Supporting abortion to term.

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VegansTasteBetter Fri 27-Jul-12 20:01:04

Asking this question in feminism because, 1. I don't want a pro/against bunfight and 2 because I have only ever seen this comment made by feminists. *

I have seen the comment made that someone would support an abortion up until term for any reason (so in theory just because they changed their mind would be acceptable I guess).

If you take this stance is it because you feel to decide a cut off date for abortions would be to choose an arbitrary date in a pregnancy and that we need legally to have free access to abortions... but actually if your mate said, "just found out I am 37 weeks pregnant really don't want it, going for an abortion" you would be horrified and because you know it isn't likely to ever happen

or

if in the above scenario would you happily (assuming it were legal) take your friend down to the clinic to get an abortion because you belive the mother's choice trumps the fetus/babies right to life?

I'm prochoice but I have a real difficulty with people saying that it's acceptable for any reason up till term. And in the above scenario (if it were legal) I'd support my friend's right to demand to be induced early for her mental health and to give the baby up for adoption but not for an abortion.

* disclaimer: I am a feminist but don't support this view

mimmum Mon 01-Oct-12 10:01:17

"So bella, given the physical reality of pregnancy, how does that fit in with a woman being entitled to full control over her own body?"

Well at the risk of repeating what others have said more eloquently, she doesn't want to be pregnant any longer, this is her bodily automony, the baby and at 39 weeks it is a baby, wants the chance at life, wants to be born. She gives birth in a hospital the baby lives and she is no longer pregnant. Why does it need to be part of her bodily automony to end this life.

EmmelineGoulden Mon 01-Oct-12 17:02:58

mimmum, then you are repeating a fallacy. Bodily autonomy is not her ability to realize a desire not to be pregnant. It is the right to do as she pleases to her own body.

You can't have it both ways and say that women have bodily autonomy, but can't do as they please to their bodies. It's a nonsense.

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