The last thread I got into on this turned into a pretty incredible catfight, so let’s try not to let it happen again, okay? I’ll explain my positions further if asked, but I’d rather avoid arguments that go nowhere. I should probably note up front that I’m agnostic.
I believe abortion is an ugly necessity – that as long as childbearing depends on the use of a human being as a host for gestation it’s going to happen, whether for reasons of health, financial state, maturity, or readiness for parenthood. I believe that the rights and even the wants of the mother are more important than the rights of the fetus – after all, it’s sustaining itself on her body and is completely dependent on her. We don’t even grant children full rights once they’re out of the womb; to me, this follows naturally.
I don’t think adoption is the answer – were it, abortion would already be practiced only to save the life of the mother, and it isn’t. It is unfortunate, but short of moving childbirth entirely into test-tubes and sterilizing the general population, it’s not going away.
Obviously, I support contraception. I’d be ecstatic if abortion stopped – not because of anyone’s moral code becoming law, but because there was no more need or want for it. And legislating a particular moral stance won’t end abortion – it’ll just make it far more dangerous.
I am against the death penalty. While there’ve been a couple of cases that have rather shaken my stance on that, I don’t believe it is just to kill an independently living human being out of a desire for vengeance.