First things first, I am pro-life. I think that getting to raise a child is one of the greatest privileges that could be granted a human being. I also feel that apart from extreme cases of rape or abuse that it is a conscious decision to have sex knowing that pregnancy could very well happen. I feel that the sexual partners are then responsible for the ensuing baby. I honestly believe with full conviction that a fetus with a beating heart is a human being. I respect that pregnancy is a huge ordeal for a woman to have to endure. I get that, I really do.
My religious viewpoint is that of a Christian. I mean, I’m no saint, but I do TRY to uphold my values, and one of those is to consider that people were born with the God-given right to free will. That doesn’t make me not pro-life nor does it make me pro-abortion, I suppose, but I definitely don’t look at the termination of a human life as something that is morally justified without extreme circumstances.
I get that. I know based on my past instigation that tumblr is chock-full of pro-choice people that have no fear in telling people how they feel on the matter. I’m inviting you to tell me why I’m wrong and to show me the holes in my philosophy. I want people to respond so I can understand how this pro-choice thing works, I can’t really stop you from being an ass. This is the internet, but I would very much appreciate input from the pro-choice crowd.
I think the biggest problem with your philosophy is that the choice to have sex does not equal consent to being pregnant. Yes, pregnancy can occur after having sex, but that is not why most people have sex. They do so for pleasure, stress relief, bonding with a partner, expressing their love, to give pleasure to another, and so on. Pregnancy is a risk, just as all things have risks.
Driving a car has risks. Even if you wear a seatbelt, drive the speed limit, and do all that you can to drive safely, an accident still may occur. It doesn’t mean that you consented to getting in an accident, or that you should abstain from driving, or that you should not have a right to access medical care after an accident.
Like you said, a pregnancy can be a huge ordeal. Not everyone is ready for that. They may not be physically, emotionally or economically ready for it. The pregnant person is still a human being with full rights over their body; being pregnant does not change that. If they do not want to remain pregnant, they have the option to do what is best for them, their family, their future, their career, their health.
You say that “getting to raise a child is one of the greatest privileges that could be granted a human being”, but that is not the case for everyone. It is wonderful experience if you want it, but it can be a devastating experience if you do not.
The fetus may be alive, but at the time when abortions are performed it is not sentient or aware; it does not feel pain, emotion, or have thoughts and feelings. It is not aware of its existence. The pregnant person, however, may be dealing with financial stress, physical pain, emotional heartache. They may live in fear of being kicked out of their house or losing their job, or worry that their existing children will go hungry if there’s another child born. Raising children is not easy, nor is it cheap. Not everyone has the resources to raise a child. Not everyone has the resources to continue a pregnancy.
Lastly, if you believe that an abortion is justified in cases of rape, is the fetus not just as human to you as before? Why is it okay in one scenario and not another? It’s punishing people for having consensual sex, and that is not okay. A person has equal right to terminate a pregnancy whether they were raped or had consensual sex. We do not let our personal or religious morals dictate what other people have a right to do. It’s okay for you to feel like abortion is wrong, but it is not okay to take away the reproductive rights of another. I personally feel like abortion is neither right nor wrong. It is a medical procedure, one that is needed by many people, one that others may never want access to. It is an individual choice.
It is okay to be personally pro-life, and never get an abortion yourself, and politically pro-choice, and recognize that you are not able to decide for others and that it’s impossible to know what each person is going through and why they need to healthcare they deserve.
I hope this pro-choice input helps.