Alot of people with a lot of power don’t see why women should have jurisdiction over their own bodies. That’s the anti-abortion argument in a nutshell, in that they claim a foetus, or even an embryo, or in some cases even a fertilised egg too small for the human eye to see, has rights that supersede those of the person inside whose body that egg, embryo or foetus might be.
And the thing is, it’s the argument in a nutshell. Even, everyone has already agreed that this is the point. At some point in that Sorites Problem the rights of the foetus do trump those of the host. That’s why full term abortion is not allowed. Or, in extreme jursidictions, why full term abortion of a non-disabled foetus is not allowed.
Good, so we all agree on the basic framework then. At some point between conception and birth – unless you’re Peter Singer – the rights of the foetus do trump those of the host. At some other point, well, maybe they do and maybe they don’t.
Cool so the whole abortion debate boils down to the one simple question to ask: When?