I'm very pro-choice. If you can't afford to support a child or it will interfere negatively with your life in some way then I think anyone should have the right to abort it, particularly if contraception was used but failed.
Though to be honest, I don't think anyone can really judge until they've been in that situation.
I'm pro-life, I believe abortion=murder. The killing at Frankland was wrong but a woman who kills an innocent baby deserves a very long prison term. Someone in a high place in government should leak a list of NAMES of women who have had abortions, like Sarah's Law II.
I chose 'Prefer life', but I think that I'm a little more 'choice' than that.
Just to put it in perspective, I think that if a sixteen year old girl gets pregnant, and has no idea of how to raise a baby, no financial stability or backing and doesn't have a strong emotional support system, I think it's OK for an abortion to take place - I don't think raising a child in such conditions is fair on the mother or child.
However, if a young couple (say, 20 years old) fall pregnant, and don't want the baby, but do have some money, I think abortion becomes somewhat morally wrong, but, it's just a general sort of line somewhere - all quite fuzzy.
Also a thing I should add - I think the cut off date for abortions is way too late. I personally think that 24 weeks is far too late to have an abortion, and think that around 12 weeks is the latest to have an abortion in cases that don't threaten the woman's life or won't cause her serious harm.
Personally, these are more guidelines for myself and just opinions I've formed. If I hear that anyone's had an abortion, I wouldn't form an opinion on whether it's 'wrong' or 'right', because I wouldn't know all the details, and there are hundreds of factors and emotions that come in to this sort of thing, so I think it's difficult to form an opinion on particular occasions unless you are the person going through it.
I'm pro-choice, as long as there was contraception used responsibly which somehow failed. People who have sex with no contraception and expect everything to be fine (I know a few of these, and one girl in particular has aborted 3 times by the age of 17) are completely silly. It's irresponsible to think of abortion as a contraceptive method.
Before i did biology A-Level I was pro-choice but Ive selected pro-life from a point. I have no problem with women taking the morning after pill or the hormonal part of an abortion, at the end of the day you are just destroying cells which your body is doing off its own back anyway. The problem i have is surgical abortion- physically and violently removing anatomical parts of a human being, i watched a video as a part of my ethics course at a level and it is murder. The fact lies that babies have survived before the cut off point of an abortion and at the end of the day a baby is completely innocent in all proceedings. There is always adoption which to me is the most loving thing to do for all parties.
I guess i'm sort of pro-life. I think its always a baby and that where possible abortion should be avoided. I also don't think I could go through with an abortion. However I also think people really shouldn't judge unless they've been in that situation, thankfully I havn't, but being realistic, if I fell pregnant during uni, would there be much chance of keeping the baby? It's not something I want to think about. Don't see anything wrong with the MAP, as long as its for emergencies only.
I just don't think people should judge, I highly doubt anyone who gets an abortion finds it a decision to take lightly.
I'm pro-choice. I don't feel it's anyone else's business other than the "mother" and "father".
I don't think anybody can honestly say they are completely pro-life unless they are vegan.
I think it's completely hypocritical to use the argument "life is life" when they are willing to eat eggs, meat or wear leather.
I am not vegan (I'm actually an avid meat eater) nor am I against abortion but I just wanted to put my point across here that alot of the arguments put forward by pro-life activists are to me hypocritical. And can you as pro life activists really use the argument of human over animal to then justify your resentment towards abortion? It may be true that due to evolution we are the higher species but you cannot justify 'saving' one life whilst you allow the destruction of another. After all many pro-life activists do use the argument a 'life is a life' so then what constitutes as a life.
I personally feel that up until there is a fully formed fetus, this is not a life. Abortion in the very early stages to me does not become killing.
Overpopulation is the single biggest challenge humanity faces today. As a result, I am very much pro-choice but still think that abortions should be allowed only up to a particular point, i.e when the foetus starts developing a brain and nervous system. Those of you who say life begins at fertilization and that every embryo is a potential life etc etc are wrong. Guys, every second your body destroys sperm that aren't used, so under that logic we are constantly destroying potential lives. Same with girls, every month you have a period that's another 'potential life' flushed down the loo. Basically every millisecond you decide not to have sex you are destroying potential lives.
I don't want to sound reductionist, (because surprisingly I do have emotions), but we have to realise that 'life' in itself is a word made up by humans; it is only a concept that we have conjured and many of us should think more about it's actual meaning. In my opinion, once you've developed a nervous system, can experience suffering, and have a definite stable family ready to look after you, that's where life begins.
I just thought I'd add something to this thread. I know this has been done to death.
Just over a year ago, I was raped by someone I knew (an acquaintance), and I became pregnant as a result. For all the people speculating on this, there really is no way to know for sure unless you're in that position, and from my perspective there really was no other choice. I knew I couldn't risk looking at my child every day and seeing it's fathers face, or remembering the night it happened. I personally could not have kept that baby, and abortion was the only way I could see. Adoption was not an option, since I knew I couldn't carry my rapist's baby for 9 months - that's a special kind of torture.
Generally though, I agree its over used, and I also agree that the father should get some say if the child was conceived without force.