Hm. I've changed my views on abortion. Well, it seems like it's just about time for the forum to come back to this flamew- er, debate. In the past, I have argued that it doesn't matter if a fetus is or isn't a human life, because it is parasitic in nature and therefore the host holds the right to get rid of it. I also went and said that even children are parasites in the figurative sense. While I still think that the parasite comparison holds true, I've come to realize some other important factors. Mainly, that a person chooses to be burdened by this parasite (bear with me on this, I do make exceptions). I'm not convinced that a fetus is a full human life, but I accept the possibility, and that's enough. So, my opinion now is that abortion should be only legal for the following circumstances: 1. That four-letter censored word having to do with forced sex. It still doesn't seem right to me that a life should be ended, but it also doesn't seem right that the woman, who wanted nothing to do with the situation, has been so burdened by it. So I think we should allow abortions for this case. However, if the woman chooses to have the abortion, and the criminal responsible for the whole thing has been captured, he should be charged with some low-degree murder. While he did not actively end the life, it was his choice upon forcing himself that necessitated the woman having to make a choice of her own. If she chooses to keep the child, then the criminal, if captured and put in jail, should be forced to work during his stay to raise money to provide for the child (we'll say 80% of his pay goes to child support, just to give him some minor incentive to work hard). 2. If it is almost certain that it will be stillborn for whatever reason. 3. If the woman develops a problem that endangers her own life. Why did I change my opinion on all other cases? It has to do with one word: responsibility. If you have sex, no matter what kind of protection you use (none of which are perfect), you ought to be responsible enough to be ready to accept the unexpected. Otherwise, keep it in the pants. It's not impossible. I've done it for 26 years straight, and I'm still here to talk about it. I said before that I am not convinced a fetus constitutes a legitimate human life, but I think it is possible. In this case, any non-zero odds are good enough. Ask yourself this: If I told you that you could push a button and get a million dollars, but there was a 10% chance that someone's baby would die as a result, would you push it?