It looks like abortion is going to be an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s a shame that it is as there are many far more important issues to be discussed, but never shy to put my two cents in, here is my take on it. First, a personal experience: When my wife, Marilynn, was pregnant with our second son, she foolishly tried to lift something heavy and started hemorrhaging. The doctors of the time (1960) advised her to have an abortion because the fetus might be compromised. She refused and took to bed. Eventually we had a perfect eight pounder. She made a believer out of me. But it was her body, and her CHOICE.
Even though I don’t believe in abortion, but, I also don’t believe it is any of the government’s business. An unborn should not have precedence over the living. It’s up to each woman to do what she thinks is best and face the consequences of her actions both physical and mental. To make this point, let me quote a person who is a better writer and smarter than me:
“An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn). Abortion is a moral right — which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?” — Ayn Rand