Hi all I'm new around here so I'll start by giving a quick summary of who I am. I am a 30 year old male registered Republican. Raised Roman Catholic but I'm not religious at all. If you ask me if there's an afterlife I'll tell you I don't know. If you ask me if Jesus was the son of God I'll say probably not. I only mention this to give people an idea of who they're talking to. Ive been reading different political forums on and off for years and have seen every twist and turn this debate takes.
First of all, I do believe conception is the start of a new human being's life. True, they have not yet developed sentience, but that is not because they aren't human, but because they are at the beginning stages of their life. A zygote has already formed a unique set of DNA and has begun cell division. The organism's growth will be a continuum until it achieves adulthood and finally death. At no point in that development did the organism swap species, or whatever absurd comparison you wish to make. (Ive seen a human zygote compared to trees, finger nails, skin cells, cysts, and frankly I cant think of a more idiotic way to approach this topic.)
I believe women should have the ability to choose, but that choice should be whether or not to have sex, which is the act of reproduction. Once you choose to engage in this risky behavior, you have to learn to live with the consequences.
However, since my argument is based on choice, I must concede that in the instance of rape a woman was never given a choice in the matter. I can not conceive of a way to legislate an exception for rape victims. How do they prove they were raped? ect. I also would like an exception for cases in which the mother's health is in clear and present danger. Then you get into, who decides this and when, how, ect. It becomes clear to me that in the end abortion should be legal, however it should be frowned upon and viewed as a last resort.
People should be better educated, have easy access to contraception, and parents should get more involved with their children's lives.
The thing that bothers me most about this debate is how people try to dehumanize a zygote or fetus because it is young. A zygote has not been given a chance that you or I had to be able to get here and speak up for itself. That doesn't make it any less unique, and that doesn't change the fact that a unique pregnancy has been terminated, and that person that was lost will never get a chance to make anything of him or herself.