I was quite surprise to find that there are quite a number of vegans who are for abortion (pro-choice). It seems a little against my ethics, for I am most certainly pro-life.
Why? And here are some of my reasons...
1) Veganism to me is more than avoiding animal stuff - it is about reverence and respect for life. This is not restricted to animals. The animals want to live and be happy, so do we. The human babies too want to live and be happy just like us.
2) Stage of development and sentience of a human child is not crucial. Pro-lifers and Pro-choicers are always debating about the sentience of a human. Pro-lifers may say it's at conception, while pro-choicers may say at that point of time it is just a clump of cells and only after a certain stage does it have sentience. To me this is not the crucial issue. The crucial issue is that, every child, whether at a "clump of cells" stage up to "before birth", has the potential to be born and be a human being.
3) Rights of an unborn matters to me. Some people say they have no rights and the mother has the rights to decide whether to abort or keep the baby. Every unborn child has the right to grow and survive, and we shouldn't deprive them of the potential ability to do so. Every unborn child has the potential to contribute to veganism. I feel very much grateful that my mother kept me, and so I could hopefully contribute to veganism!
4) We are anti-veal and anti-dairy because we felt sorry for the mother cow and baby calf, but shouldn't we extend this to human beings? Human beings have done a lot of destruction to earth and animals, however, we cannot deprive their potential to be born just based on this. What if we are in their position? We wouldn't want someone else to deprive us of our rights to live as well.
5) Rights of the mother and freedom of choice is important. In unfortunate circumstances such as etopic pregnancy or the baby die in the womb, perhaps some people may opt for abortion, that I have no say. However, in normal cases, the mother and father have the right and choice in the first place not to conceive the baby - many methods including abstinence. Does this deprive them of their rights and choice? Some people say we have instincts and should follow them. What about a butcher or hunter with a killing instinct? Does this give them the right to kill animals? Or a rapist? Or a thief? Or a drug addict? Rights and choices have to be based on consequence. If the consequence may become detrimental to our well-being and others' well being, then the "right" and "choice" is no longer ours alone. We share the universe with everyone else, everyone else deserves their right and choice too. Don't want to abort? Don't get pregnant.
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