I think the determination whether it is right to abort a pregnancy or not of an irresponsiblyconceived fetus simply because the woman does not want thechild to be born (for no good reason -- just her desire it be terminatedor her desire not to go through pregnancy) is much more difficult, though particularly in those cases where although the people should have known they were unnecessarily risking pregnancy, they in some real sense actually didn't know or realize it. I reallydo not have a fully developed answer here. It seems to me that ifanyone were so callous or insensitive and lazy, or whatever, as to routinelyand repeatedly consider abortion to be a first resort form of birth control,even after counseling, that society (or any given doctor) might have theright to refuse her an abortion or might even have the right to suggest,seek, or demand her sterilization at some point, (in return for that abortion)particularly if the sterilization was medically reversible when he or shebecame more responsible. I don't know whether that is too harsh or not, but at this point it seems to me reasonable and not too harsh. Certainly parents do not have the right to repeatedlyabuse their children; and society has the right to take their childrenfrom them. I would think that similarly a man or woman would not have theright to repeatedly "abuse" or squander potential particular lives by wantonlycreating embryos for no good reason and then destroying them. And justas the first case of possible or borderline child abuse by a parent isthe most difficult to understand how to treat, the first case of someone'sirresponsibly getting pregnant and wanting an abortion is difficult todecide what is right to do, and how right it is to consider her feelingsor whether she has forfeited any right to have her feelings considered.I understand making mistakes of judgment and I understand lack of awarenessor lack of knowledge -- that is not necessarily irresponsible, or at least not necessarily culpably irresponsible behavior -- but I donot understand totally uncaring, irresponsible behavior and I am not sympatheticto people who behave that way. I personally think such behavior, if itexists, causes the guilty person to forfeit rights related to his/her irresponsiblebehavior -- in this case forfeits the right not to be made a good Samaritanto (i.e., the right not to be specially obligated to) the fetus, but beingmade instead to nurture and care for it till term. But I may be overlystrict or judgmental due to lack of understanding. I am willing to entertainarguments as to why selfish, irresponsible people do not incur specialobligations toward their victims or for the consequences of their irresponsibleactions. I am willing to entertain arguments as to why the innocent victimof irresponsible behavior and others should be made to bear the burdenof that behavior in order to bail out the perpetrator from accepting theconsequences of it. They just need to be good arguments.


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