Ahhhh abortion. Sensitive subject. I have several views on this, and I, too, ride the fence. Life is not as black and white as some people like to think.
1- It is considered unconstitutional to limit one's right to smoke tobacco or consume alcohol even though, potentially, it could harm others. We all know how well prohibition went over. I shudder to think what a country would be like to live in where we cease to have control of our own medical care? I dislike smoking, and I think it's a disgusting habit- but it doesn't make a person bad, it's still their right to do so and HOPEFULLY they will do so responsibly. Just because a percentage of those utilizing abortion will do so irresponsibly, i.e. use as birth control, does not call for illegalization.
2- Restrictions are ludicrous. How can we say only in the case of: rape, incest...etc... we cannot prove it. Besides it would bring about false accusations country-wide. Some people are unscrupulous, and if we put limitations on abortion, there will be many people falsly put on trial for abuse or rape. If rape isn't reported right away, it cannot be really proved, besides the cases that are already happening aren't always reported because of feelings of shame or guilt. Suddenly now they have to report this or cannot get an abortion? Watch them find a way.
3- Making something illegal does not stop it from happening, it only makes it more dangerous, and makes for more crime. Once again, prohibition. Abortion would go underground, black-market, and dangerous. It's a terrible thought. Many will die or be hurt in the process. I know this arguement is something sort of like marijuana legalization offerings, make it legal, regulate and tax the heck out of it. But that's something altogether different as it is not yet legal and is a substance already regulated for medical purpose anyway.
4-Abortions are sometimes called for. Being Catholic, and never having had an abortion myself, it's hard, morally, to say that. But it's true. I'd imagine it's never easy on the mother or father, if they have a conscience about it, but sometimes to save the life of the mother, or prevent a baby from entering the world with a horrid life-threatening cancer or other illness it is needed.
1- Where are the men's rights? When do they get a say-so? Maybe they want to 'elevate the fetus'. Maybe they would take the baby and raise it if the mother couldn't. There should be some protection for them as well.
2- The origin of abortion laws are recently discovered to be unfounded. Roe v. Wade, the ever popular descision turning case and it's sister case Doe v. somebody I cannot at the moment recall, were said to be scams and enlargements of the truth to overturn state abortion laws. One woman, I believe it was the Doe case, said she never even wanted an abortion, and documents were forged. If this is found to be true, perhaps we should rethink our laws and reopen these cases.
3- Some women give reason for abortion, even partial birth, as they cannot mentally or physically handle the labor process- however most abortions, if not all, induce labor as to access the fetus. So the option almost seems ridiculous.
4- Amniocentesis is a process by which a needle extracts placenta/fetal fluid and tests it for gene deformities. Sometimes, parents can use this to decide whether or not to have the child if it's unhealthy from the womb. However, sometimes the process is incorrect, or those who may posess the possiblility to have a deformity may NEVER develop it! What a chance to take, why even risk it? You could have a beautiful child.
There are just a few final words I have on this. Morally, we as human beings have an obligation to do the right thing in the end. To be true to human life and make a choice we can truly live with in the end. If you feel that your fetus is a life, can you live with the choice to kill life? If you use it as birth control, just because you can, can you live with that? We all need to decide this for ourselves, but that is really the point, it is our body, and everyone still deserves that choice.
"I keep looking, looking for something more." Sara Evans