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Stamp: Late Term Abortion by 8manderz8 Stamp: Late Term Abortion by 8manderz8
I'm against non-emergency late-term abortions. What?! you might cry out, But =8manderz8, you're one of them crazy kill-the-babies people!" Well, confused internet person, allow me to explain.

The abortion debate is not black and white. I understand that there are those sides of the debate ('pro-life, even when raped!' or 'pro-choice, up until birth!'), but I think most people tend to dwell inside those shades of grey ('pro-life, except when raped!' or 'pro-choice, up until the third trimester!').

I'm inside those shades of grey on the pro-choice side of things. I definitely believe that a person ought to have the right to choose whether or not they continue a pregnancy, although I personally feel that it should only go to a certain point. (Shit storm in 3...2...)

With the care of a neo-natal ICU, a healthy fetus can survive outside of the womb at 28 weeks (the third trimester typically starts at week 29, and pregnancies are around 40 weeks long). This is well past the halfway-mark. I know situations vary from person to person, and it sounds awfully terrible for me to say it, but if you wanted to have an abortion but put it off as long as you did, then to put it bluntly -- that's just too bad.

It's certainly not about 'punishing' people, let me make that clear. If someone has a big project due by X time, and they put off finishing it until well after X, the teacher giving them a bad mark is not 'punishment,' but rather it's a response to their lack of action. If the student has a valid reason though, maybe because of a life-threatening situation, I can see the teacher giving them another chance. So, too, with me being against late-term abortion. You had six and a half months to make your decision, and you decided to not go ahead with it. Unless there's a life-threatening situation, it just seems wrong to terminate if the fetus can survive independently outside of the womb. That's the abortion/adoption switch line that I have in my mind.

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I want to add a few more things here.

I just remembered that there was a case recently that is described in this journal, where a mother who self-aborted her fetus within a week of its due date was jailed for eight years.

I still believe that it is morally wrong to terminate a pregnancy past the point where the fetus could survive without assistance from its mother. I support bodily autonomy, and I also hold the belief that once a fetus is capable of survival outside the womb -- yes, even with the aid of medical technology -- then it is a person. So, if at the point at which the fetus is able to live without its mother, it can be called a person, then that means it has its own rights to bodily autonomy and, thus, should not have its life terminated.

Those are just my thoughts on it, you're free to disagree if you like, because I understand that there are different opinions out there on where and when a fetus is recognized as a person.

At 26 weeks, the mortality rate of a prematurely born fetus is 24.4%.
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Gothic-Bunny-13 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A late term abortion happens for a reason sometimes...
ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
me too ^w^
VampireQueenEffeffia Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pregnancy is a commitment. You need to commit to having the baby, in the event you choose to, which means committing to take care of yourself and the unborn child so there are as few complications as possible. If you make the commitment, you should go through with it until the end, unless, as you said, there's some kind of risk last minute, like either to the mother or even to the baby (i.e., X, Y, and Z are going wrong, they will never have a normal life, and they'll be in daily pain). I have to agree with you here, and I especially like your analogy.

However, I do have to agree with a few others that if she was on the waiting list for too long, she should still have the option. Only if she was on the waiting list though. If she waits until she's so prego she can't get through the door, then yeah, sucks to be her. Pregnancy is a commitment, and if you are even the tiniest bit unsure, you may not be ready to make it. The best choice would to terminate as soon as possible, or if you don't want to abort, find someone who will take it or somewhere that specializes in finding homes for unwanted children.
Ninja-Froggy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
It's developed enough, then abortion can be dangerous to both the mother and the CHILD.
ObsydianIce Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't it dangerous to terminate a fetus late?
CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it can survive outside a womb then abortion needs to be off the table 
Forget-Me-Not-Fields Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
revilnemesis3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I am pro-choice but not a fan of late-term unless sever medical conditions complicate matters.
SilverBeastLaguz Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't like late-term either, unless it's to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or some other emergency.
Lipizzaner-Kgirl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
In a situation like that, the baby could be removed and allowed to live. Either way, there's not point in killing it.
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