Originally Posted by David Cotterell
I posted my views on this issue a while ago but you have forgotten.
I am personally against abortion. If I knew a woman who was considering abortion I would discuss with her the possibility of adoption. That's because I am an adoptee. If abortion were legal in 1951 in Winnipeg I might not exist now... Adoption is a very noble and necessary part of life.
But I am pro-choice. It is solely the pregnant woman's choice. I am not in favour of the state 'banning' access to safe abortions. If the woman i was discussing adoption with decided to go ahead and have an abortion i would be disappointed but it is, ultimately, her choice.
Abortion cannot be 'banned' or 'eliminated'. Only legal, safe abortions can. Abortions will continue but many will not be done by doctors or in a safe manner.
As for the 'when is it a baby' question. At such a time during the pregnancy that the fetus is fully viable on its own outside the womb.
You mean the baby right?
Let's get philosophical here.
Let me approach it this way. When is fully viable
There are many babies born premature but are not capable of surviving outside the womb on their own without Medical intervention.
Therefore they are not fully viable
I worked in the Neonatal ICU at Memorial Hospital years ago.
Would you have a problem with a doctor leaving a baby on a counter in a baby carrier and trying to feed it through the mouth, and if the baby couldn't take food orally, just letting it die?
That's a very direct question and goes to your statement about "viability".
I'm interested in your thoughts on that.
I wouldn't. I know that incubators are needed to keep premature babies alive.
My sister was born at 7 months, and she was in an incubator.
I was only 4lbs 11oz at birth, but didn't need an incubator.
Would you say that its OK for a baby to be left to fend on its own, and if the mother couldn't support the baby and it dies, well that's ok?
Or do you support the idea of providing "extra help" via an incubator?