My feelings on this are strong,but quite simple: this is a medical issue, not a legal one, and as such, the only people who should have any say in it at all are the parents and the physicians.
Government has no place dictating medical decisions. The same is true for end-of-life issues like assisted suicide, pain relief and maintenance of artificial life-sustaining treatments. The decision in each case is up to medical professionals and, ultimately, the individual(s) involved. Government should stay the hell out of it.
Ron, it's a pleasure to meet you. I couldn't agree with you more on all that you've said. I might phrase the choice for choice's sake a bit differently, but we are essentially in 100% agreement. I've recently come across two of the best links I have ever found on this issue. Both are great. One is by a doctor who cites a study among others which is said to be the only one of its kind, from sexual assault victims themselves. This one answers "The Rape Debate." The other one is a website full of statistics. Oddly enough, these statistics come directly from Planned Parenthood's stat group itself. PP being the biggest abortion clinic in the US, if anyone had motive to doctor these stats, it would be them. They are devastating to the prochoice movement.
Here are the two links:
Answering "The Rape Debate": http://afterabortion.org/rape.html
Why I am Prolife: http://www.whyprolife.com/abortion-facts/
It's funny how we are meeting more and more people like us. Prolife Conservative Atheists
These truths are swinging back. Let's continue to keep our door open to the others!!!
Again, just as a reminder, I have created a group for prolife conservative atheists, separate from this one, on FB,
Prolife Conservative Nontheists (members: Just me): http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=137506376271128
Also, there are two other FB groups, you might enjoy:
Conservative Atheists (members: 211):http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=48625003215
SecularProlife.org (members: 413): http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=54623206855
Just as caution, there are many people of faith on the SecularProlife.org FB group, but the main purpose of the group is obviously to promote secular prolife arguments.
That's completely reasonable. I'm not there, but I get it. Also, thanks for the words.
I have another friend who has created an extra Facebook account for herself to avoid being castigated for her atheism. She lives in a small town, and she is surrounded by people of faith. She just opened up an extra facebook page under a family nick name. She uses the nick name account often to see what others are up to and what they are saying. Meanwhile she uses the original account where she's much much more reserved about her lack of faith. She's been doing this for a long long time now, and nobody from her town is the wiser.
That's just something you can do if your internal nature kicks your butt and you want a breath of fresh air. It's great to hear from people that share parts of ourself! You become whole again and recognize who you are and where you've been the whole time since you last identified all of your parts and where you were headed. I myself can't stand the thought of truth dying with me and not propagating and living on with anyone else.
Great video!!! Pro-life and science-based reasoning.
My opinion: It doesn't matter. Abortion is a medical issue, not a public or legal one, and should be entirely up to the person(s) involved, no one else. Government and the general public should have no hand in medical decisions, any more than they can tell someone whether or not they are allowed to have an appendectomy.
This is a matter of personal freedom and responsibility. What medical procedures anyone chooses to undergo are no one else's business. On the flip side, it's also true that no one else should be asked to pay for anything.