a. The U.S. laws have not defined the fetus as an independent human being capable of sustaining independent life, and not a citizen granted the same equal rights men and women receive.Hurkyl said:Let me give you an example of why I'm apparently confused about your posts:
according to the U.S. laws, a fetus is not considered a U.S. citizen
american law has clearly defined that the woman has control of her body while pregant
remember hurkyl, you are assuming that life begins at conception and many hold a different opinion of this, especially the U.S. laws.
i never stated that the U.S. laws had the opinion [that life does not begin at conception]
the eyes of the law don't see the fetus as a human being
b. Thus, we can assume that the U.S. laws do not consider that human life begins at conception and voluntary abortion by the woman carrying the fetus is not considered murder by this definition.
c. The woman has been granted legal authority over the decisions to bear a child and will not suffer any prosecution of the law because the ruling of Roe vs. Wade has deemed her immediate privacy and safety above that of the termination of the fetus.
d. Should the woman's fetus be killed at the hands of another against her will, that other person could very well be tried for murder, depending on the circumstances. This is relatively new I believe.
Hopefully that doesn't confuse you. I know you are intelligent enough to interpret that for exactly what it means. When it comes to morals/values/beliefs, it becomes more of a challenge to clearly define what is and isn't like you can in with a subject like mathematics. I apologize for confusing you.
Perhaps my previous assumption that you are out to attack my beliefs was valid after all. You spent so much energy attacking mine, but then admit to this. What was your original intention then? Obviously you have strong feelings on the subject, so please do share them as freely as I have.For the same reason I'm not arguing for my beliefs here: I don't have what I would consider a strong argument to back them up.