April 16, 2007

Body Worlds 2

So, I went and saw Body Worlds 2 at the Museum of Science and Industry this weekend. Very cool stuff. Along with the muscular skinless, they also showed plastinates (real, preserved human specimens) of the fetus at different stages as well throughout the first 8 weeks of its life. By week 8, as small as it was, it looked like a real person. You could make out all the features, including fingers and toes, etc. My first reaction was, "If people knew that a fetus looked like this at 8 weeks, then there probably wouldn't be a green light on abortion through the 13th week (1st trimester)."

But, then I realized that I don't really know if that's the reason why abortion is legal through the 1st trimester. Is it if she's not showing, it's not real? Is it a safer procedure for the mother? What was the thought behind this legislation? Anyone?


Arcane Rest said...

i believe it has to do with the effectiveness of medications in the first trimester to cause an abortion. during this time a pill or pills can be taken to abort a pregnancy...after this point the pills do not work as well and a surgical abortion must be performed.

i think that is the thinking

Eric Olsen said...

well, that makes sense. So, it's not like "it's not really a person until the 13th week" or anything like that?

Arcane Rest said...

i have no idea

i think we need a pro-choice person to speak on this one

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think we need a Supreme Court justice who was around at the time to explain it. The trimester thing seems awfully arbitrary for a Constitutional issue. Another reason why even if I were pro-choice I'd be against Roe. It is kind of a mess of a ruling.

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