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Response to stevenleser (Reply #43)

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 02:52 PM

57. I agree to a point

I have always seen abortion as a conflict or rights. The limited right to a fetus to live versus a full right to autonomy/self ownership.

In my mind autonomy and self ownership precede all other rights, and the right to a fetus (who may or may not make it to term without medical intervention) is limited. So I STRONGLY support abortion rights up till the point that the fetus is viable. At which point I see a way that the woman can keep her right to autonomy while the fetus can also live.

BUT, I also see such a provision being used to allow for procedures that might hurt and even cripple the woman. So I usually add in the proviso that the procedure must not risk the woman's health.

I would also like to note that if there were medical techniques that could do this to a fetus as young as one month old they would no doubt be very very very expensive. I can't help but imagine that most republicans would stop being pro-life the moment that happens because there is nothing they care about more than lowering spending and taxes.

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