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Ed Seguin (@typhon300)    10 months, 3 weeks ago

I am just curious on people’s views on abortion. I personally am pro-choice. I believe it is someone’s body and there decision. Either way the U.S. should at least keep things straight, for example if a someone kills a pregnant women they get charged with two accounts of murder but if a pregnant women has an abortion nothing happens. This is a little two-sided in my opinion. I could even go into the sanctity of life, which in a lot of conversations goes hand in hand with abortion, which is all sorts of wrong in my opinion. What are others thoughts on this?

4 votes, posted 04.01.2012 at 1:08 am
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Uza (@lechuza)2 years ago ago

I am pro- choice. I think it must suck to be an unwanted child. Even if you’re adopted afterwards, babies are affected by the way the mother handles the pregnancy.

And yes, a fetus is life and consciousness, and that is precious, but so are all the other beings around us, and they die and kill each other all the time. A bug can kill a person and it doesn’t care. Some animals eat their young. There is no life without death. It’s sort of a cosmic sacrifice. The fact that life is precious does not mean that it’s bad thing when it ends.

Finally, if you don’t want an abortion, be careful, but nothing gives you the right to tell others what the can or can’t do.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

@jesusbob, Your argument makes no sense. Guys have no say in child support, THATS RIDICULOUS! but, woman have complete say in killing children, COMPLETELY NOT RIDICULOUS!
Having babies is the one driving force behind all human life. Men=part of human life. We have a say. It’s just easy for guys to put it all on the women. It’s their body, but you know what? The idea of human life and continuing it, is more important than one females body.
As long as I’m a human, I have a say. So to answer your question, Fuck yes I am saying that.
. @epath, Sure, and it happens a lot less, and even less pregnancy out of it. There is a thing called plan B, and abortion should be available for select cases, but not available to anyone.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

http://www.ted.com/talks/alexander_tsiaras_conception_to_birth_visualized.html

Please watch this TED talk from conception to birth.

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Jesusbob (@jesusbob)2 years ago ago

@hollowinfinity, How can you possibly equate men having to pay child support, a financial burden at worst, to a woman being allowed to choose whether she can have an abortion or not (or as you so crassly put it “killing children”), an extremely personal and life altering decision?

I am not for one second saying that men should not have a say, but only in a personal setting, not on the legal stage. This is not an issue that men should be debating as to the legality of it. To impose on a woman a law that says what she can and cannot do with her own body seems to me a infringement of her personal rights.

There simply is no equivalent for men, so how can we possibly understand what a women has to go through when she is pregnant with an unwanted child? How can we tell them what they can and cannot do when we have no clue what they are experiencing?

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

@jesusbob, Well if you can kill a child because its ‘inconvenient’ for you for 9 months, then you have some stuff to work out. Men have a say because 1) that baby is part of them too, and 2) babies are what continue human life. Men have a say in the continuance of human life. Since adoption is an option, the men should have at least some legal say in the death of his child.
I prefer to protect the rights of the unborn, because if we don’t, then we are never really free, are we?

So, if you can hold the position you do, then WHY is it fair to men to have to pay child support when he doesn’t want the child, but nothing happens to the women when she doesn’t want the child?

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

Also, unborn babies may not be on the census, but if you were drunk driving and hit a lady who was preggo, you’d be charged with double homicide.

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Oh jesus fucking bloody christ, this again.
I had an abortion in August everyone, come at me with your judgement bros!

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It’s funny that from what I can see almost every contributor in this conversation is a male. If you’ve never been through it yourself, you should probably just shut the fuck up.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

I think its funny that women don’t seem to care as much. Shit, I’m sure a lot of guys would get pregnant if they could, but that is not how the world works, but that does not mean..just because I was born a male, that I do not deserve the same parental rights as a female.

I find it funny. Most women cry and bitch about equality, but this is certainly a topic where equality is not even an option.
Also, most people have never been through an abortion. This doesn’t mean they can’t have an opinion on it. Its a very important topic. Our goal is to become more humane, not less.

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That is the most outrageous overgeneralization I’ve ever heard. I am almost speechless. It takes a lot to piss me off, and being stereotyped as “not caring” about THE most difficult experience of my life fucking disgusts me. This is one issue that I will step outside of my tolerant higher existence views of and say FUCK YOU for that judgment.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

You’re taking it waaaaaay to personal. You can get angry if you want. Sorry for the offense!

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It IS personal, and you need to be called out on the fact that you are dehumanizing real people that go through things that you can’t possibly imagine. You think it’s an easy decision? Can you even comprehend the thought of a life growing inside of you and the turmoil of deciding you cannot afford to go through the pregnancy and miss work to give it up for adoption, or pay to keep the child? No, you can’t, because you don’t have a fucking uterus. I see you go on about this all the time and I’ve held back so here it is.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

I think the fact that I have been actively talking about this is a sign that I can somewhat imagine. I’m sorry that I don’t have the privilege to go through something such as pregnancy. I really wish I did. You are taking this too personally, and maybe rightfully so, but how is this topic much different from many others held on this sight? This one in particular is just a little more ‘touchy’
Again, sorry if I offended you, but I don’t take back any of my words.

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Wow, the thing that made me decide to stick around this site and see it for how amazing it is is the very first topic I posted on here. I’m pregnant and don’t know what to do. I got nothing but support and love from people who didn’t even know me.

To see people be so judgmental just really sucks.

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Ty (@tymr)2 years ago ago

Relax peoples. This whole discussion illustrates a key problem with the issue. I think it’s tragic that people are often forced to have abortions due to financial stress, work issues, etc. Ellie, I’m very sorry you had to go through that.

I, personally, am against abortion, but I am not anti-choice. I think that if pro-lifers truly cared about saving potential lives, they would approach the situation in a completely different manner. First of all, illegalizing abortions would not stop them. They are already legal in most of the developed world, and they WILL continue to happen in secrecy, without adequate regulation and care, if they are illegalized.

Second, the best way to prevent abortions is to make birth control freely available, and to teach sex education in schools. Nobody plans to have an abortion while they are having sex. By doing this, the number of abortions that occur could be drastically lowered.

And finally, we should not allow financial stress to prevent a mother from being able to care for her child. We should drastically increased paid maternal leave, and create additional options to help mothers cope with their new responsibilities.

Most pro-lifers are conservatives who oppose every single one of these measures, but I believe that a progressive pro-life, pro-choice effort could effectively put this issue to rest.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

Ellie, I’m not being judgmental. I think no more or no less of you for your decisions..and I never will to any person, especially on a topic such as this. I may disagree with a lot of people, and I will not change my opinion to come across as less judgmental. I can disagree with what a lot of people are doing on Earth, but if I’m angry or judgmental about it towards everyone, then nothing happens, and its a giant waste of time. When I talk about it -in general, because that is what we are doing- it’s a different story. I’m talking about the issue itself, not individual personal experiences.
I wouldn’t hate someone or judge them if they had an abortion, but I can still disagree with it.

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Anonymous (@)2 years ago ago

I, personally know women who had over 5 abortions and just don’t talk about it much and I should not be even sharing this on the internet. Just because it is personal and it’s no one else’s business in the first place, and after all they’ve been through, don’t want to complain and put the burden on other people. I respect those women, even though they acknowledge that the decision is based every person involved. And yes, we should really try to be more humane, because every pregnancy is basically your future and everyone involved in it. Of course, I can speak only from a male’s point of view. That’s not even for a debate. Sheesh.
Usually I am the mad one around here. :)

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That’s the thing Alex, you are generalizing extremely personal experiences, which is nonsensical in itself and implies an objective reality which does not even fucking exist. It’s like making gay marriage a political issue. Something as personal as love or pregnancy should not be up for “general” discussion, especially by people who have no idea what they’re talking about. That includes the male politicians constantly making decisions about this stuff… And yes, that includes you. I just can’t imagine what it must be like to think you have a right to render a moral judgment on an issue that you are literally physically incapable of experiencing yourself.

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Ty (@tymr)2 years ago ago

Some people believe that a developing fetus has a genuine life, and that aborting that fetus is akin to murdering that life. So I can understand why somebody would be against that. I just think illegalization would accomplish nothing. But you don’t have to be capable of childbirth to believe that abortion is immoral.

If both sides don’t acknowledge the merit in the others’ argument, you’ll never stop fighting. And you could both be gentler about it to a stranger over the internet.

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Ty (@tymr)2 years ago ago

@Phil. W, you can also very easily justify killing a newborn baby with scientific theories. But that is simply not the issue here. It is a spiritual, implied idea of life, that is not certain, but believed. You have to respect peoples’ beliefs. And I’m not anti-choice, I just think we should take different measures to make abortions less common, and make life easier on women who have to make these tough decisions.

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Alex (@hollowinfinity)2 years ago ago

It seems as though the concept of love is able to be thought about even because of generalizing extremely personal experiences into an idea. Abortion is an issue, happening right now in our culture. How do you not generalize at all? You can’t know, nor feel everyone’s personal experiences. You still need to be able to talk about it though.
It’s like people who do drugs have the experience so they know more about drugs, and may know what they are talking about more. Sure this is true, but to say people that don’t do drugs have no say in the issue is ridiculous. It still effects them, their culture and society, and how their children can grow up.
Now if the people that did drugs were women, and the people that didn’t or couldn’t do drugs were men, then how is this different? Men should still have a say, because it ultimately effects a large portion of their lives as well.

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pat (@epath)2 years ago ago

@hollowinfinity, It’s not just a matter of inconvenience for the mother or father. It is sometimes a matter of wanting to protect the child from a world of suffering.

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Kidd (@kidd)1 year, 8 months ago ago

Sup. I want to revive this thread because I was going to make my own if I couldn’t find it. Some active HEthans already posted here, but I want you to post again if you’ve changed your views or want to add to them.

So…what do you think of abortion?

Personally, it comes down to responsibility for me. At the same time, it’s not my–or anyone else’s–business as to why a woman might get an abortion. If the potential parents aren’t responsible about it…Well, I hope they have sense enough to learn from what might have been a mistake.

Also, I do believe men have a say in abortion. Not the final say…but a say. I mean, the kid is just as much his as it is hers. I would never get an abortion (period, but also) without talking to whomever the father may be (save for a rapist).

Needless to say, I’m pro-choice, if anyone wants a label.

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Minch (@minch)1 year, 7 months ago ago

a cell is a cell. an early zygote is the same genetically as a large bacteria or one of the trillions of plant cells in a large tree. a house fly is vastly more complex than any fertilized egg but most people would not even think twice about swatting a fly or chopping down a tree. If your gonna call something “life” don’t discriminate. If a zygote is life, then any type of cell is life. people die around the world more often than you blink. If someone wants to terminate a pregnancy for any reason whatsoever, they should be allowed. It is their body. If you think that it is murder then simply don’t get an abortion. It’s not rocket science.

It can all be summed up with the analogy of “getting angry when someone eats a donuts near you because your on a diet.” If you are against abortion the answer is simple: don’t get one.

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Floater (@grantgodfrey7)1 year, 7 months ago ago

@minch, No, that analogy works for gay marriage much moreso than abortion. You wouldn’t use that analogy for murder would you? If you don’t like murder, don’t kill anyone. See how twisted that is?

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