scratch wrote:So how do you argue for upholding the "right" to life of the as yet unborn child over the already existing woman? ... aren't you necessarily erring against the interests of the already born woman?
The argument that an abortion shouldn't be done even to protect the mother's life is a tough sell in practice. If 2% of Catholics follow the church's teaching on contraception, fewer still would act on this precept.
It's really a hypothetical proposition. What's-his-name said this principle is insane, and I responded that it is not insane at all, and is in fact in-line with all of nature, where parents often imperil themselves to save offspring. (I was quoted out of context to make it look like I oppose abortion to save a woman's life.)
I can't give an answer to your question, there is none. I think the anti-abortion folks argue their abortion-never position simply as a hypothetical, to emphasize their commitment to the fetus as a human.
ps. When is the last time you read of a woman dying as result of refusing an abortion? I suppose it happens.