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|User Info||On "Personhood" (Continued); entered at 2012-01-11 20:39:59|
Registered: 2011-10-22 CA
I think that's one glaring problem with the issue, but there's another one. Even if it were somehow possible to enforce abortion laws without contradicting the 4th amendment, any law prohibiting ANY kind of abortion would contradict the 13th as well.|
Claiming (as neo-cons do) that abortion is only a question of "when does life begin?" is simply dishonest. The real question is, "can you sustain this life without enslaving the mother to service it?" - and the obvious answer is no. She is forced to eat pregnancy-safe foods, behave in pregnancy-safe ways, and carry a load she doesn't want to carry on her person at all times. If she chooses to fast for a month, the fetus dies; if she chooses to take large doses of vitamin C, the fetus dies; etc.
So the question is not about personhood; it is about choice between the personhood of two different people, where having both at the same time is physically impossible. The fact that there is no reasonable way to enforce abortion laws is just another argument for a choice that was already pretty obvious.
P.S. I think I got distracted by the abortion issue as well :)