The unpopular opinion

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The abortion talk has been going on online today and yesterday. People are mad about the new laws in the US, and rightfully. Some people are happy, as banning abortion at certain circumstances is still killing. I agree, it is killing, but here is the way I see this.

You have two haploid cells, an egg and a sperm cell. Their nuclei join and that leads to a human being born, just like with most other animals and many plants. That can be seen as the point where life starts. But that's not when being human starts. By the six weeks that some states declared as the last point when to to abortion in some cases, is ridiculous. At six weeks, many women have no idea they even have a child to be. The "child" is about 2 millimeters, which is less than one 10th of an inch. It has a heart that starts beating and the brains begin to develop. This is kind of a difficult timeline to follow, because pregnancy is counted from the last period of the woman. The actual embryo is only about three weeks old by sixth week.

Still many weeks after that, the embryo or fetus doesn't look human, mostly because most unborn babies of any animal species look very similar in the beginning. It's not easy to tell the difference between a human and a dog before they have developed very far. It does have brains eventually, and can feel pain, but then again, who do we care? A lot of the time before we remember anything is something I don't really count, personally. Do you remember being newborn? No, obviously. Unless something traumatic happens, we don't remember being in pain, and then again, we don't remember that even then.

Since it's technically killing a human, why do we kill other animals? This is just my opinion, but all life is important, not sacred or some bullshit like that, but important. I've tried to make it my lifeine to live by, not to kill even small animals, like bugs. I think having a spider on our kitchen table is gross, but instead of killing it, I take it in my hand and let it out. Good karma, you know. Humans are a part of nature and why is killing any animal better than a fetus?

Those two aren't comparable, you might say. I disagree. An unborn baby is completely dependent on the mother. If it's unwanted and the woman doesn't want it, it's aboslutely useless. Actually, it's more likely harmful, as having a baby because of rape for example, is harmful to the woman's mental health. The baby is technically a human, but not really. It doesn't do much and has no useful function. A fly you might swat away is more useful than a human fetus. The fly is a part of an ecosystem and when it dies, it can be eaten. It's useful. It eats waste, it eats other animals that miht even be harmful. It's useful to others, while an unborn baby is nothing more than just that. 

 


Submitted: May 16, 2019

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The Ugly Barnacle

Y'know, I actually agree. Sure, it's life, but that's not an excuse. And if it's "completely dependant on the mother," then it's not it's own being. The mother should have the choice to remove it just as she could a cyst or tumor.

I like this; good article :)

Thu, May 16th, 2019 7:37pm

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Thank you

Thu, May 16th, 2019 1:26pm

Red Hunter

It doesn't do much and has no useful function is the weakest argument you can make for abortion. All kinds of people are useless and serve no function, but that's not an excuse to kill them. And at some point someone has to define what is and isn't useful and what does and does not serve a function, effectively allowing them the power to kill and spare as they please.

Furthermore, I would argue that human life is undeniably more important than animal life. This doesn't mean we should mistreat animals by any means, as they can still experience pain and suffer. But humans have a vastly larger amount of potential, importance, and impact in basically every facet of life; anything at all related to modern society is the product of humanity. Our relations and lives revolve around others. Humans are social beings. Not with animals, but with other humans.

If you want to start going down the memory argument there are serious ramifications as well. People often don't develop serious memories until they're four years old, so up to that point why can't we kill them if they become a nuisance? And again, who's to say when someone's memory has really fully developed? This leaves open too many doors for people making arbitrary rules for when the cut-off period is and removes it from the realm of rationale.

I agree with A.S. Cooper. If you can't financially, emotionally, or physically support a child, don't have one. Use birth control. Or don't have sex. It's not like that's a life ending experience. Those rare instances of rape are just that: rare. They account for less than 1% of abortion cases. In other cases it's selfish people thinking they've made a mistake and avoiding their responsibilities by killing another living being.

Having said all that, interesting read. Don't take any of this as hostile or insulting, and keep on keeping on.

Fri, May 17th, 2019 2:36am

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I disagree with humans being important. The world would be a lot better if humans weren't here. We've killed hundreds of species and more is to come. Human life is important for humans, but that's it.

The rape thing isn't common, but in case it happens, then she should be allowed to do as she wants. Not everyone wants to get abortion even then, but some do, and we should let them.

Fri, May 17th, 2019 1:44am

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