Here's the thing. There are way too many opinions out there as to when, where and under what circumstances a woman may or may not have a child or an abortion. This is one of the most personal and intimate things a woman will ever do. It is her right to decide.
Yes, the fetus is a *potential* human life. However, that life depends on the woman in order to keep it alive. No one seems to be able to decide when and where that fetus becomes a human being. There is *no* scientific evidence or legal precedent to consider that life a human being. So, that is up to each woman to decide.
Outlawing abortion has a very short legal history in the United States (and elsewhere). Anti-abortion laws were only introduced during the last half of the 19th century, and not because of any concern for the "unborn child." They were pushed for by doctors and gynecologists as a way to put midwives out of business, because midwives would perform abortions as well as deliver babies.
When abortion is illegal, women die. These were real, post-born human women. These were people's mothers and sisters and daughters. Making abortion illegal doesn't stop it. It only sends it underground, to be performed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
If you are against abortion, fine, don't have one. But don't take that choice away from other women. And, if you really want to stop abortions, make it so no pregnancy is unwanted. Suppport better sex education and schools and greater availability of birth control and birth control information. Donate to Planned Parenthood, they do more to prevent abortions than Operation Rescue.
And don't force a woman to have a child she does not want. That's just inhuman.
As to the old "you aborted the people who are going to cure cancer argument:" What if Hitler's mother had had an abortion? What if Osama Bin Ladin's mother had had an abortion? Logic, people logic!
I know this isn't a message board, but I can't help adding on to counter the ridiculousness:
Kiddies, I *work* with children who are not wanted by their parents. It is a horrible, horrible thing. These kids are disadvantaged from the day they are born. These are kids that have been thrown into the oh-so-effective adoption and child care system. This system is underfunded and overstressed, and the experience for my kids is usually as traumatic as any form of abuse of neglect.
What are you holier-than-thou people doing to help kids? Besides preach? Besides make terrified and confused pregnant women feel guilty on top of everything else they are experiencing?
As someone already put it: Go adopt. Volunteer in after school program. Or something.