Andrew Straw on Abortion
The 5th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution protect life and liberty, in that order.
Two different examples show the conflict. A woman should have the absolute right to abort a fetus that came from rape. Absent rape, if a woman aborts because the fetus belongs to a disfavored civil rights group such as disability or race or ethnicity or nationality, there should be restrictions. The United States should not condone eugenics.
A: Oppose "unrestricted" It should be illegal to have an abortion for a civil rights-suppressing purpose, such as solely on the basis of disability or race or sex of the fetus.
Q: So if a woman makes the decision herself, that's ok? As long as her reason is not about disability or race or gender? In other words, you'd agree with "Abortion is a woman's restricted right"?
A: Let me be clear. A fetus has rights and that is why they have civil rights. If a woman was not involved in the pregnancy, she would have˙NO RIGHT˙to kill her own child just like she has no right to do euthanasia against a disabled person or a senior or some adult who was a certain race or gender. Abortion is actually killing someone and if that makes the calculus difficult, that's too bad. Deal with it. A woman does not have an unrestricted total right to kill her fetus and no number of federal judges can change this.
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