Originally Posted by leadarrows
OK fine..you teach me proper grammar and I will teach you how to be a decent human being.
I've asked about that on numerous occasions. Is it acceptable for a woman to request life-saving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc, even though such treatments will terminate a pregnancy? When the fetus is clearly not viable and will likely never become viable due to the imminent death of the mother, is it acceptable to terminate the pregnancy? Without treatment, neither can survive. With treatment, one can survive. Clearly, the answer here is "Yes".
Is it acceptable for a woman to use emergency contraception to prevent an egg from being released and fertilized following a rape? The moral answer here is, again, yes.
Is it acceptable for a woman to use an emergency contraceptive that may also function as an abortifacient following a rape? Yes again.
Is it acceptable for a woman to have a hormonal or surgical abortion in the weeks following a rape? Again, yes. There's no serious argument to be made on any of these points.
With "personhood" laws, the answer in every one of these is "No". To even bring them close to the public consensus would require exceptions so broad as to allow anyone who requested one, and at that point, it's nothing but harassment.
Go back to the first case. The people who should be making this decision are the patient and her doctor. The government has ZERO authority to prohibit this decision. If anything, they should be telling the doctor that in this case, he should err on the side of his patient's survival, rather than considering the moral implications of destroying a fetus that will never live.
Virtually all of the ~1% of all abortions that are conducted after 9 weeks gestational age are of this type, by the way, where either the patient or the fetus is incapable of survival
No, I'm sorry, but decent human beings must recognize that "Personhood" endangers lives. It's already killed a hell of a lot of people around the world. The pragmatic "viability" standard creates the fewest moral issues.