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RE: [humanism-174] Abortion: Murder, Compassion, or Convenience?

From: Jim W.
Sent on: Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:55 PM

I think you would appreciate the video I posted recently on this complex topic.





From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of MichaelV
Sent: Thursday, June 18,[masked]:45 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [humanism-174] Abortion: Murder, Compassion, or Convenience?


I just watched Mike Huckabee's interview on the Daily Show in which they discussed abortion, and it really got me thinking.

There seems to be three positions that one can take on this issue; unlike just about any other subject, abortion is one that seems to defy both reason and consensus.  My position on the subject shall illustrate my point.

Abortion is murder.  It matters not that the foetus is 2 days old or 2 days from birth; ending a human life in a womb is tantamount to ending one anywhere else.

Abortion is also an act of compassion.  People make mistakes.  Young people make mistakes, as do old.  Sometimes, people are forced into a situation in which they must choose; take my unborn child's life, or bring them into a world woefully unable, unprepared, or unwilling to care for them.  I would argue that it is worse to cause unnecessary suffering, or to burden both a child and a parent with a situation lacking love, respect, concern, or compassion.

Abortion is used as a means of convenience; it is laughable to assume that every woman/man/couple that pursues an abortion is doing so out of concern for the well being of either their child or themselves.  This is not to suggest that abortion clinics are the McDonald's of the health care system; but it must be acknowledged that with over 2 million performed a year, the likely hood that even half of those are done with consideration for the consequences is practically nil.

I have never gotten a girl pregnant, but if I did I would do whatever it took to bring that child to term; I also think that abortion should remain as the Democratic party posits: safe, legal, and rare. 


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