When someone says that the conceived in the uterus is not a human life, we need to challenge that on the basis that he is not a blueprint of a human being. He is not a part of a human being. He is a human being.
Physicians, biologists and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being - a being that is alive and is a member of the human species.
I am not going to get into the circular debate of at what point a human being assumes validity (because that is subjective and hence the explanation why I believe that validity extends from conception to natural death) - rather, I was countering a poster's opinion that abortion does not kill a human life...because it undoubtedly does...no more or less.
I would reduce the limit. I believe strongly in women's rights, but I also believe in the rights of the baby. 12 weeks for abortion without any good reason, 20 weeks when there are unusual circumstances. Abortions later than that should be reserved for extreme situations, such as when the mother's life is in danger.
While thats pretty much what I think the law should be, what do you guys think about situations where a woman doesnt realize that she is pregnant until the second or even third trimester but still wants an abortion?
Stepping into the debate a little late here but I thought I'd add my thoughts.
Personally I think the woman's rights are more important than the unborn baby's. If she doesn't want to have the child for whatever reason, then it's up to her.
I don't know enough about the medical procedure to give a definite answer to the poll, but keeping it at 24 weeks or a bit longer seems reasonable.
I voted 12 weeks, but my actual view is 12 weeks on a case of just decided I didn't want the baby, up to 20 weeks for a good reason (child has disease, mother would be at risk if pregnancy continued etc).
After that a baby can survive, so I get a little uncomfortable with the idea of aborting it.