I'm in a debate on one of the boards I frequent with a woman who's very pro-choice and insists that she would abort if she became pregnant. She called the preborn child a parasite and compared it to a tapeworm.
Needless to say, I disagreed with her.
What might need to be said is that she and I are friends, so I feel a particular tenderness toward this woman, and a need to protect her from some of the other, even more passionate remarks, of some participants.
A parasite is another species which invades the body. A baby is the same species, created as the natural outcome of an important human activity: sex. The primary purpose of sex is to create new life.
So - there are a few things we need to think of, when we talk about abortion:
Is the unborn child alive? At what point does it become a human life? At "quickening?" at the point of viability? A few short years ago, viability was pretty late; now it's possible to save babies born as early as 20 weeks. In a few years... who knows how early a wanted baby's life can be saved?
And, who benefits from abortion? Certainly not the baby. Even the mother, who "chose" the procedure, suffers. If she didn't, there wouldn't be organizations like Feminists for Life, or Project Rachel.
Nope - the people MOST LIKELY to benefit from abortion are men. The men who don't have to own responsibility for their sexual pleasures. The male-dominated OB-GYNs who perform the procedures; it's a damned lucrative industry.
Women being exploited for the benefit of men.
And abortion promoted as a feminist "right." Yeah, right. And donkeys fly.