This is a topic going on over at Asymmetrical Information right now. I spent the last hour combing through the 160+ comments. As you would imagine there are quite the foray of arguments. Suffice to say, you should read the article and the comments if you have the time. However, I’m going to comment on some of the arguments since it is not redundant to do so here.
“There aren’t remotely enough prospective adoptive parents to adopt a million unwanted children a year, year after year, even if every one of those children was an ideal adoption candidate (newborn, white and healthy), which many or most of them certainly would not be. The idea is just ludicrous.”
I’m glad that they thought of the logistical aspects of this, but what about the emotional effects? If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know what I mean. If a woman decides that she wants an abortion and that is the best choice for her after being educated to the alternate possibilities, then she alone will live with the consequences. NO ONE ELSE.
By this rationale, I would say that pro-lifers don’t care either way after the end of whatever happens, be it abortion, adoption or alien abduction. What I am horrified by is not seeing more adoptions come from homes of those who are pro-life. I think it’s hypocritical to make someone keep an unwanted pregnancy and not be in the adoptive parent pool.
“I believe that every woman’s choice to have sex should always be a free choice. However, I also believe that once that choice has been made, the time for choice is over until it is time to choose whether to keep the child or to place it for adoption.
I also fail to understand why, when an unmarried woman elects to have unprotected sex, gets pregnant and keeps the child, I now have the obligation to support not only the woman but also her child(ren).”
Can anyone tell me how this differs from the choice to abort? Because, what he’s saying is that he’s OK with the behavior, but not OK with the responsibilities that come along with the consequences.
You can’t have it both ways, buddy. If you want these women to keep their babies, you have to help them out. Many of them don’t qualify to work at a better establishment than McDonalds. It’s impossible to raise a child as a single mother on $7/hour.
Another point that was discussed by another pro-lifer was “If we as a society decide that life begins at conception and that abortion is the killing of a unique human being…”
I bet if you asked this guy who society was, his answer would be close to middle class Christians. While that category may comprise a large portion of society it is not ALL of society.
Here was my definition of life, made in the comments section:
“I believe life and death is determined by breath. If a child can breathe one breath on its own, life has begun. In my state, that is also the determination whether the child gets a birth certificate. Having worked in the OB unit of my local hospital, if a child was born at 20 weeks and took one breath, there was a birth certificate, even if the child died seconds later. What is done before that time, in my opinion, is the sole responsibility of she who is carrying that child.”
Any random neurons firing about this one???