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Written on Letter: No Less Human:

Please show me a study that shows that many (and by many I'm looking for a majority here) women regret their abortions. I'll go ahead and leave two here showing the opposite.

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/06/us/...

http://women.webmd.com/news/20000822/...

Do some women regret their abortions? Sure. But regret does not mean criminality! Just because some women regret their abortions does not make abortion criminal. Consider: If I eat too much ice cream, I will regret it later. This does not mean ice cream should be illegal.

"Even if she falsely claims that the fetus is not a person" Whether or not a fetus is a person is still debated even today. The question is subjective, and hard to answer. However, I will point out a few things about a fetus.

First of all, most abortions occur in the first trimester (88 - 92%). For the majority of the first trimester, it is an embryo. At the latter part, it is at the early stages of being a fetus. At no point within the first trimester is the fetus able to feel pain, nor is it conscious. Most studies point to about 20 to 24 weeks to be when a fetus starts to be able to feel pain, and it is not most likely until later, if ever while still in the womb, that a fetus attains consciousness or something similar to it. In addition to this, 10-20% of embryos/fetuses in the first trimester are miscarried. Even more zygotes are miscarried, the number anywhere in the 30-50% range.

So, an embryo/fetus is human in nature and alive (just like a skin cell), but it is not capable of feeling pain, not conscious, not capable of surviving independent of the mother, and not fully developed. Is it a person? I would say no. I would say there is no way you can rationally classify that as a person. However, again, subjectivity, meaning that it is a moot point.

If you want to argue solely against late-term abortions, then you would have much more ground to stand on, and I could respect that argument.

A baby or an incapacitated person are not reliant solely on their mother like a fetus is - any person, including one with the ability or means - can take care of them.

As for the woman choosing. Contraception is not always obtainable. It also does not always work to prevent pregnancy. Not even birth control is one hundred percent reliable. It is also unfair when you consider men have the ability to choose, yet are not burdened as women are. In the case of rape, a decision has not been made. A decision has been violently stolen.

So no. All of the assumptions you have made are not based in logic, but in subjectivity riddled with emotional influence. Do not claim to be the logical side when you clearly demonstrate a lack of understanding regarding the basic nature of science or the current statistics surrounding the issue.

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