Friday, October 19, 2007

Now where is it...

I am looking for something. Maybe you have it. I am looking for a pro-choice argument that is not founded on the idea that a woman's body is her private property. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok...

When a law against abortions gets passed, there are exceptions. The thing about these stated exceptions is there will always be valid exceptions which do not get covered. There are various medical reasons for an abortion other than a "birth control" reason.

Here's one: My cousin had to "terminate the pregnancy" when she found out at a little over 3 months that her unborn baby did not have a brain. The baby was still alive at this time, but with no brain a baby would die at birth since the only reason it is still alive is due to the connection to the mother.

So without an abortion, a mother in this situation would have to carry the baby for 6 more months all the while knowing that it will die after the umbilical cord is cut during birth. This is not directly "harmful" to the mother or the baby, therefore I'm sure some sort of legal action would have to be taken to get this type of situation to be seen as an "exception" under an anti-abortion law, which would probably take longer than 6 months for a decision to be made in the court system.

I don't know if you would consider this a pro-choice argument, but it is the reason I consider myself "pro-choice" since I wouldn't want any law to tell me what I have to do if I were in a similar situation. Let me know what you think.

-Rachel

Matthew said...

Makes sense to me! Thanks for coming to my aide.

I think I should have been more specific in my question, though, as I'm more on the lookout for ethical arguments over legal arguments. I asked mainly because the argument from the body-as-private property makes me cringe a bit. The legal argument is founded on this idea. What would Marx say about abortion?

Anonymous said...

I never liked the "body-as-private property" thing either, cause it's not just your own body you are affecting... obviously why so many people are caught up on defining when a fetus is really a baby, which is why I had been pro-life for a while (oh, and cause church was jambing it down my throat). ... not that I like labels or anything either.

I know I'm not helping to answer your ethical/philosophical question any further, but I would be interested if you figure out what you are looking for here. Good luck :)

Rachel