Very often, you will hear even pro-choice people speak of abortion as something sad, tragic, a serious decision, something after which a woman is never the same, and so on.
If someone does not believe that abortion is murder, the taking of a human life, why exactly would they feel this way? If it is a simple surgical procedure, no more serious than (or not as serious as), for instance, an appendectomy, removal of the gall bladder, or removal of wisdom teeth, then what is sad or tragic about that? You have the operation, you recuperate, and that’s that.
Some reasons I’ve pondered:
- They do not see it as human life, but as the beginning of a potential human life, and it is kind of sad that it will never get to become a human person
- It is a failure of contraception and a recognition that you cannot always prevent the “life process”, as it were, from beginning
- The process of pregnancy has begun, with all of the emotions, hormones, and physical and chemical reactions that go with this, and to interrupt this natural process is somehow less than ideal
- It is a “kind-or-sort-of” pre-human, and even though it “had to be ended” for some supposedly good reason, it is sad in somewhat the same way as a miscarriage is “sad” (this seems to be the Japanese approach, where women will make prayer offerings, or whatever the word would be, to their never-born children)
Am I missing something here? Reading something into it that’s just not there?