I've been thinking a lot about my views on abortion recently. I personally find it repulsive (as in, when I watch abortion scenes in movies such as Cider House Rules, I get physically ill), and as a Christian, I do believe it is wrong. However, I would stop short of calling it murder or homicide, except perhaps in the case of 3rd trimester abortions, however often they may or may not occur. My biggest question was whether US law should necessarily mirror Christian doctrine. I started with the Ten Commandments, which are arguably the most famous Biblical mandates. Some thou-shalt-nots, such as murder and stealing, are law (albeit with caveats). Some, such as adultery, are generally considered to be morally wrong and a good way to end a career in politics, but are not illegal. Others, such as using God's name in vain, are so common I'd venture to guess that most Christians are numb to it or even disregard it entirely. Of course we're never ever going to have anti-adultery or anti-"Jesus-Christ-as-a-curse" laws (heck the latter isn't even a JC rule anymore), so what about abortion? It's not even a Biblical issue; it's more of a debate as to when life actually begins - one that could be made on purely philosophical and scientific grounds in the absence of religion. I'm still internally debating my beliefs on that one, but I don't think a ball of cells, and especially a single fertilized cell that isn't even attached to the uterus, should be considered a legit person with full legal rights. To summarize, I don't believe that Christian doctrine should dictate US laws. And as I've thought about abortion, I've realized that I am probably pro-choice, in that the law legalizing abortions exists, and is therefore a right in the United States. While I am personally against abortion, if a woman feels that is her only option, it's her decision to make and it's perfectly legal, and I'm okay with that. Now about Mississippi, I read in [link=http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/us/mississippi-personhood-amendment/index.html?hpt=hp_c2]this[/link] article: [blockquote]The idea for personhood was born during Roe v. Wade's oral arguments, when Justice Potter Stewart said, "If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person, you would have an impossible case here." Now, Personhood USA is trying to use the amendment to establish "personhood" as a direct challenge to the Roe v. Wade ruling.[/blockquote]And here's my biggest problem with the personhood law. AFAIK scientifically, philosophically and legally, it hasn't been established when the unborn are treated as a separate person. (Correct me if I'm wrong. I know nothing about how legal charges work when a pregnant woman is killed or somehow endangers herself and her unborn child.) Regardless, Personhood USA is a Christian ministry forcing the general populace* to comply with a very specific set of religious beliefs under the guise of the law. It's reprehensible. *I realize it will pass if a majority of citizens vote for it, but my point still stands.