This act can be considered criminal if a person dies as a result. Thus, the first determining factor is at what point in the development of an offspring is the entity considered a separate independent life form. It has been determined by our supreme court and has been accepted by both pro-life and pro-choice advocates that a fetus is considered a separate life form at approximately 22 weeks development; when its lung capacity has developed enough to sustain its life if necessary.
Okay. So we have established that prior to 22 weeks, the fetus is essentially part of the woman. Therefore, a woman has the sole choice of continuing or discontinuing the pregnancy. After this 22 week period, however, the fetus is considered a separate life and the choice is no longer in the woman’s control. Yes, many will continue to debate their specific points, however, the line has been drawn in the sand and both sides have agreed that the line exists.
So let’s examine those exceptions that have been approved in many states (rape, etc.). In most cases of rape, the act is immediately determined within a woman’s mind. Of course there are always exceptions but from Babymed.com, I present the following excerpt:
Thus, within two weeks of the event, it may be determined if fertilization has occurred. If we use the very conservative eight weeks after fertilization, most pregnancy tests should be able to establish whether a woman is currently carrying a viable fetus or not. This gives the woman another 14 weeks to determine whether or not this is a wanted pregnancy.
What this data indicates is that the majority (90%) of all abortions performed are done within 9 weeks of pregnancy and for reasons of birth control failure. It also indicates that only a small percentage of abortions are performed beyond 16 weeks or approaching the 22 week line in the sand established above.
Given this data, I struggle with the outcries from either side of this issue. Thus, the only thing that remains to be discussed is whether or not the government should fund these abortions. The first three reasons in which the first one covers over 50% of all abortions are, IMHO, not reasons to burden the public and should NOT be funded by tax dollars. These are all due to issues which may have been resolved by being more responsible in their own actions. The last two are probably exceptions that may be considered out of the woman’s control. This leaves the issue of birth defects or other severe medical issues. These would most likely fall into the category of a case by case basis to determine responsibility.
In a 2004 survey of 1,209 American women at 11 major abortion clinics, the reasons they gave were:
This 2004 survey reveals that there is an even higher percentage of what I would consider ABUSE of the abortion option. These are all reasons that could have been easily prevented by abstaining from sexual intercourse. For those who feel it necessary for a healthy life, there are plenty of contraceptive methods available. One may note the distinct difference between this survey and the figures provided by WebMD. Only 6% of the reasons were not specified which must have been where the ACTUAL contraceptive failures occurred.
Now, the question posed to Mr. Trump. Women, he said, should face “some form of punishment” for getting an abortion if the procedure were outlawed. Given the above circumstances, I would tend to agree with that statement. However, several hours of bipartisan outrage later, Trump did an about-face, releasing a statement in which he said those who perform abortions, and not the women who undergo them, should be punished.
This is that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that is the cancer within our society. Personally, I would believe that both parties (doctors & women) would be considered guilty of a crime (if abortions were illegal) and the ONLY reason not to hold a woman responsible would be in those few cases (approximately 8%) where the condition had been beyond their control.