Discuss: Abortion, rape and Todd Akin
The remarks by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, and the reaction over them, bring out the issue of abortion and rape. Many people dislike the idea of abortion, but like it in the case of rape (and perhaps also incest). I can understand the liking and disliking, but not the logic. When it comes to a law about abortion, I don't think rape should matter in it.
I am pro-abortion. I think the woman ought to have the sole right to decide until legal personhood begins. (When is a different question. Assume it's at birth.) I can't prove my point of view to the anti-abortion side, just as the anti-abortion side can't prove its opinion to me; both views are based on assumptions and arguments from analogy. Basically I am on the pro-abortion side because I think that rule makes logical sense and is easier to live with than its opposite.
I disagree with the person who is against abortion in all cases (except perhaps to save the life of the mother) but the position does make logical sense. If the fetus or embryo is a person, it should be protected; how it was created is irrelevant to it. What makes the least sense to me are the "moderate" positions, which say you can abort it for reasons A, B, and C but not D, E and F. Either the mother has authority or she doesn't. I say she does.
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