The question, however, remains unanswered. That question is "When is abortion permissible; when is it not?" It is conclusive that Justice Blackmun himself called his trimester system "arbitrary." ...
If you don't know the answers to these questions -- and, in essence, you admit that you do not, please don't criticize the pro-life stand. Pro-lifers have thought this through and come to the conclusion that life starts at the beginning!
This is actually kind of helpful in getting some insight into the world on the other side from which Blaska writes.
In that world there are no gray areas, no individual unique circumstances, and really no personal choice. There are rules
On the other side, there is personal choice, there are LOTS of gray areas, there is subtlety, there are unique circumstances. A 13 year old who barely understands she's pregnant but was raped by her father is just not in the same circumstances as a 45-year old woman with a non-viable fetus or an addicted person who has reason to believe she'll give birth to a cocaine baby and doesn't want to.
Women are individuals and, to be completely fair, so are doctors.
But all your side sees is: did a sperm meet an egg?? No going back, no way out, nothing else matters.
Look, if that's your world, you're free to live in it as long as you please. It's not my world and, really, it's not the world of modern medical ethics where lists of pro and con arguments are offered to help someone think through where she
stands on any medical issue (not just pregnancies).
I invited you to dig deeper and try to see why complexity is part of medicine and of the world. Do you really think it's fair to make a woman finish a pregnancy when it's got one huge eye, a misplaced nose, a brain with a single hemisphere instead of two, legs turned the wrong way, a heart with too few chambers to work, and numerous other deformities? Is that humane?
You won't look. All you've got is your binary right/wrong system. I think you're hiding behind it, quite frankly, because to peek out is to realize how messy the world really is.
I think this is where the discussion has to conclude because you won't acknowledge all these issues at all, let alone see the human side of difficult problems. People are not inherently bad or good, they're complex and life is confusing. That's part of what it means to be human, to me-- not whether you've got your own genetic code.
But making things super-simple in your own mind doesn't make the complexity of the real world go away. It's still right here, and the more rules you make the more people will break them because they're too small and don't fit.