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  •  Good thing you didn't ask me (0+ / 0-)

    my views on birth control.  

    •  I don't understand what that means (0+ / 0-)

      That you're against it? Or that you believe it's effective 100% of the time and that therefore no one should ever need an abortion?

      The other point to bear in mind is that when you bestow 100% personhood upon a fetus, you're actually giving it rights that trump those of the woman carrying it. In a situation where a pregnancy is threatening the health of the woman, giving the fetus "equal status" with the woman essentially means that you can't intervene to protect her interests; you pretty much just have to sit there and let nature take its course.

      You'd also be subjecting the woman to unwanted oversight and intervention by the state to protect the interests of the fetus, giving the government control over everything from what she eats to whether she works to the vitamins she takes to ensure she's not creating an "unsafe environment" for the person she is now sharing her body with under force of law. Would every pregnancy have to be registered with the government (as live births are today)? Would miscarriages be investigated as "suspicious deaths" and need to be cleared by coronors and medical professionals (as a child's death would be today)? And, since it's easy to keep early pregnancies a secret, would women's menstrual cycles have to be monitored by some government entity to ensure nothing untoward is going on in our wombs?

      In other words, the more you personalize the fetus the more you're actually de-personalizing the woman. To me, as a woman, this would make pregnancy a terrifying proposition.

      I get that you oppose abortion on moral grounds, and that is, of course, your right. You can also believe that a zygote/embryo/fetus has a unique and special status that should be protected and nurtured under nearly all circumstances. But you get into a really dangerous, murky area when you try to blanketly state "zygote = person with full constitutional rights, no exceptions." I don't think a lot of people who adopt that extreme a position really understand the constitutional issues involved, and how detrimental it would be to the legal status of women.

      "I can't come to bed yet! Someone is WRONG on the Internet!" - XKCD

      by SingularExistence on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 07:57:45 AM PDT

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