What both sides need to focus on is this simple fact: Abortion is unequivocally the termination of human life.
Regardless, all women must be allowed the freedom to carry out this difficult decision — no matter the circumstance — because the alternatives demand it. Further, women of means will always have access to this choice regardless of laws. You see, contrary to Meghan Daum's contention I, like most sentient people I know, am both pro-choice and anti-abortion; it is not an either-or proposition.
Only when both sides agree to this most basic fact will we be able to carry on the valuable discussion that might one day forge a path leading to fewer abortions, a result that I firmly believe we all want.
Frederic E. Bloomquist
I agree with Daum that the conditions of fertilization have nothing to do with whether or not abortion should be legal. What is still missing in the debate, however, is the level of development of the embryo or fetus. This can never leave us feeling morally settled, but it seems to me that there is a great difference between aborting a fertilized egg early on and aborting a five- or six-month developing baby.