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  •  Well, abortion that late... (25+ / 0-)

    ...is one of those argumentative "straw men" that virtually never happens, but various factual considerations, all with superimposed moral and legal substance, must enter into this determination: [a] sentience (determined by the progressive capability of the developing fetal brain for conscious awareness and intentional behavior), [b] independent viability (the ability of the fetus to live on its own apart from the woman's body), [c] the will and state of health of the pregnant woman, and [d] the health of the fetus.

    I think the point, of necessity subjectively determined and inevitably arbitrary to a large extent, at which all these considerations would be reasonably balanced is the junction between the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, or at about 24 to 26 weeks gestation. At this point, contrary to the sensationalized misinformation common in "pro-life" propaganda, the developing fetal brain is still developmentally at least several weeks short of sentience, and it is extremely rare for a fetus earlier than this stage to survive physical separation from the mother's womb, or birth, with even the most advanced neonatal care.

    I personally support the legality of late term (third trimester) abortion only in those cases in which the fetus is discovered to have severe anomalies incompatible with survival or meaningful life outside the womb, in cases in which the life or health of the pregnant woman would be seriously jeopardized by continuation of the pregnancy, and in some cases of rape or incest in which women’s awareness of being pregnant is occasionally delayed by psychological denial related to their post-traumatic mental states and, of course, then only if freely chosen by the particular pregnant women involved.

    No matter how fervently you believe that you know what you merely believe, you merely believe it, and you might be wrong - very wrong.

    by Beket on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 03:36:53 PM PDT

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    •  I support abortion by the will of the mother (3+ / 0-)
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      at any time of the pregnancy period.  Her reasons are her own.  Saying this, it would be a very rare abortion of healthy late term fetus indeed given ideal conditions.  As it stands, the Right -wing Fundamentalists taking over state and local governments have made assess to abortion difficult.  This will cause later term abortions of health fetuses.

    •  Yes, I agree. Of us here, you have the knowledge (1+ / 0-)
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      and experience to make that call. I thank you(what a trite phrase!). Hope that you are as safe as possible. Your signature is perfect for your commitment.

      My personal computer is limited, can't post without tagging on. Community computer better. Pardon tagging to comments, spelling, please.

      by CuriousBoston on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 08:40:29 AM PDT

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