JimSmith - 12/3/2005 3:52 PM
kvining - 12/3/2005 3:16 PM
It doesn't make any difference. According to the COTUS, a person has to be physically born somehow in order to become a citizen. It was done this way to prevent people from claiming some right of hereditary citizenship. In addition, the 14th Amendment and the 4th Amendment also contain language that give each person the ulimate right over his or her destiny. Then there is also the 13th, which prohibits people from being employeed against their will, and motherhood is indeed employment. Despite what the detractors say, the constitutional arguments for abortion are very, very strong. It is the ultimate Catch 22 - morally your side is in many ways right, while legally the pro-choice side is for the most part 100% correct. To me it comes down to whether or not a 3/4 majority can be found to change what has become the law of the land due to a correct interpretation of the COTUS. The Founders envisioned a land where we all chose our own destiny, and that is that.
I think the burden of proof lies with the anti-abortionists to prove the constitution prohibits a woman access to a medical service she desires. From every reading of the document I have been through, I never once recalled any specifics about rights to have abortions. Or to be able to buy big, gas guzzling cars. Instead, the Constitution limits the government's ability to restrict the rights of American citizens to life, liberty and the pusuit of happiness. In no case is the Government granted a specific right to restict a woman's access to a medical facility for a specific medical service in any version of the Constitution I have read. It does specifically prohibit the government from issuing laws based on one religion and imposing that religion's outlook on other Americans, whether or not they subscribe to that religion.
Az, this is a religious issue. If you are so set against abortion for whatever reasons, make sure you train you kids in your philosophy so they do not get into a situation where abortion would be a tempting way of addressing the long term consequences of their situation. Be happy if you manage to instill this outlook in your kids, and leave the rest of the country alone.
I support women having access to this medical service. I do not think the anguish most women go through to reach a conclusion to have an abortion should be disregarded, or belittled, and I think men should butt out of the guilt dispensing role they seem to have adopted. Drawing people into a conversation on the subject with "I destroy life" as the opening line, and then, to get a response, taunting people to make a stance ignores the real issue here and has obviously not been too successful. Abortions are a symptom of a problem. They are not the problem. Banning abortions will not only not address the problem, it will make things worse. Jim