This is a comment from Chris on the post “When It Comes To Birth Control, Where Are The Men?“
You made an excellent point regarding the discussion around abortion. I too have a conservative christian background. But, as a scientist, I have always found it difficult to discuss this issue in purely religious terms. Whether or not a person believes that abortion is murder usually is determined by whether or not they feel that a soul exists in utero or at conception. Scientifically, this can’t be addressed. Religiously, well, it depends on the religion, doesn’t it? This becomes an extremely tricky discussion. Science can’t give you the answer to when a soul becomes part of living tissue. But, religion has given that answer to many people. However, mandating public policy based on a minority’s religious views is against everything our country stands for. And yes, anti-choice advocates are currently in the minority, according to most research done on the topic. So, although I acknowledge that both sides have a right to their position, I will also point out that pro-choice advocates do not force abortions on women that don’t want them. Unfortunately, anti-choice advocates are trying very hard to eliminate options, based on religious ideology, on all female citizens of this country. So, in the end, it comes down to whether any one church or religion should be able to dictate public policy. And my answer will always be no.
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