We cannot go on what religions say and what they 'think' about when life begins. We have to go on fact-based evidence, science and our laws need to be consistent. Every embryology text book you can find defines life as beginning at conception. It is just a fact. It is not a debate about when life begins, it is a debate about when it begins to matter. Pro-aborts think it only matters when the mother thinks it should matter and that is juts prima facie wrong.
It makes no sense that a woman, say, pushed down the stairs during pregnancy by her boyfriend resulting in the child dying can press charges, yet the same woman with the same child inside her could kill the kid herself completely legally. If you kill a pregnant woman, you are charged with double murder. Yet that same child could be killed by the mother herself and everything is honky dory. It is not consistent.
How can the value of one being (the child) be entirely dependent upon the phycological state of another being (the mother). My worth is not determined by my mother. The so-called 'need' for abortion is totally irrelevant to the debate. It is a red herring. If abortion is deemed morally unjustifiable, the supposed 'need' means nothing.
America has become cold and callus to sit here and defend barbarism at its worst. The slaughter of the weakest among us. Every society shall be judged by how it treats its weakest members. The ones with no voice. Many women on this thread are fierce defenders of this carnage... Sad, but true
We do go by science. We recognize that the woman is already-born and her rights must always trump the rights of a fetus. To do otherwise takes the rights you seem to hold so dearly AWAY from the woman.
It makes perfect sense. If the woman CHOOSES to risk her own life to bring a pregnancy to term, then that fetus deserves to be respected as a being and anyone who kills it by killing the woman would be guilty of double murder. If the woman CHOOSES not to risk her life by carrying a pregancy to term that she doesn't want, then she can choose to abort. It's all about the government respecting the woman's right to control her own body.
Humans have always been cold and barbarus. Nothing is new. Nothing is worse now, and, in fact, the world is a good deal LESS barbaric and violent than it has ever been. Stop trying to revise history. And the weakest members of our society are often the already-borns...usually persons of color. The anti-choicers seem to want to defend the brown and black fetuses, but don't show up to help the brown and black already-borns.