[quote=renee1258]From my studies from law school in the United States, the government didn’t say that a fetus isn’t a human being. The law I read talks about a human being’s viability outside the womb.
The law professor used this analogy.
You have an eight year old son that would die without a bone marrow transplant. You as the parent are a match, to your child. But you refuse to go through with any bone marrow transfusion. Your child dies.
Do you hold a legal duty to your own child to put aside your own bodily integrity for the sake your child?
The legal answer is No. As a rule of law, the government physically force you to go through the bone marrow transfusion.
That is why it is called pro-choice, the choice is in the parent to kill their child and that is the basis of the law.
This example bothered much of the class, even though I assume the majority were pro-choice.
The same application to mother and child within the womb. Instead of a bone marrow transfusion, instead is an umbillicord connecting the two of them for nine months. A mother’s bodily intergrity not to be connected to her child for nurishment has a stronger right then her child’s life, despite the fact her child would die.
For you to accept abortion to be a moral right, you have to accept a parent’s right to refuse the bone marrow transfusion and allowing their eight year old child to die.
But, one can argue that the child did not attach itself to it’s mother by it’s own free will. The consent to allow her child to occupy her body was made when she consented to sex.
I have seen this argument before on an abortion debate board. The poster who loves this one is a staunch pro-abortionist.
I asked her, but she never answered me, if there was any legal presidence for this scenario? Has there ever been a case where a person refused to give a life saving organ to her child? The reason I asked was because I wondered if this had happened wouldn’t it be interesting to see if the laws would change to reflect this type of parental responsibility towards a dying child. My guess would be that this has not happened. I am sure it would have made the headlines somewhere. Plus, I can’t imagine a parent refusing to save their child in this scenario.
Parents are already held responsible for the care of a dying child. They can be arrested if they don’t seek the proper medical help that their child needs. This is considered neglect.