If a woman with chlamydia is pregnant she puts herself at risk for premature delivery (and all the complications associated with it), low birth weight (and all the complications associated with it), risk of contraction of chlamydia (and in a newborn that's not really good), blindness, and pneumonia.
Pick whichever symptom you want as the most life threatening. Just know that there's a 20 - 50% chance that one or more of those symptoms can occur. I think that int he US of a sample size of about 5,000, the standard deviation is in the hundreds.
And sure some ailments are environmental and can't be planned for or prevented. I'm not gonna argue that. But my point is since it is not 100% guaranteed that you will give birth to a healthy child for whatever, you should not make decisions for pregnant women regarding whether or not to keep or abort a child if they get an informed opinion/fact (from a doctor) saying with some degree of certainty their child will be born with some defect or ailment.
And there are many reasons why people want healthy children, one of which is probably the cost of raising a healthy child. Kids cost money.
Why should people that do not have the means to financially raise a child bring one into this world so other people are forced to raise it.
That whole "abortion should not be used as a method of birth control' thing is really inaccurate.
Birth control implies taking measures to prevent pregnancy. If you're contemplating abortion apparently your birth control already failed.
"Yeah well you shouldn't have had sex." "You should have been prepared to deal with the consequences."
People have sex. Smart people have sex. Stupid people have sex. Old people have sex. Middle aged people have sex. Young people have sex.
Just because you engage in sexual activities does not mean you want to have kids. Abortion is not a means of regulating the chances of getting pregnant, it is a method of dealing with the consequence of an unexpected pregnancy if you find that after a sexual encounter you are pregnant.
"Abortion is murder and people that do it are stupid." "I think abortion is only ok if the woman is raped"
You cannot say abortion is murder (a crime) and then justify the action if someone is wronged. Next thing you know every legal court will look a lot like Texas.
Furthermore, you cannot grant access to abortion to some people and deny it to others. If all it took to get an abortion was to claim you were raped, there'd be a whole lot more rapists. Looking at it from another angle, if a woman was not raped and lies about it, can you imagine what she'd feel like if the only way she could get an abortion was to subject herself to being examined for tell tale signs of sexual assault?
A fetus is a living thing
I agree for the most part. I believe that 1 living egg + 1 living sperm =/= a dead thing. But look at Terri Schiavo. Regardless of what I believe technology has come far enough these past 4 decades that we (humans) have become pretty damn stupid if we no longer know what it means to be dead/alive.
"I think therefore I am" spoketh Descarte. Where does that leave an unborn child? One day along into the pregnancy there is a baby capable of thought? No. Is it alive? no, not really. Maybe during the 2nd trimester you can think/imagine an unborn child is a living thing, and I know technology is sophisticated enough that if we wanted to we probably could determine whether or not unborn children are capable of thought but chances are they aren't.
And finally good old US Constitution, those Unalienable rights, and one of the few times I will put my foot down on abortion.
The physical body is tangible. You me, and every poor sap reading this has one. It belongs to us. You have your body, I have mine. It is what we are born with. Sure it changes over time, grows, needs to be cleaned every once in awhile (hopefully everyday) and it is something no one can take away from you. If you ever find yourself pregnant, you should be able to do whatever the heck you want to your body tog et rid of it if you so choose. Because no matter how you want to interpret the constitution and the First Amendment, the only property you are born with is your body.
However, I specifically believe the things you are born with are inherently yours and no one elses. (Everything inside of you at birth is yours.)
Since you are not born pregnant and ignoring the existence of the Virgin Mary, babies are the product of two people. I do not support a woman getting an abortion if the biological father wants to keep the baby. I think possession is 9/10 the law but at least 25% of an unborn child is a man's. (I say at least 25% because mom donates half the baby's genes and the organelles. Daddy only gives half the genes) So. . . . work out your differences. If daddy wants to keep the baby abortion should deifnitely be avoided at all costs in my opinion because an exact replica of an unborn child is not something you can replace. It is one of a kind.
(I am so sweaty after typing all of that I feel . . . like I need to clean my property in a few minutes)