Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Line in the Sand

As the election heats up we are hearing more and more about the issue of abortion. During a recent debate, Rick Warren asked "when does a baby have human rights?" McCain answered decisively: at conception. Take a moment to think what this means. If a fertilized egg has human rights what happens to birth control, the morning after pill, in vitro fertilization, and stem cell research? Will miscarriages be investigated to rule out manslaughter or worse?

There is increasing pressure to totally revoke the right to abortion as evidenced by the opinions of John McCain and his new running mate Sarah Palin. As technology, medicine, and social conditions change policies concerning abortion will change too. A lot has happened in the 35 years since Roe v Wade became law. However there is a point where one must take a stand. The bottom line? A woman's health has priority over the fetus at all times and a fertilized egg is not a human being with human rights.

The extreme right is not just trying to outlaw abortion, they are trying to outlaw birth control . Their fight is not just against abortion, it is against extramarital sex. This trend needs to be stopped in its tracks. A women's right to birth control, including the morning after pill should not be on the table for discussion. No victim of rape should be denied the morning after pill because of another's belief that a ball of cells take precedence over a living breathing human being. Carrying a fetus to term cannot come at the expense of a woman's life or health. These are non-negotiable issues.

A fertilized egg is entitled to human rights. Think about it.

Rick Warren "AT WHAT POINT IS A BABY ENTITLED TO HUMAN RIGHTS?"
John McCain "AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION."

1 comment:

TigerHunter said...

Morning after pill is not abortive, it prevents fertilization and therefore conception from occurring.
http://tehjuggernauts.blogspot.com/2008/09/plan-b-is-not-abortive-pill.html