"I believe we are all born with certain "chips" in all of our hard drives. They are all the same in certain respects.Those "chips" give us all the ability to love, to derive pleasure from helping others, to feel empathy for people that are suffering, to desire love and appreciation, sex drive, and to feel joy at the simple sight of a baby...much less holding one! They are what makes us human.
I think we all have a "chip" that values all life. It is why we go to extreme lengths to rescue people after natural disasters (even hikers that wander in knowingly),... it is why people run into burning buildings and jump in life threateningly cold waters to save people. It is why hundreds of people volunteer to save a beached whale...or turn out to help baby sea turtles successfully make their way to the ocean after hatching. Or mourn over a euthanized race horse...despite doctors monumental efforts...All in the service of life.
You can tell if you have shorted this "chip" by the way you feel. We have all had that uncomfortable feeling after accidentally hitting a squirrel ...much less running over a dog or cat. It "goes against our grain"...or "chip". The recent Vick dog fighting episode makes smoke pour out of our "chip"!
It is also why the decision to "put down" a family pet is one of the most difficult we ever make. Yes the loss of a loved family member plays a big part but it is the realization that the decision to end a life rest solely with us. That my friend is a serious weight ...thanks to our "chip".
I do not think anybody truly believes that a baby is not a baby (any kind of baby) the second cells start to multiply...now that we have pictures it is even harder to argue...but they do. The reason they argue so vigorously is it takes a lot of work to override that "chip" and live with yourself. "Reproductive Rights"..."Pro Choice"..."not viable outside the womb" is all an effort to convince you and much more importantly ...themselves... that it is OK...which they know...'cuz of that "chip"...it is not.
Abortion is a convenience and a damn important one to lots of people...raising babies isn't easy and to make it go away in a matter of minutes is very, very convenient. But...but, because it shorts the "chip" those in favor have to convince themselves and you over and over and over again of many things...but most importantly...it is not a life...which their chip tells them is not true. Their "chip" tells them it is a life...and now the pictures show it."