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Response to stevenleser (Reply #43)

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 12:38 PM

46. You're right. We disagree.

Hypothetically, you can take a tumor out of a person and continue to feed it in a lab environment. That doesn't make it anything more than a tumor and it has no "rights".

A fetus that is not capable of sustaining itself is a parasite in the same way that a tumor is a parasite - why should it have "rights" that a tumor doesn't have? It's a collection of cells. So to answer your question:

Women:
1. Have complete and total control over their bodies
2. The right to decide to reproduce
3. The right to end a reproductive choice, at will, to the point that the fetus is capable of self-sustaining life without artificial aid outside the woman's body. Until that point, the fetus is a hypothetical "person".

Fetus:
1. Right to live once it establishes ability to self-sustain life. Until that point, it has no more "right" to exist than any other growth that human bodies create.

Men:
1. Right to decide to reproduce - but only with full consent of the woman who has to actually do the work and subject to the rights of the woman.

The issue isn't what medical science is capable of doing. The issue is the intersection of what medical science is capable of doing and the right of a woman to choose to stop the process of reproduction. If the answer were as simple as "we can remove the fetus and grow it in a lab" we wouldn't be having this debate - but that's a pure hypothetical. The truth of the matter is that people will - and are - using the increasingly younger gestational survival rates of pre-term fetuses as evidence of "viability" when there is no actual viability . . . just more advanced medical intervention that manages to keep alive something that nature would not.

Bully for medical science - but that has nothing to do with a woman's right to choose to terminate a pregnancy at any point up to the known limits of self-sustaining viability.

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