Redefining Abortion

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Let us have truth in talking about the abortioin controversy

Submitted: June 20, 2007

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Redefining Abortion

I think it is time for truth in the abortion war of words. The Pro-Life group has got to stop calling all abortions" murder" and the Pro-Choice crowd have to stop hiding behind the all inclusive blanket word of "choice".

In our justice system, if we are in eminent danger of loss of life we are allowed to kill that person with no penalty of prosecution under the protection of something called "justifiable homicide". No one that I know of on either side of this debate finds fault with this concept.Therefore I would suggest that abortion under those circumstances should be regarded as such.


The pro-choice group I am sure will quail at the thought of using this term to describe abortion.One must face reality on both sides of this issue though if reason is ever to prevail. Yes a fetus may indeed pose a life threatening situation to the woman carrying it. In that case abortion is justifiable homicide. Yes homicide. A human fetus which was once alive will be executed and will die. That is homicide, but as I argue it is justifiable homicide.

As a social issue that pro-live and pro-choice groups must iron out is the immense gray area left to consider. One thing that is certain that we have learned from history is that it is much easier to accept killing if we are at arms length away from it. Don't we all find it easier to eat our hamburgers when we do not have to look into the eyes of the steer that is killed to provide it? There is no doubt in my mind that we condone early abortion on that same principle. The fetus is not as cute and "human" looking then. But of course at no time was it ever anything but human. A human fetus moment by moment becomes a human baby not a rabbit or a frog.

If we decide that inconvenience, bad timing or any other reason short of eminent danger to life is cause for this justifiable homicide than we must examine how this affects our judgment in dealing with other matters in our lives and those who would not allow women to defend themselves against an eminent danger must also examine their cause and wonder just how pro-life they are after all.


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