In Response to – Abortion: the railway dilemma edition
“Is it the case that a woman who thinks of her fetus as being separate from her, likely to find the decision to abort this fetus, easier, than if she considered the fetus as being part of her?”
Who made the egg that became the fetus? Was the egg separate, i.e. manufactured outside of her, or was if created by her body?
If her body made the egg how could it ever be a separate entity/being from its creator?
Some women, who undergo abortions, experience emotional turmoil that’s easily equal to those who’ve lost limbs or donated organs. We need to see that it’s not the unborn, that has rights, but only the woman’s right to have part of her body removed. A decision taken much too lightly.
“If the possible, full repercussions of abortion were clearly explained to developing girls, it may well be, that having unprotected sex would be seen differently. Parents need longer conversations with teenagers.”
As far as organ transplants go, an individual’s right to life, will always be greater than anyone else’s. If we choose to donate an organ, and we know this act would kill us, we would obviously be viewing another person’s life, as more important than our own. An unlikely scenario.
Although going off point slightly, when we continue to see ourselves as ‘separate’ from each other, abortion, wars, racism, inequality and so on, stay alive and active. When we promote togetherness – as in the fetus being part of a pregnant women – things potentially calm down a little.
To say that five people’s lives, are more important than one, is to diminish the value of all life.
In regard to the thought experiment:
A grown person requires a life-saving transplant.
You are the only match in the world.
Does your bodily integrity come below their right to life?
Is it different if they are your child?
Bodily integrity is irrelevant if we love ourselves and someone else enough to give them life. Children belong to us all.