Abortion Could Be Murder
Should we do - or should we don't?
Abortion is a moral and legal issue because the start of life is uncertain. Perhaps it is ultimately unknowable. In time, science may prove somehow that life starts on a certain day - or maybe they will come up with a definition of life that does not change and everyone can agree on. Maybe, maybe, maybe. But for now - we do not live those days. We live during the days of uncertainty.
For me the nexus of the issue lies here. We do not - and as of now can not - determine with any empirical evidences - when life begins. It has moved from the 3rd week, to the 12th, 20th, 24th etc. That, in and of itself, denotes uncertainty.
If that is the case - and it is - then why must we predicate the determining factor of life - on the "mother's right to chose" rather than on certainty? Is it - or is not - murder? Until we know when life begins - it's impossible for us to determine at what point abortion "is not" murder. Therefore - abortion could be murder. (I am not saying it is - because that would expand the subject)
Could be murder...
That seems simple enough. No religion in that. Just the facts mam.
Conversely - many secularists easily determine that no man should be put to death in the form of capital punishment - and state the reason plain and simple - we may be making an error - and then point to examples of such.
In their minds an irrevocable determination is made on the side of Justice - based on the assumption - we simply can not truthfully know if a man is guilty or not. We only assume he is guilty - and those assumptions could be wrong and even if there is a 1/1000 % chance - then we must as men and women of honor and integrity.......
(And, they surely have a point)
But on the one hand, they argue that we can not allow a single death in the capital punishment event because we may be wrong in the determination - yet on the other we can not disallow abortion - in what might constitute millions of deaths - based on the same reasoning.
Is reason really being used - or does the secular argument derive from selfishness - which is then justified as rights - which are then defended against supposed hordes of unreasoning Christians?
My personal uncertainty of the issue derives from reason - and has no predicate from my religion. And although I personally believe it is a moral issue - I have not framed the problem in a religious context. How do you personally overcome the paradox? How, in your mind - can it be justified?
Here is a definitive link to Obama's various stands on abortion.