Just read a very interesting article on this issue, I realise I never looked at it the way before.
In a way, I think I'm lucky to be in Singapore where distasteful matters are swept under the carpet and not talked about. Matters like abortion. Seriously, being a conservative society as we ought to be, we are very open on the topic of abortion. Not in the sense that we talk about it, but we allow it to happen without much fanfare. That's what my American Law tutor told us, she finds it funny.
When very fundamental issues arise, our politician tend to keep quiet, like the gay issues..
Anyway a motion had just been passed in South Dakota, banning all abortion except in medical emergencies. Yes, the ban even covers abortion arising from rape and incest. Everything except medical emergency.
That's a truckload of bull..
The arguement is that life starts at the point of conception. Ok, I shall not argue with that, since that's their belief.. so there.. But then the article I read pointed out something which I had never thought of, if life starts at the point of conception, then shouldn't in-vitro fertilization be banned? Since the process fertilizes multiple zygotes (should I use this word?) but only a few are implanted, the rest are frozen indefinitely (?). But sooner or later, these frozen zygotes becomes non-viable, so isn't that the same as abortion?
If all life should be respected, then there should be no exception.
This brings about another question, not very related, but can Catholics undergo ivf treatment? My very surface understanding tells me that a child is gift given by God, thus, contraception should not be used as it intervenes with God's plan. So if a Catholic couple remains childless after years, can they undergo ivf treatment? But then that will be against God's plan, isn't it?
I have to apologise to anyone that I may offend with that question, I really don't know much about Christianity, not to say about Catholics. I'm not judging or anything, I'm just curious. The question just popped up in my mind and refuses to go away..
Pro-choice and pro-life people can never resolve their issues, coz they are never talking about the same thing.
Pro-life believes that all life must be protected.
Pro-choice believes that it's a woman's personal choice, which have nothing to do with the state, the religion or even their closest relations. It's a choice to be made by an individual, for an individual.
Final thing, I'm glad I'm living in Singapore, where I have access to excellence medical care when the need arises. It may never arise, but I'm happy that when it does, I will have a choice.