- A woman deserves a right over her body, and the repercussions of an unwanted pregnancy are a lot more than one can imagine.
- Further, it has been proven that the fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. As it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.
- Abortion is a safe medical procedure. The vast majority of women - 88% - who have an abortion do so in their first trimester. Medical abortions have less than 0.5% risk of serious complications and do not affect a woman's health or future ability to become pregnant or give birth.
- A person whose brain stops functioning is declared dead/lifeless. The brain structures and nerve-cell connections that characterize the thinking and feeling parts of the brain are not completed until between the 7th and 8th months of gestation. Only after 30 weeks to the brain waves show patterns of waking consciousness when pain can be perceived. The reflex actions that are present before this stage do not indicate ability to feel pain. Abortions virtually never occur after 24 weeks.
Basically, the pro-life argument that says that abortion equals killing is flawed as a fetus is not a life form till about 6 months into pregnancy, whereas most abortions happen in the first trimester.
Banning abortions only encourages illegal abortions, which are risky for the mother's life.