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Since most pregnancies end

Since most pregnancies end in miscarriages before a woman even knows she is pregnant, does that make the woman a murderer?

A child is not a child when it's a fetus or an embryo. That's why the terms fetus and embryo exist. Neither the fetus nor the embryo is able to live without the mother. Scientifically speaking, the embryo and fetus are parasitic in that their life depends on the host organism. If the host organism dies, then the embryo/fetus dies.

Later on, that fetus begins to acquire functions independent of its host. By that time (the third trimester), there are no abortions except in case of serious medically legitimate conditions that may preclude the life/death of the mother. These procedures are the ones known by the very misnamed label of "late term abortions" and constitute a very very small fraction of 1% of all abortions. Very few hospitals and doctors perform them for a variety of reasons, chief among them the possibility of some nut going on a murdering rampage.

A woman's uterus is her own body. No one asks for an ultrasound and a 24-hour waiting period for gallbladder removal or kidney transplant or whatever else. Why is the uterus treated any differently? Why should a woman carry a child she may not want or care for or have the financial means to support?

There are already so many kids who are in the foster care system, whose parents mistreated, abused or otherwise could not care for.

Not every woman who has an abortion does so because it's fun. It's not fun to have severe cramps and lots of bleeding, not to mention to experience the emotional side effects.

If you don't want an abortion, don't have one. However, it should be legal, safe and available to all women who need it without government interference. The U.S. is not a theocracy; if you desire a place where your own religious views are the law, perhaps you may want to consider such wonderful havens as Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.


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