Freedom of choice is a basic right, as long as you accept the consequences

David Coughlin | October 14, 2012 

I believe in Freedom of Choice as a basic Right in all personal matters, as long as you accept the consequences of your actions.  Whether to engage in the act of sex is a perfect example: sex is a personal choice that can be enjoyed with whomever you please.  If the choice is removed, a crime has been committed.  As long as the adults are consenting, there are no restrictions.  However sex has a potential consequence that must be considered.  If pregnancy is not desired there are numerous, inexpensive contraception alternatives readily available.
The dilemma arises when the consequences of your initial choice produces a new human being, whose Rights must also be considered.  This conception of a new human life introduces an entirely new, independent choice decision.  Becoming pregnant is not just an inconvenience, but rather the beginning of a new life story.  It is no longer a discussion about contraception, but instead the choice is whether to end this new human life.
The issues involve who makes the decision, when the baby is aborted, and who pays for this procedure.  Pregnancy is the consequence of two people’s personal choice, but only the woman has the personal choice to terminate this emerging human life.
The decision when to abort this new life increases personal guilt as time goes on since infant viability improves as the fetus develops.  Terminating in the first trimester is viewed as humane, while second or later trimester is viewed as inhumane due to medical advances demonstrating survivability at earlier and earlier gestation.  There is now discussion of how late the abortion can take place, since partial birth abortions effectively take place at birth.  If the baby survives this procedure the moral question arises can the baby be aborted after birth to ensure the initial abortion decision is honored?  Many religious people do not condone abortions at any time.
Personal choices are the responsibility of the decision makers. A majority of Americans do view abortion as a personal choice today, but do not think society must subsidize and pay for another’s personal choice.  We should not be forced to pay for other’s contraception nor should we be forced to pay for other’s abortions.
Our Constitution protects our Freedom of Choice in all personal matters, but recently there have been a number of attempts to isolate the person from the consequences of their actions.  Our decision is whether society must pay to enable and subsidize us from the consequences of our actions.


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One Response to “Freedom of choice is a basic right, as long as you accept the consequences”

  1. Stuart Shepherd on October 16th, 2012 1:16 am

    Wrong! Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life begins at conception by any biological or logical definition. The baby has a right to life, even in the case of rape. There are penalties and justice available to the racist and help for and choices for the mother regarding the pregnancy. The only viable reason for killing a fetus/baby would be in those EXTREMELY rare cases that it reasonably threatens the life of the mother, and THEN it should be her choice. Sorry. God made men to plant babies and to work to take care of them and women to have babies and to nurture them. So sorry it’s really so incredibly simple! By the way, did you know that the “fetus” has arm buds and leg buds and a head region by 2 weeks (about the time the mother learns she’s pregnant)!! There is absolutely no excuse- “choice” or otherwise for this completely barbaric and morally depraved act in a civilized society (at least legally, and most definitely not with MY MONEY!). Have you ever seen an abortion? I have. I was a medical student at Stanford on an OB rotation and accidentally went into an OR I thought was a delivery. There, with the “doctor”‘s head underneath the drape she sucked out the tiny parts of the baby into a vacuum tube after she had just used a razor blade roto-rooter instrument to slice it into small bits. The bits of body parts and fluids traveled along the wall through the vacuum tube to a receptacle on the wall. Immediately following the plastic bag in the receptacle was dropped into the human waste trash!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had experienced true evil of the Nazi variety. You could see and even somewhat identify the body parts. These people are evil animals.

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