And the taxpayer price of supporting a child on welfare is far greater than that of a Medicaid abortion.
Motherhood is a powerful institution in American life, and both the "Pro-choice" (supporting a woman's right to choose) and the "Pro-life" (anti-abortion) forces see the other as attacking the foundations of the mother-infant bond.
Social analysis argues forcibly for the need for safe, legal and affordable abortions.
A person's rights protect him from future harassment, but to actually obtain those rights he must already be a member of the group providing him with those protections.
An Australian cannot lay claim to American rights until he is on American soil (or its equivalent).
Strictly speaking, then, society has no legal responsibility to the fetus, but rather to the mother.
This seems like a rather harsh position, but we can distinguish between the rights of the fetus and the action that a mother might feel morally compelled to take.Almost everyone could agree that you had the right to eject him.But suppose he told you that he could not live outside of your house; perhaps one of his enemies waits outside your door.Right-to-Lifers claim that because the fetus will develop into a human being, it demands the same paternalistic protection that is extended to animals, children and others subject to exploitation and maltreatment.The fetus must be accorded the same constitutional rights as its mother.The difficulty of course arises when it would be possible for you to support him and take care of him, but you would rather not.You might agree if the demand were only for an evening, but hesitate if it were for the rest of your life. You could claim a certain moral responsibility towards another human being.Moreover, he informs you that he needs food and clothing and someone to talk to--he needs your presence much of the day.He becomes more demanding: you must work less, earn less, give up jogging.Two arguments delineate the problems in giving the fetus these equivalent rights.The first looks at individual rights as the products of a social doctrine.