OK, some simple facts (plural) on abortion. This is long, so here is an outline.
2 Facts about fetuses
3 Answer to some misleading rhetoric
4 How they're actually done
5 The real reasons for its continued legality
6 Answer to the actual question for this topic
7 Answers to those on the Christian Right who would misuse everything said above
1 Disclaimer: I am actually NOT a Christian or a Evolutionist, but a Deist. After seeing Zeitgeist, who can seriously remain a Christian? But also, never having seen living things arise from nonliving matter, there's no reason to have faith in Evolution (and yes, if it requires belief in things you've never seen happen, it's faith)
2 Facts about fetuses
A fetus is made up of cells (also plural lol)
Do y'all know of anything else that is made up of cells that isn't living?
3 Answers to some misleading rhetoric
Women absolutely have the right to control their own bodies (that's why there's contraception), but not anyone else's; this fetus has its own heart, brain and DNA pattern.
A fetus isn't property, that it can be disposed of if inconvenient.
There are no immaculate conceptions, and these "unwanted pregnancies" are the usually the result of alcohol (and forgetting contraception while under the influence.)
4 But in all abortion debates, who tells you what it is, how they're performed? Here's two types.
*Dialation and Evacuation: typically done in the second trimester (which is defined as Week 13 to Week 27, according to the Mayo Clinic website.) Because the fetus now has calcified (hardened) bones, it becomes necessary to use more forceful methods. In a Dialation and Evacuation, the abortionist insters forceps through the cervix, into the uterus. The abortionist then uses the forceps to twist and then snap off the limbs, then to extract the limbs and skull from the woman, piece by piece.
*Dialation and Extraction: sometimes called partial-birth abortion by detractors. Formerly used between 20 weeks and birth. The abortionist pulls the baby's leg, dragging most of his body out of birth canal--though excluding the head. Head outside=born, according to the law. The back of the baby's skull is penetrated by closed scissors. The scissors are then opened to widen the hole. A suction catheter then sucks out the brains.
Nervous system develops around 20-24 weeks (Christian groups say 4 weeks; isolated nerve cells start appearing at 4 weeks, but the fetus most likely doesn't feel anything until week 20.)
In any case, not pretty.
5 The real reasons for its continued legality: Population control, long an exercise of the rich, as well as corporate profits, drive this.
Population control: In ancient Sparta, the ephors would every year proclaim a (basically) "helot hunting season." The ancient Spartans were outnumbered 8 to 1 by the helots and lived in constant fear of rebellion. In the medieval ages, serfs required the Lord's permission to marry and there was a death penalty for adultery, keeping the serfs in line. Early 1800s English factory owners, inspired by Malthus, strove to make the factories unsafe to maim or kill the poor people working in them, as well as striving to repeal the Poor Laws. (Remember in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge refuses to sell his grain to the charity, to "decrease the surplus population?" Charles Dickens' just put in Scrooge's mouth what the kinds of things factory owners of the time were saying.) Today, the Rockefeller-owned Chase Bank gives a great deal of money to the Planned Parenthood Corporation (which gets by report $300 million in federal subsidies). The Rockefellers and other superwealthy old money families have repeatedly complained that the world is overpopulated and have spoken of the need to reduce the population (at least the "serf" population lol). And who gets the abortions? Not the Kennedys or the Gates or the Rockefellers or the Waltons, but the lower-income people. This whole thing, stealthily promoted as "womens' rights" of all things, is a way of waging the class war, for how can the poor outvote the monied interests or overwhelm the police if their numbers are kept low? As for profits, think of this: if the poor are struggling to feed their families, but the industrialists have to pay a livable wage, the cash is flowing OUT of the corporation they work for. If the poor can be persuaded that abortion is the way, than Planned Parenthood makes profits, bringing cash IN to them, and the corporation also avoids paying OUT. No wonder banks like Chase contribute.
It's population control and class warfare, as we can see, especially in promotion of it overseas; the third-world countries that the International Planned Parenthood Federation promotes its work in are known to be extremely male-dominated and abortions are almost as a ruler gender-selective. The idea that gender selective abortions are somehow advancing womens' rights overseas.
Just FYI, I've read some of the things the feminists have said and written, and this is seriously the only thing they're wrong about.
6 Depends whether you like one time butchery or repeated beatings better.
7 Answers to those on the Christian Right who would misuse everything said above: This may be the most important part.
The Christian Bible DOES NOT contain a pro-life God. When God tells the Israelites to kill every man, woman, and child in Canaan, this included unborn children. And coming from a God who punishes to the 3rd and 4th generation, this is not a surprise.
Exodus 22:21 speaks of punishing MONETARILY a man who causes an induced abortion by accidentally hitting a pregnant woman while fighting with another man. Not the death penalty--monetary penalty.
Church fathers and officials who made anti-abortion stands were overstepping their authority by inventing doctrine (which is quite common actually; like Pope Pious IX claiming Papal Infallibility in 1870.)
Quite simply, the Bible is not a pro-life book, or even a moral book. It is a relativistic book (teaching genocide is OK if you're a "chosen people"), that contradicts itself repeatedly (Proverbs 26:4, Proverbs 26:5, no dispute), and is not the inerrant word of God, but rather, it is a 3rd-rate hack-job that needs a proofreader.