And there is something else going on for the moment that has a grade score of more than 11 plus...
Based on your phrasing, you presuppose a potential child (fetus) is the same as a born child and they are not on a list of categories, including legal. I don't see any comparison between a woman's right over her body and her fetus with that of the man who simply provided sperm. The medical consequences of a birth of an unwanted child can't be compared equally between a male and female that produced a fetus. Socially, men have far less condemnation if they abandon an unwanted child as compared to a woman/mother. There is hardly any comparison in regard to 'rights' of a male to his pregnant female.I see this thread has not been ignored, so let me add another twist. I think the sperm and egg thing is a valid point, so both should have a rightfull part in this decision. Should the father have the right to the well being of his child. It is his as much as it is hers.
Good question. I think it's less about the potential of the life than it is the life itself. Otherwise, it would not make a difference if the fetus is in the womb, an infant outside the womb, a child, teen, adult, geriatric. It would not matter if it were just about "potential". I don't think the analogy to a battery is necessarily relatable. A battery is built to do a job. When it can no longer do that job adequately it is discarded, recycled .. whatever. We do not do this with people, otherwise the old and infirm would just be "discarded". The young who have taken a bad turn would be discarded, just like unwanted fetuses. IF, one sees a fetus, with brain function and a heart beat and possibly even viable outside the womb as a life, then to terminate that would be to terminate a life and equates, at best euthanasia, and at worst murder. If one sees life as "life" defined as once outside the womb then that's the other argument. Potential really isn't the question.Hey HOP and Harkon, How do you measure the potential of a fetus or a child? Can you see 10, 20, 50, 80 years down the road? Batteries have potential. When does it become a battery? When do you discard that battery? When it stops working for you or when it has no more potential? Just a thought after reading all the posts. I don't claim to be able to see the potential or what that "Potential" might or might not have down the road.
Sorry, but a battery is a terrible analogy to a fetus in terms of potential. A battery is a simple device with almost precise measurable properties allowing for fairly accurate "potential" data . A fetus is a complex living biology with difficult to measure properties for determining whatever you mean by potential.Hey HOP and Harkon, How do you measure the potential of a fetus or a child? Can you see 10, 20, 50, 80 years down the road? Batteries have potential. When does it become a battery? When do you discard that battery? When it stops working for you or when it has no more potential?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unintended_pregnancy#cite_note-BestIntent-3Before legalization, an estimated 1,000 to 10,000 women died each year from complications of poorly performed abortions. Legalization was followed by a decrease in pregnancy-related deaths in young women, as well as decrease in hospital admissions for incomplete or septic abortions that could be caused by induced abortion performed by inexperienced practitioners.
Source: Effects of Carrying an Unwanted Pregnancy to Term on Women's Existing ChildrenWomen's concerns that having another child may affect their ability to care for existing children are supported by a limited, yet growing body of empirical evidence demonstrating adverse effects of unintended childbearing, both for the child resulting from an unintended pregnancy, as well as for older siblings