There is/are no child/ children until birth.
There are no chickens until they are hatched.
An embryo or fetus is not a child or a person until it is born.
I have 4 grown children. I am a mother of 4.
I had 6 pregnancies , 2 ended in miscarriage.
One miscarriage was early 5 to 6 weeks gestation.
The other was about 20 weeks.
Those miscarriages were not children.
The body functions are completely different.
It is not a child/ person until it is born.
I will agree that once a fetus becomes viaible it is a potential person and I agree with Roe vs. Wade that abortions should be limited to the extreme cases once viability is reached. The extreme cases are cases where the woman's life or irreparable damage to a major bodily function would take place if the pregnancy were allowed to continue, where the fetus has died in the womb, when it will be stillborn or when it so malformed it would live only a few minutes or hours.
The limit of viability is 24 weeks gestation.
Less than .08 of all abortions in the USA take place at or after 24 weeks gestation.
They are the extreme cases that I mentioned above.
'The measure bans most abortions at about 12 weeks of pregnancy, once a fetal heartbeat can be detected by a standard ultrasound. It includes exemptions for rape, incest, the life of the mother and major fetal conditions. Doctors who violate the prohibition would have their licenses revoked by the state medical board.'
Seems fine to me.
I mean, the woman had 12 weeks (more or less) to make up her mind if she wanted to abort it or not. If that is not enough time - tough.
I am for abortions before there is brain activity.
But once there is brain/heart activity, it is no longer a potential person - it IS a person...and to abort it is killing.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
Far better that the children who do get born are those who are wanted and who will be cared for than we ban abortion and have many born who face difficult lives and childhoods in children's homes just because you think abortion is a selfish act.
And anyway, it is still the choice of the woman. On the other side, I am quite happy that if a woman chooses to have a child and the father says no that he has a reasonable time period to make his decision and be absolved of child care costs if the mother goes ahead.
The age of medically assisted viability is presently near 26 weeks .. but it is descending, as medical science continues its technological improvements.
But 26 weeks is a far cry from the Arkansas law's 12 weeks.
So clearly the Arkansas law is a challenge to Roe and Webster .. likely a deliberate one, hoping to make its way to the SCOTUS.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
And how many children would have happy lives with loving families who are prepared to adopt them?It's far more selfish to put unwanted children onto this world where they won't have the support and care anti-abortionists think they do. How many kids would end up living miserable lives in children's homes just to satisfy the selfish whims and morals of the anti-abortionist?
There are many children who have grown up with women on their own who are quite happy to be alive. Abortion is a selfish act and there is no getting around that. It should be legal, but it has to be understood also that it is immoral.Far better that the children who do get born are those who are wanted and who will be cared for than we ban abortion and have many born who face difficult lives and childhoods in children's homes just because you think abortion is a selfish act.
Yes, it's time that father's had a say in all of this as well. If a woman is responsible for her body that pretty much removes the responsibility from the man. And with the number of unwed mother's around that's seems to be the social situation we see now.And anyway, it is still the choice of the woman. On the other side, I am quite happy that if a woman chooses to have a child and the father says no that he has a reasonable time period to make his decision and be absolved of child care costs if the mother goes ahead.