Monday, January 23, 2012

Choice, part two (What is a pregnancy?)

Before I even get started with a continuation of yesterday's blog post, I want to extend a thanks to J, the one and only person who responded to my question yesterday.  This blog got quite a bit of exposure yesterday (more hits than any other post, so far), and yet, only one person was brave enough to enter the conversation.  For that, I am very thankful.   Because of that, I will be directing most of my comments towards J, since she was the only one willing to come forward, but please feel free to jump in at any time.

Now, I know that J is an intelligent, compassionate mom.  This is one of those rare instances when I know the person in real life, and have spoken with them face-to-face.  So, I can assure everyone that I respect and appreciate her taking the time to answer the question.  I also know that, because of her compassion and care for those around her, we can enter into an adult conversation and leave any name-calling and emotions behind.  I ask that everyone does just that.  Thanks.

It took a bit of clarification to get a definition of the "choice" we are talking about with regards to abortion, but J gave a better answer than I was even hoping for, to be honest.  This is what we ended up with:

"Sorry my original answer wasn't clear enough- the choice to continue a pregnancy or end it. Pretty straightforward."

This answer was even better than I had hoped for - I really thought we were going to have to get through one more response (the definition of "abortion") to get to the point where we would use the word "pregnancy" in this discussion.

So now, I ask you:  we know what the words "continue" and the words "end" mean, right?  One means to allow the process to keep developing, and the other means to stop the process prematurely.  
But how do we define pregnancy?   Use scientific, medical words, if you'd like, or use common language.  I'm interested in hearing it all.

What is a pregnancy?


  1. I made a decision after my last post not to be involved in this dicussion anymore. I actually "hid" the blog so I would not be tempted to return to it. But I was contacted by a mutual friend and told I was addressed in this one and criticized for not answering these questons in the next one. I will not change your mind, you will not change mine, and all I'm getting is a lot of exposure to your pro-life followers as a person who believes in "killing children". Which makes me more than a little uncomfortable. So I would rather not be the focus of your blog. Thanks.

    1. I'm sorry you felt I criticized you in the next blog - that was never my intent. The comment pertained to the fact that no one - not you, but not one person - answered the question.

      I actually thank you for answering. I appreciate your honesty, and your willingness to enter into the conversation. I'm sorry that didn't come across.