There are clear differences between early term embryos and late term fetuses. A fertilized egg has no nervous system and therefore no awareness.

The nervous system develops gradually, over many months. Until there’s significant brain development, there’s no awareness to be destroyed. The American College of Obstetricians determined that a fetus isn’t capable of having a sense of awareness until birth.

So-called “Pro-lifers” think that embryos become precious immediately after conception. In their efforts to shame people into believing that abortion is murder, anti-abortion activists call embryos “unborn children”, “innocent babies” or “developing human beings” and refer to people who are “pro-choice” as “baby killers”. “Pro-choice” proponents believe that awareness, thoughts, feelings, memories, and hopes are the only things that makes human life inherently precious. We believe that the life, health and wellbeing of women are far more important than life forms that have never experienced awareness and that women should have total domain over their own bodies without interference from the government, which is exactly how the SCOTUS ruled on Roe v Wade in 1973. If you want to understand the “pro-choice” argument, imagine there’s a child that’s going to die without a kidney transplant and you’re the only person on Earth that’s a tissue match. Should the government have the right to force you to give your kidney? We think not.

Furthermore, SCOTUS precedents are only supposed to be overturned in the rarest of circumstances, not simply because the current SCOTUS would’ve ruled differently. Regarding precedence: Despite the fact that abortions were commonly practiced in the eighteenth century our forefathers took no stance on the issue. Instead, the ethic regarding abortion was grounded solely in the experience of pregnant females.

The first abortion law wasn’t legislated until the year 1821 in the state of Connecticut and it had nothing to do with protecting a fetus. That law prevented women from attempting and/or committing inductive abortion with poison, usually done around the fourth month of pregnancy and that law was enforced only in cases when a woman died or suffered great harm because of an abortionist’s recklessness or negligence.

Ron Hurst


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