Man-Made, abstract concepts do not exist in nature. amirite?
Furthermore, you are saying you've been brain-dead? Last time I checked no one has ever regained consciousness after the major parts of the brain have been destroyed.
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I used to think life began during the final stages of the birthing process. I've changed my views to thinking life begins at fertilization and implantation.
Like you, I used to be "pro-choice" on abortion.
My position was the (now all too familiar) "I don't personally like abortion,... but who am I to tell others,... blah blah blah"
If it's not too much to ask,... could you share some of the circumstances that changed your mind?
(please God, don't let it be for religious reasons)
So the 'morning after pill' IMO is not an abortion because it prevents the fertilized egg from implanting. At the point of cell division and implantation life begins.
I have 'spiritual reasons' as well. I think it's still a terrible position to be in to have an unwanted pregnancy. But these days, culturally, we can live with unmarried women raising their children alone. That was not the case pre-Roe v Wade. I remember women who took their own lives, who died in back alley or coat hanger procedures, who died of infections. I remember a time when some women were not permitted to have any kind of contraception or choice of being sexual.
I consider myself in favor of a woman's right to choose. I have more reservations about what circumstances constitute the levity to make that decision than I used to.
Generally, I think it's best for the woman to carry the pregnancy to term and to put her child up for adoption if she is unable or unwilling to raise the child.
What about in cases of rape or incest or medical danger to a woman's health?
Don't you think there are some circumstances that should be weighed in the decision?
I once worked in family planning. I could not, at this time.in good conscience counsel a woman to have an abortion unless she had been raped or sexually molested by a relative or at risk of dying. If the woman was suicidal, I would take that into consideration. I still think it's best for the woman to carry the pregnancy to term, but if she is at risk of taking her own life, that would give me pause.
If a woman dies from child birth, suicide, infection or an unsafe procedure two deaths have occurred. I'd prefer no deaths at all on my watch, and when it is absolutely necessary, I would rather only one death than two.
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