American Thinker: A prominent feature of the abortion debate has become the point at which the abortion procedure should be allowed to occur. The current governor of Virginia apparently is comfortable with some time prior to preschool. Most engaging in this tug of war generally fight over the first or second trimester, while some contend that the moment of conception initiates a human life and intentional termination is in fact murder.
Many have used the stage at which a baby can survive outside the mother’s womb as a practical dividing line. However, the advance of medical science has gradually pushed the survival rates for premature births higher and higher. In addition, abortion proponents argue that mere survival is too crude a metric. A tragic percentage of premature babies face serious chronic health problems, which will make their lives difficult and possibly short. These quality of life issues muddy the waters of what is already a painful debate.
Such is the state of the question today, but that will change. Science marches on. At some point in the future, perhaps not as far away as we might expect, it will be possible for a fetus to survive outside the mother’s womb and be born as a healthy, normal child, perhaps from the moment of conception. In short, the topic at hand is an artificial womb.
This sounds like science fiction. At present, it is. But space travel, microcomputers, atomic energy, and even airplanes were all science fiction, too, until they weren’t. Have no doubt that a practical artificial womb is coming, sooner or later. When this will happen, I can’t say. Nonetheless, we can ponder the effect it may have before this technology becomes reality. read more