Although it is something about which I have very strong beliefs, abortion is a topic that I almost never discuss with others. It is an issue too charged with emotion, and an issue about which one is rarely open to changing her opinion. However, I think the recent document from the Health and Human Services Department, which redefines abortion, has broader implications, so I will dabble. What it seems to be doing is attempting to allow more freedom to those conscientious objectors:
Now, personally, I am not a huge fan of the government funding health care to begin with, but in some sense this can be seen as more privatization: letting the health care suppliers meet the demands of their customers as they see fit, with out coercion. In addition, the document goes on to redefine abortion:
This definition not only expands that which health care providers can now refuse to provide, but also suggests that the concept of “human life” is changing. This is exciting and scary to me (especially considering how in Spain the legal rights to “life” and “liberty” have just been extended to great apes). Our most basic “right”, it is generally thought, is the right to life, and from this all our understandings of right and wrong are extended. To reach a consensus on what human life is seems monumentally important, but also a near impossible task. From Laci Peterson to Terry Schiavo, we see cases over the definition of human life all the time. Will this always be an issue?