Friday, July 04, 2008

Obama and Abortion: My Candidate! (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: Added Relevant Bible Passage at end

I think there are two big problems with Roe. 1) The trimester system is abitrary.  To me there are two times with a gray area in the middle, and those are before and after it can live independently of mom, and, 2) the "health" exception is worded in such a way as to be overly broad.  Is it possible to think that giving birth doesn't impact a woman's health? 

Obama wants mental consequences of abortion to be removed from the health exception.  I'm not saying that's how I'd have gone about it, but it does sound like it is moving towards the right goal.  I honestly don't know where to draw the line for health, but I'd hope it would be something that would limit late-term abortions on health grounds to something which might have lasting and predictable repercussions.  For example, three months hospital recuperation is pretty darn serious, but a rich woman could handle it pretty well (no fear of bills, later insurance premiums, or that a job loss would shatter future economic advantage).

Of course, maybe we should just let this all be decided by the Bible.  Exodus 21:15 says "Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death."  Now, we all know that every baby kicks its mother...  By the way, Jesus specifically points to a neighboring passage (Exodus 21:17 Whoever curses/dishonors/reviles his father or his mother shall be put to death) in Matthew 15:4, apparently supporting its usage.  Hey, if Jesus is God, why would Jesus ever say, like he does in Matthew 15:4, that "God said..."?

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