As a general rule, I try not to be an idiot. I like to think that for the most part, I'm not. However, as are all, I'm sometimes susceptable to moments of idiocy. As a general rule, I try acknowledge them when I become aware of them.
First, I fully support the legal protection of a woman's right to choose. I want there to be no question about that.
I posited below that the laws governing abortion were at their very foundation poorly constructed. I believe that to be true.
I suggested that the definition of life as dictated by Roe V Wade is ill-founded. I still hold to that as well.
Then I made another suggestion, without research, based on an understanding that I now know to be false. I was laboring under the delusion that the heartbeat began much later than it actually does. Fact-checking was a mere click away, and I didn't carry it out.
That was an idiotic thing to do. I apologize for it.
What I intended to do with the post below was to raise some concerns I had with abortions as they are currently practiced. Given the nature of the issue, I should have put more thought behind this.
I'm greatly troubled by the idea of an abortion carried out on a fetus that can feel it happening. I believe there can and should be a way to prevent this from happening whenever feasible without undermining a woman's right to choose. I don't know how. I shouldn't have gone beyond my knowledge base, as by so doing I ran the risk of causing offense, and furthermore thoroughly weakened my arguement and my credibility.
I'm not going to edit the post below, or delete it. I want the record to reflect the truth, and to cover up a stumble like that would be dishonest. I'm going to respond to the comments, then close the thread. any comments you would have left there I would ask you to leave here.
I fucked up.