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Re: Bookclub Day - Carol
Edited by Ellie on 5/20/2019, 10:39 pm
The Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 made abortion legal nationwide, but overturning Roe would not mean a nationwide ban on the practice. Rather, it would give jurisdiction back to the states, each of which would be able to decide whether or not to allow abortion within its borders. Within that premise, different States have had their own limitations and restrictions. No matter how you slice it, abortion is killing a human life. Many people have thought of it as getting rid of it as a mass of cells much like removing a tumor or foreign growth and in early stages that's true. The point of a heartbeat is now considered when those cells become a potential human. Years ago, we did not have the technology to envision the stage of development those cells had taken on and only those involved in the procedure were aware and what was taking place in aborting them. When a fetus can actually feel pain is still undetermined but it seems it's generally thought to be around 20 weeks. The process can literally involve pulling off limbs and then crushing the skull. A pretty disgusting thought. Taking it to the point of where the fetus could actually survive on its own becomes horrifying. The laws in the States that now "allow" third term abortions are not identical but they in essence removed the safeguards that were in place to ensure it wasn't taken lightly. The impression left even some pro-choice people second thoughts.
On the other hand, the restrictions of the "heartbeat" legislation now popping up in several States is equally intolerable without even rape or incest justifiable. Within that time frame, many women wouldn't even be aware they were pregnant.
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