Even once a fetus has brain waves and we would recognize it as a legal person, there is reason to keep abortion legal.
I find this area a bit ugly and I don’t like it personally at all, but legally, I can’t see where the government has the authority to favor the rights of one life over another.
Here are two hypothetical scenarios to clarify where I’m coming at with this one. Let me know what you think:
1) Bob and Tom are siamese twins. Bob is fully formed but not Tom; among other things, Tom’s heart does not pump enough blood to keep himself alive independently of Bob. Bob is suffering under the physical and mental strain of supporting Tom’s body and decides that he no longer wants to be attatched to Tom (thus ending Tom’s life).
[b:a1c34c6885]- Does Bob have the right to detach himself from Tom ?[/b:a1c34c6885]
2) You are at fault in a car accident that causes an innocent woman to suffer a double kidney failure. You are the only compatible donor availbale to donate a kidney in time to save her life. Your decision to accept the risks of driving has forced an innocent life to require the use of one of your organs to be able to live.
[b:a1c34c6885]-Should the government be able to force you to donate your kidney? [/b:a1c34c6885]
[b:a1c34c6885]-Should you be convicted of murder if you don’t provide the kidney?[/b:a1c34c6885]