The recent abortion ban in my state that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks could force women to carry a fetus with severe birth defects to term. In many cases birth defects can be treated with modern medicine, but in the case where the child would die shortly after birth, be in a vegetative state, or have any other devastating, untreatable condition, mothers may choose a late-term abortion. In fact, most birth defects are not detected until after 20 weeks. The Texas abortion ban provides an exception for "severe fetal anomalies incompatible with life," but leaves to broad interpretation. Many serious birth defects could theoretically be argued to be compatible with life, even if the child would survive for only a short while after birth.
On the federal level, HR 179 or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act recently passed in the House of Congress that would ban abortions after 20 weeks does NOT protect the right for women to abort fetuses with serious abnormalities. Probably by now the readers that are 100% against abortion have stopped reading this, let me try to explain my position. If a mother discovers her child would only have an incognizant or short, painful life after birth, it is reasonable that she would wish to terminate the pregnancy and spare her unborn child. The H.R. 179 bill would force a woman to give birth to a child only to witness it suffer before dying anyway. It is cruel for a law to prolong a mother's loss and possibly traumatize her further.
Sometimes there are legitimate health reasons why someone may need to that can only be detected late in the pregnancy. Sometimes situations change making ability to conceive a risk to the mothers life. Sometimes people dont find out they are pregnant until later. There are many reasons why and to assume they are all selfish is naive. You never know unless you are in the situation yourself so unless its your life, leave people to make the difficult decisions in their life to them.
Contrary to anti-choice propaganda, most late-term abortions are the result of finding out about serious health problems or birth defects late in the pregnancy. Some problems with the fetus are difficult to diagnose, and are only determined late in the pregnancy. If a parent finds out that their child will have a very short and painful life after it's born, it is reasonable to allow a late term abortion. The way this is done is that the fetus is given an injection to stop its heart so that it feels no pain, then labor is induced and the baby is stillborn.
Women have the right to the decision for themselves, whether it is early or late in the pregnancy. The matter of everyone else is of no matter to the bearer of the burden, and it is their life, no one else's who should make the decision on the idea.
The U.S. Constitution is designed to protect the minority and the weak. Killing fetuses, simply because they aren't wanted, is unwarranted and should be punished by the full extent of the law. If a mother killed her baby outside of the womb, the nation would be shocked. But, if it's still inside her, all of a sudden it's okay. It's not okay to kill a fetus during late-term pregnancy.
Women should not be allowed to have abortions late in their terms. The fetus, in the last 3 months especially, is a viable human being with feelings. Allowing abortion this late is no different than murder. It is disgusting that any woman would even consider a third-term abortion. In those rare circumstances where a woman was a victim of rape or violence, and an abortion might be acceptable, the woman should undergo the procedure in the first term.
Since the baby would now be able to support its self on its on outside the womb getting a late abortions is now actual murder. This is because the child (once it is born) is now able to do things in life.
Women who have babies in secret and dump them in the trash can be held accountable for murder if that baby dies from exposure. Aborting a late term pregnancy is no different because the fetus could well survive on its own. If the mother doesn't want the baby she could instead have a Caesarean section and put the infant up for adoption. Better yet she can do the humane and honorable thing and carry the fetus to term and give birth. The time to prevent unwanted pregnancy is before it happens--not after!
I support the right to have an abortion, but late-term abortions are not the same as early abortions. When a fetus has developed all the necessary bodily functions to survive outside the womb, I believe it is no longer a fetus, but a developed human being. A baby takes time to develop, and if the woman has not decided to have an abortion by the time the baby has developed, she should have to deliver it and give the baby up for adoption.
There are an increasing number of premature birth babies (i.e. one pound 4 ounces) that are surviving and thriving as adults. If the pregnancy is in the late stages, then other options need to be considered such as adoption.
I consider myself pro-choice, having had 5 abortions myself (all of which took place in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy). The way that I view things, a woman can do with her body whatever she wants. If she doesn't want to carry a child, she has the right to terminate a pregnancy. What I do NOT believe a woman has the right to do, is end the life of a baby which is capable of surviving outside the womb. In my mind, that is murder and it is inexcusably wrong. If the pregnancy is far enough into the second or third trimester that the baby can live once forced labor begins, what reason is there to choose death for it instead of letting it live and be adopted by couples unable to have children. I don't see how this has anything to do with a woman's body at that point. Once a baby is outside of her body, I do not believe she should be able to sentence it to death with no medical reason for doing so. It no longer concerns her and it should not be allowed in the United States of America.
Pro-life and the majority of pro-choice agree on this one. "No", it is not alright to abort in the third trimester - when a child has the ability to live on its own. And, majority agrees because it sounds like what it is - murder. Just like you can't kill your kids, when they live under the same roof as you, you can't kill a baby just because it is occupying your body for a bit. After all, you created him/her. You should have to live with it until it is ready to escape your physical grip. We can't even kill a deadly cancer that is infesting our body and killing us. Why should we have the right to kill an innocent child who is doing nothing but asking to be nurtured by it's mom? Should we show more respect to the cancer? The only way that I would find a third trimester abortion to be even part way justifiable is if the mom's life is in jeopardy.
Allowing women to have abortions when the fetus is able to survive outside the womb is immoral as it is essentially murder. Currently in the US legal system anyone who murders a pregnant woman can be charged with two counts of murder. One count for the mother and one count for the baby. It seems hypocritical to allow a mother to kill her baby free of charge when another cannot. Woman who wish to abort their babies this late term should be required to give birth to the child and place it for adoption. This would allow the child a chance at life and cause no reproductive issues for the mother later in life.
A woman should not be allowed to have an abortion late in pregnancy because it's murder. If a fetus is able to survive on it's own that is actually taking a viable life. It makes no sense why a person would wait several weeks to make such a critical decision like that and it's wrong to let things go that far and then kill a baby.
Women should only have the right to an abortion before the time table that physician's generally agree that a fetus is viable. After the fetus is considered viable outside the womb then have an abortion is really stopping a life unjustly and without reason. It is immoral to stop a life unjustly.
I don't support abortion, period, but I especially have a problem with late term abortions. There is never, I repeat, NEVER, a good reason to abort a late term baby. If the mother's life is in peril, wouldn't it make more sense to try to deliver the baby prematurely and give him or her a chance to survive? I firmly believe that abortion should only be an option to women in the early stages of pregnancy if the mother's life is in imminent danger, ie ectopic tubal pregnancies. Late term abortions are never necessary and those performing and/or obtaining the abortion should be charged with murder.
At that point the baby is completely viable. In early terms, it's acceptable since the fetus doesn't feel or think. But in late terms all of that is there, meaning killing it means killing a thinking, feeling being. Of course, if it is causing harm to the mother the decision to abort it should be allowed.
The earliest detected surviving fetus living outside the womb I've researched is 22 weeks and that was a very rare incident. The nervous system in a fetus develop's in the 19th week. Prior to the nervous system being developed, the baby does not feel anything. I do not think that abortion should be done if the child is to the point of feeling. For the reason of the mother's life after, I would not advise anyone to have a late term abortion. The hormones of attachment have already developed and the depression to follow will become a struggle with your own life. In Europe studies were done that 60% of late term abortion mothers committed suicide.. over half! While everyone in the situation having to face this option has their valuable reasons that only their life need face. I wish I had known half of what I know now before having mine. Thats right! I am someone who did it because I felt I had no choice in my situation.. I regret it whole heartedly. Never something I would have EVER thought I would even consider. Struggle daily that I let fear get the best of me in a devistating situation. I just pray that the nervous system was not developed yet in mine per my research. I pray for forgiveness. I pray that unless there are legitimate medical reasons, abortion after 16 weeks should be illegal to protect the women who feel desperate in their situation from the greater desperation to come that she wont experience until its too late.
Killing a viable baby is akin to infanticide. Some women claim it should be legal if the baby would have serious health problems. Think about it like this: What would happen if a baby is born and on the way home from the hospital is in a serious car accident and develops serious health problems. At that point, if the mother/doctor killed the baby, it would be murder. What is the difference? If a baby can live outside of the womb, it should be given the chance. At 6 weeks gestation, a baby has a heart. At 8 weeks, it has a brain. Over a million babies are aborted each year. WHY? Women need to take more personal responsibility through assistance and contraceptions. Just say no to abortion!
What can possibly delay ones decision than the inability to decide after so many months? One should be reasonably be able to determine their pregnant within 6 weeks, and to delay that by a significant amount of weeks thereafter is just not acceptable. If one is afraid to tell ones spouse , parent or significan other is just inexcusable for murdering whati believe is now a member of the human population.
Once a fetus is viable outside of the womb, I believe that women should have to carry the baby to term. At that point, they can then give the baby up for adoption. The fetus can feel pain in the womb, at that point, and it is like killing a living being, because they have a heartbeat and are capable of breathing on their own, outside of the womb.
women should never have the right to abort a unbornchild ever unless there has been a rape and there is evidence, or the birth could risk her life and the child's. you should never take a life that isn't yours to take just because you don't want the baby give that child up instead of being selfish. and i would certainly call it murder because why would you carry a child for that long and then all of a sudden get an abortion. that's caerly cold-hearted
let me leave you with this how would you like to spend you last days on earth in the womb
I don't believe that a woman should have the right to terminate a baby that would be able to live outside of the womb. Doing that is no different than shooting an infant in the head. It is murder. I find it repulsive that it would even be considered by people. Just because a baby hasn't been born, it doesn't mean that it should be killed. It is still a life, and it should be respected.
While I support a woman's right to choose, I feel that women forfeit that choice once their fetus becomes a being that is capable of living separate of its mother. At that point, the fetus also has rights.
Abortion is not acceptable at any term. Whether or not a baby can survive outside the womb is not a determining factor as to whether or not they are a person deserving of the right to protection of life. Because they are incapable of making the decision on their own, they should be fully protected under the law, and every means should be employed to put abortion at any stage of pregnancy to a stop. The only time abortion should be allowed is when the mother is in mortal danger or under extreme emotional duress.