Protecting the Unborn Child
With the current wave of many states in the USA passing anti-abortion laws trying to lure the Supreme Court to overthrow the Row v. Wade precedence, there are two ways people look at the topic: Religious and Science.
These people view abortion through the lens of their religion and the beliefs it has. They will cite religious passages from the Bible to support their argument in convincing manner. For the most part, they believe life begins at inception or near that. Really?
Beliefs in faith are fine but a human being does not start from inception, when the sperm fertilizes the egg or even a weeks afterward. What does God think about all this? Does life begin at inception even though there are no body organs yet formed to sustain this life? In the early days, the mother feeds the embryo. As weeks past, the embryo begins to take on human form.
Religious believers truly think that an embryo is entitled to human rights, the same ones we all enjoy as humans and these same rights deny a woman's right to abort via freedom of choice. The woman has no freedom of choice to abort at any stage.
These believers are a bit more moderate, humanistic, in reasoning. Some feel that up to 6-8 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus is not human enough for human rights protection. Up to that time, a woman DOES have the freedom of choice to abort the pregnancy for whatever reason, as it is her body, her life.
Others feel that after the 6-8 week term, the woman's human rights with freedom of choice are negated, with some exceptions, and the child takes precedence. The child's human rights surpass the mother's and must be given birth.
Some of the state laws that have been recently passed are so carefully worded and infer that life begins almost from inception based upon when the mother knew of the pregnancy, which is crazy. They make nearly any abortion impossible, which is their intent.
All these anti-abortionists more likely than not, say one thing, do another, when it comes down to their family. If one of their daughter's became pregnant via a rape or just bad decision, they would have to decide. It is a monumental life decision that must be made in a short period of time. It is a decision that will determine a future that may not include your goals due to the financial requirements of raising a child, getting daycare. Having a child is fantastic, yet, very restraining. Not everyone is up for it nor can afford it.
Having an abortion is a woman's right. It is her decision and it will be her guilt that may haunt her long after. Religion should stay out of the argument.