Why I support abortion legally while disliking it personally
Personally I support the Roe v Wade standing for first term abortions, second term legality being decided by the states, and third term abortions being prohibited except in life saving circumstances. I also don’t condone or think abortion is a good thing that anybody should do, and would absolutely raise any child I help create. I just don’t think the government has a say in it.
Life is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as
the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
From this definition life does begin at conception.
Even though life begins at conception, science tells us that consciousness (the trait that separates humanity from other life) as we know it begins between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. Therefore until that point: the fetus, while being alive, is an unaware blob of cells. The legality outlined in Roe v Wade follows our current scientific understanding of human development as to when a fetus becomes “human” (having consciousness and foresight compared to animals or vegetation which are also life). Changing that legislation to what a religion says is not a proper separation of church and state.
Pregnancy is life altering for the mother and the father, being forced to carry a pregnancy to term and then be responsible for a child is a direct infringement on a citizens right to life (mothers can die during childbirth), liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I understand people are still free with children, my point is that an unwanted and unprepared for child is most definitely an infringement for the parents.
Rights of US Citizens are wayyyyy more important than a group of cells that has yet to grow into a human.
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a Free Society