated
In discussing the issue of abortion, there are two distinct areas: the MORAL issue and the LEGAL issue. It is possible to hold the view that abortion is not MORAL, but not subscribing to the view that it should be subject to regulation as a matter of law. For example, many believe it to be a moral transgression — a sin — for two unmarried consenting adults to engage in sexual intimacy, but almost none would think it should be criminalized as a matter of law.
In this series of articles, we will examine the MORAL issues and LEGAL issues as the separate dimensions that they are.
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