Sorry for the break in posts.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Too much Halloween decorating, doctor appointments, scouting activities and work.   Today’s subject is something a little more concrete then some of my other posts, but definitely controversial.

Let me start off by reminding my readers about what I said in the post “Who Am I”.  I stated that “Above all, I believe that life, everyone’s, life is unique and important.”  Everyone has a right to their own life.  The ending of a life, for any reason is a terrible thing.  In my mind, there is only one legitimate allowable reason to kill someone.  Only if an individual has forfeited their lives by deciding to take someone else’s life.  This same standard applies in the case of abortion as well.  In simple terms, abortion, in my mind, is a horrible and terrible wrong.

I know.  Many readers will say that a fetus is not a person and therefore they should not be granted the same rights as a fully developed human being.  Do you know what the difference between a baby and a fetus is?  It’s whether it’s wanted or not.  Think about it.  For a baby wanted by the parents, we will even go to the extent of performing corrective surgery to a fetus as young as 20 weeks in utero.  These people are thinking of this child as a baby.  Conversely and although in the minority of abortions, people will abort a baby that’s over 21 weeks in utero.  These people think of the baby as a fetus.  Both babies are at the same level of development.  Those people who want to have a baby will tend to think of the child as a baby from the day they find out they are having a baby.  Those who don’t want to be pregnant and pursue an abortion, will tend to dehumanize the child they want to abort and call it a fetus.

OK.  That describes the emotional definition of a fetus and a baby, but the Blue Lion strives to bring rational thought to all discussions.  For those who don’t believe in a soul, my argument is a little weaker than it is for those who do.  To those who don’t believe in a soul, all I’ll say is that left alone, the fetus/baby will, with a high percentage of success, grow into a fully viable human with all the rights to live their lives that this entails.  Since we don’t know exactly when the “experience” of life really begins, a conservative determination is called for.  Clearly at some point, fairly early in development (around 4 weeks after conception), brain cells start to form and interact.  This, to me, is the most conservative stance that can be taken from a purely biological standpoint.  Ironically, this is about the same time that women start to find out that the are pregnant.

For those who believe in a soul, the argument is even stronger.  I have a real problem with people who believe that we have souls and then turn around and have an abortion because the fetus isn’t a person.  No one can determine just when a person gets a soul.  Clearly, it would have to be some time between or at conception and when the child is born.  Most people would say this happens much earlier than half way through the pregnancy.  In fact, since we can’t determine the “when”, the only logical stance to take is that the child has a soul at conception.  This, to the believer would make abortion the killing of a person in all cases.  However, for even the non-believer, the logical determination is that the fetus is a baby after only 4 or 5 weeks.

So, now that we can see that almost every abortion performed should be considered killing a person, we need to think outside of the box to actually make any progress in reducing the number of abortions to a very small number.  You see, as my title suggests, abortion is not the problem.  As horrible a thing as abortion it, it’s only a symptom of the problem.  The problem, is unwanted pregnancies.  If every pregnancy was one that was wanted by the man and woman involved, there would not be any need for abortions.  Sadly, this will never happen.  However, we can and should do much more than we currently do to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.  Technology has provided us with a plethora of methods to avoid pregnancies.  None of them are perfect, but most work very well.  The pill, condoms, tubal ligation, vasectomies and even Natural Family Planning (which is NOT the rhythm method) have been proven to be very effective means of birth control, if used correctly.  Unfortunately, many religions teach that the only acceptable method of birth control is abstinence if not married and Natural Family Planning if married.  The biggest problem with both of these methods is they require a large amount of discipline.  Something lacking from the vast majority of people.

What about the rights of the woman?  Shouldn’t they come into this discussion?  What exactly should we do to reduce abortions?  I’ll discuss those parts of the issue and that fact that while the Blue Lion is pro-choice, I believe the “choice” needs to happen before the sexual activity occurs. Until then, be well.