When one acquires human rights is more a religious and ethical question than a scientific one. Under English common law, as cited in Roe V. Wade, there was no criminal penalty for abortion prior to "quickening" - which was the first discernible movement of the fetus in the womb.
To those who insist that the full panoply of human rights must apply the moment an egg becomes fertilized, all I can ask is why stop there? If we are to accept the platitude that it is a woman's bound moral duty to carry every fertilized egg to full term if at all possible, even at the risk of her life, why is it not also her duty to see that no egg goes unfertilized if it's at all possible to fertilize it? If the willful abortion of a potential human life is to be considered as criminal murder of an innocent, why does this not apply to the unfertilized egg?
So yes, criminalize abortion. And menstruation. The difference is completely arbitrary.,
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