Is the third month of pregnancy a reasonable cutoff for abortion?
I am pro-choice, but there comes a time when you have to cut off freedom of choice to avoid crime. When an unborn baby has developed to 3 months, so much has already started to progress in the baby. Anyone destroying the fetus at this point is just selfish, and a murderer.
Prior to the third month of pregnancy, the fetus doesn't particularly resemble a human being. Instead, it could be any random mammal. Furthermore, some studies show that the third month is when the fetus becomes capable of feeling pain (although this is a controversial position, since pain is quite subjective). The child becomes viable to live outside the womb at approximately 22 or 23 weeks, and this seems way too late for abortion. Therefore, the third month (about 12 weeks) seems long enough to give the woman a choice, yet not so late that it seems like killing a human being.
Cutting abortions at the third month is a reasonable time period. During this time, there has not been a lot of development in the fetus. It has a heartbeat, true, but it has not developed to be very large or to have many distinguished features. Additionally, it gives a woman sufficient time to find out about her pregnancy and determine if abortion is right for her.
I believe twelve weeks is a reasonable cutoff for an abortion for a few simple reasons. Three months is an extensive period of time to make such a decision, and barring a sudden health or mental condition there is no reason to wait so long. It is irresponsible to allow an embryo to develop into a fetus with you vacillate. A final exception would be if a woman finds out about the pregnancy later than normally expected.
Abortion is never any woman's first choice. Her first choice is always to not become pregnant.
However, once she is pregnant, everyone wants to be involved in decided things "for her." The church, the government, the medical industry...apparently the child-to-be "belongs" in some manner and to some extent, to all these groups.
The three month cutoff date is reasonable...and somewhat arbitrary...and changeable. If a woman's health is at stake, SOME say an abortion is reasonable much farther along in the pregnancy or if the child has no hope of survival. Many in the church say no abortion, ever. The government changes its mind as those in power are either liberal or conservative.
The government changes its mind frequently. The government should stay out of it unless pressure is brought by any group in such a manner that it infringes on constitutional rights.
The church...well, WHICH church?? Since there is a multitude of churches, each with its own perspective, they too should stay out of it.
That leaves the woman and her doctor. Three months is reasonable. What is even more reasonable is for the woman and her doctor to decide on an individual, case by case, person by person, basis.
The third month of pregnancy is a reasonable cutoff for abortion, for many reasons. First, it is a woman's choice as to what to do with her body. Second, it gives the person time to think about whether or not she wants to keep the baby. Third, this is the stage where the fetus starts to develop human characteristics.
Abortion should not necessarily be a form of birth control. And, though it is a hard decision to make, the third month of pregnancy allows time for an educated decision to be made.
The third month is a reasonable cut off. With that being said, if the woman could prove that she was unaware that she was pregnant and didn't realize until just then because her belly became hard, I believe an exemption would be appropriate. Aborting a child past three months is more likely to cause physical and emotional harm to the mother, as the baby would soon begin to kick, making it far more real.
Before the second month an ultrasound shows a beating heart. By the third month the fetus has arms, legs and a head and can even suck its thumb. If a woman doesn't want to be pregnant she needs to use birth control. And if she doesn't, then her only choices should be to keep her baby or adopt it out.
Once your egg and sperm are connected, you have created life. If youre not ready for a baby, don't have sex. Either grow up and keep your baby, or give him or her up for adoption, but don't be a murderer. You don't want to be associated with someone like Charles Manson do you? To me, anyone who kills an innocent baby might as well be Charles Manson.
We know that life is created when a sperm and egg are joined. THAT is when life is created. Any procedure or abortion after that fact is murder. Abortion shouldn't exist, much less be allowed in the third month. Studies have shown the effects of abortion on women and it's not good. It's proved to be for convenience and birth control. We need to be better, less selfish people. If you don't want to be pregnant, don't have sex. Once you're pregnant, take responsibility or give the baby up for adoption.
It is not right to consider aborting a baby once you are past a few weeks of pregnancy. A baby begins to develop quite a lot of features and qualities of a human being at three months. Many mothers can even find out its gender at three months. It seems like you are snuffing out a human life if you do this to a three month fetus.
I don't think abortion is a good choice for anyone but if somebody wants to, a three month pregnancy can lead detrimental health effects which will remain in your body and you can't escape it throughout your life. I heard so many stories of people who had an abortion during third month and the ill effects resulting from it.
A pregnancy that seriously endangers the mother's life shouldn't have a cut-off point for abortion because there's no telling when the pregnancy might become dangerous. But, all other abortions should be banned, outlawed, not performed.... I don't see a difference between killing a 3 month old baby or a 6 month old baby. And, I don't see any room for compromise when your talking about the right to live.
The third month of pregnancy is not a reasonable cutoff for abortion because at this point, the fetus is not developed enough to survive outside of the womb. When the fetus reaches a point of being able to survive on its own, it is a viable person that should not be aborted, but this is not the case in the third month. Additionally, some women may not realize that they are pregnant until after their third month, and many health complications requiring an abortion can arise after the third month.
The law should not make restrictions on what a woman can do with her body. The government should not make decisions for her which are private in nature. Therefore a woman should be able to choose whenever she wants to get an abortion. People seeking to restrict abortion to three months or earlier are actively trying to take away the rights of the woman. After getting a three month law they will begin on a two month law, and so on until the woman's right to choose has disappeared.
An unborn child is an innocent. They are unable to fend for or protect themselves in any way. Despite this, they have as much right to life as the next person, child or adult. While they may not be viable outside the womb until much later in the pregnancy, that does not mean that they should be regarded as anything less than a complete human life. They should not be aborted at any time, unless the mother is at risk or there are extreme psychological purposes for it.
I totally disagree with the third month of pregnancy a reasonable cut off for the abortion because it will be killing of a life in the mother's womb and also it is not morally correct. Abortion should always be discouraged given the very fact that whatever may be the reason for the pregnancy of mother because according to the quasi-theological perspective birth is the first place when GOD breathes in the human.
Abortion should be allowed until delivery of a living baby is an acceptable alternative. At no point should a woman be forced to carry a fetus.
No matter how far we go to comprise, the Reich to Life folks simply keep pushing the date further back. Now fertilized eggs have rights too don't you know. Next it will be every sperm is sacred, straight out of Monty Python. Nope, no more compromise for me. It should be purely a woman's choice.