I've been following this Slate columnist's little debate with pro-choice feminists (the only real kind, some of them have said) after the whole abortionist-house-of-horrors debacle in February.
It started out with him asking at what point abortion was simply too late and a pregnant woman should carry the child to term.
It continued with his response to to their arguments and repeating, again, is there a point of no return? Certainly not the first trimester, he said, but what if the baby could exist outside the woman's womb?
This last one is those women's responses to that question. It honestly made me a little ill.
Here's the background. I am opposed to abortion. I think people should be responsible for their choices, and if you don't want to have a baby, you either don't have sex or you use some form of birth control. There are so many options; one of them is going to work for you. If you're really worried, use two forms.
I don't think is more the woman's responsibility, but the fact remains that if unprotected sex results in an unexpected pregnancy, the woman is going to the be the pregnant one. Realize that. Be extra cautious with that birth control. Do not pretend like you don't know the possible results of unprotected sex.
And here's why some of these responses bothered me, this argument that a woman should have complete autonomy over her body and her life. On the surface, that sounds great. But what if said woman realizes in six months that she doesn't want to be tied down by that child? Can she then kill him to get out of it? Of course not. That's murder.
I don't hail with the abortion=murder line, but if a baby could live outside the womb, that in my mind constitutes a human being.
Then, one might argue, it's better to end the pregnancy in abortion, even after eight months, than to allow a woman to get to that point. If the mother is unfit, don't force her to carry a child.
To me, this isn't about forcing a woman what to do with her body anymore than smoking cigarettes for 20 years forces her to deal with lung cancer. I could compare late-term abortion laws to laws that don't allow people to smoke within 25 feet of a building or get wasted and then get in a car. My rights end where your nose begins, right? If the baby can breathe on its own, it's safe to say that his nose has begun.