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Post your opinions on abortion here.
I am just interested to see everyone else's views.
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A fertilised egg is not a person, and a week-old embryo that lacks even a rudimentary nervous system is not a person. I don't see any problem with the lives of such creatures being ended. A foetus whose central nervous system is advanced to the point that they can perceive their world, react, emote, and feel pain is definitely a person, and I don't think aborting such a foetus is ethical. I don't know enough about human foetal development to know exactly where I'd draw the line.
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A fertilised egg is not a person, and a week-old embryo that lacks even a rudimentary nervous system is not a person. I don't see any problem with the lives of such creatures being ended. A foetus whose central nervous system is advanced to the point that they can perceive their world, react, emote, and feel pain is definitely a person, and I don't think aborting such a foetus is ethical. I don't know enough about human foetal development to know exactly where I'd draw the line.
Interesting...
My question to you is when does a foetus become human?
And sure you could argue if you can't definitely draw the line at a certain point it would be better to not abort any babies if you could be endangering humans.
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I support a woman's right to do what she feels is best for herself. Nobody should have the right to dictate to a woman whether or not she should have an abortion - it's her choice.
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I support a woman's right to do what she feels is best for herself. Nobody should have the right to dictate to a woman whether or not she should have an abortion - it's her choice.
// I don't see why people care what other people do with their own bodies. I do see the flip side of the argument but a woman having an abortion has nothing to do with anyone but her.
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// I don't see why people care what other people do with their own bodies. I do see the flip side of the argument but a woman having an abortion has nothing to do with anyone but her.
Totally agree - my point exactly.
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Totally agree - my point exactly.
I just struggle to understand why abortion makes some pro-life people soo militant- thinking of those pro-life people who have attacked and killed people in abortion clinics. Very pro-life of them to kill people...

I hope I haven't started something here
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Interesting...
My question to you is when does a foetus become human?
And sure you could argue if you can't definitely draw the line at a certain point it would be better to not abort any babies if you could be endangering humans.
A foetus is human even before it's a foetus. The egg and sperm cells that fuse to create it are both human cells. 'Human' is not a useful word - I prefer to use 'person' to denote the entities that can think and feel and suffer and to whom we extend human rights. Like I said, I consider a creature to be a person when it has a central nervous system - or some other operating system, if we're looking forward to AIs - that is capable of perceiving its world, thinking, emoting, and suffering.

It's very difficult to draw a line that includes all non-person foetuses and excludes all foetuses who have become people, but I think it's reasonably easy to draw one that probably excludes some non-person foetuses, but still allows abortions. Say, for example, that you made a rule that embryos of younger than three weeks could be aborted. You would not be endangering humans, because an embryo of younger than three weeks has no structure resembling a brain whatsoever. So that's a very safe line that could be drawn - the only question is, can we push it a week or two later, and give the women carrying the embryos that much more time to think and that much more power over their own bodies? The very latest that you could draw such a line is what I'm unsure about.
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It's completely down to the woman herself. I don't understand why other people are so interested with what an individual does with their own bodies. Laws against abortion are what fuel backstreet abortion clinics which are dangerous and make the whole process of abortion even more traumatic.
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It's completely down to the woman herself. I don't understand why other people are so interested with what an individual does with their own bodies. Laws against abortion are what fuel backstreet abortion clinics which are dangerous and make the whole process of abortion even more traumatic.
Hi. Its been 50 years since The Abortion Act in 1967 and since then the number of backstreet abortions have decreased rapidly. From my opinion, I do not think that people are interested in what the woman does with her body, they are interested in what she does to another human life, which is not part of her body. Abortions, not just backstreet ones, are dangerous also therefore maybe we can never in society have a safe abortion since it kills a potential human life.
For a school project I have to answer the question: "Does Christianity limit the safe access to abortions". I would love to hear your opinion on this. Thank you
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It is up the the women to decide what she thinks is best for her body whatever that might be. I get really annoyed when people start to complain about Abortions and that people shouldn't get them, they will never be in the mindset that the individual is at that moment and it should be nobody business except for the women to make the choice.
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