But, having said all that, I think it should be legal. ... many of the people that seek it are powerless people who aren't the sole architects of their position in life. I also think it should be legal because I find the arguments on both sides to be muddled and inconclusive, and until that is not the case, rights should not be abridged.
However, I find some of the arguments in favor of legal abortion to be unconvincing, primarily the "my body my choice" argument. That argument works for many topics, but not this one. Obviously this is reliant on one's position as to when life begins, but when you are pregnant, there are two bodies. It's not fair that only women bear children, but biology doesn't make political decisions and doesn't hew to legislation. It bothers me that one can ping-pong back and forth as to whether a fetus is a person depending on the topic at hand. Abortion is okay because a fetus is just a lump of cells, but smoking while pregnant isn't okay because you're harming the baby. Abortion is okay because a fetus is just a lump of cells, but if you kill a pregnant woman, you are charged with two murders. I understand that the counter to this is "those babies were wanted". However, you can't determine whether a fetus is a person based on how much that fetus is loved
. It either is or is not a biological person. If it is, then you must protect it. And if it is not, then you cannot force people to recognize it. This, to me, is the crux of the debate, and why this is such a fucked topic whenever it's brought up.
So I guess I'm a self-loathing pro-choicer. Ugh.