Originally Posted by traderumor
I'm gonna make my last post the end of my thoughts on this matter. I just want to listen to explanations of the difference. At a philosophical level, I cannot see the difference. But I know if I get too far into this discussion folks will get mad at me.
I suppose that if you see any termination of a pregnancy as murder then there really isn't any difference. However, several abortion techniques are approved by the American Medical Association. Obviously, whacking the woman in the midsection with a baseball bat is not among the approved techniques.
Another example might help to show the distiction as I see it. Castration of a male cat is now performed under general anesthesia. In times gone by, the cat was fully awake, he just had his front end stuffed inside a boot to restrain him while the castration was taking place. I'm sure that some in PETA would argue that castrating a cat is wrong, so the technique doesn't matter. I can clearly distinguish between which one is animal cruelty and which is an acceptable medical technique.
I, personally, do not have a strong objection to the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus would be able to survive on its own. I do think that there should be a lot more counciling available as to alternatives, though. I would also like to see a huge increase in sex education (including abstinence) beginning at a much earlier age. However, I still think that abortion should be available as a last resort for those who choose it.