Dr. Carl Sagan and his wife wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times about a decade ago, giving the "scientific" view of the abortion debate, for what it's worth. They decided that the cutoff point for an abortion should be just before that time when the brain stem is formed. That's when a person's consciousness begins. Life begins at conception, but a person becomes a person at this point.
As it so happens, that time is roughly the same as the current cutoff date for an abortion as defined in Roe V Wade. I happen to agree with their assessment, that's why I consider abortion a necessary evil. Emphasis on "necessary" and "evil". It's just something we have to put up with as a society, but that doesn't mean we should celebrate it. Or encourage more of it.
Abortion, as President Clinton memorably described in his 1992 campaign, should be "safe, legal, and rare". That last word is what gets us conservatives, because abortion isn't rare. It's often the first choice of contraception, and that is deadly wrong for us as a society. Abortion should be the last resort, not the first resort of convenience. And that's what the vast majority of abortions are carried out for, not rape or medical reasons. Convenience. And that is absolutely evil.
Edited by Ogami, 19 June 2003 - 01:00 AM.