pro-life position is a flawed stance because a human at conception is just a
collection of cells which contain human genetic information, and so if we ever
do things like tear off hangnails, which contain some remnants of living skin
cells, which are also cells that contain human genetic information, should we
be imprisoned for homicide? If we ever scrape a knee or accidentally cut
ourselves with a knife, should we be found to have committed involuntary
manslaughter? Of course not, so this is a silly absolutist position to take.
So, what is the proper stance to take? Well, the point to warrant concern is
when a fetus is developed enough to experience pain, as then it is comparable
in moral worth to sentient, born humans, due to its capacity for awareness. So,
both the woman and the harbored developed fetus at this point are of equal
moral worth, so we should weigh the needs and concerns of both to decide what
action should be taken, still allowing the woman to have abortion in cases like
health concerns, sudden issues arising in the woman’s livelihood, a fundamental
change in parental prospects, et cetera.
Gǣð ā wyrd swā hīo scel.