Originally posted by e1618978
It seems to me that objections to 1st trimester abortions require a belief in god (who invests the soul in the egg) - so a law against 1st trimester abortion is a violation of the seperation of church and state.
In the early days of the abortion debate, the popular limit was 20 weeks, given that a heartbeat could be detected then. Now, with modern technology we can do that at something like four weeks.
We're always going to have to draw the line somewhere. While current medical technology is helpful in the debate, this is largely about ethics, not raw science.
We should err on the side of caution. It stands to reason that as science advances, we will continue to expand our knowledge of the birth process, including the development of the unborn child.
Thus protection at the point of conception would seem to be the most ethical way of ensuring that all human life remains valued and protected in our society, and not subject to the whims of business, science or government.
Did you notice that "belief in a deity" did not have to be invoked at all there?
Crying "separation of church and state" when confronted by divisive moral issues is not a solution to the world's problems.