Email L. Henry Platt, Jr.
In my Revised Constitution I allow that a fetus begins to accrue Civil rights when his mother can feel life within her womb (this is usually around 14 to 16 weeks or four months of gestation). I decided on that time in accordance with Buddhist teaching. Accordingly, any abortion before sixteen or seventeen weeks of gestation could not be denied to any woman whose doctor agrees to abort the pregnancy. This is also very practical under U. S. Law and medical technology limits. Any child surgically removed from his mother's womb after 30 weeks or seven months should be guaranteed by Law to be given proper care to protect and sustain his life.
As a matter of fact, I read this protection as part of our national identity - from the very first national document: The Declaration of Independence! Beginning in the second paragraph I read, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness ... " Moreover, beginning in the late twentieth century the government began to prosecute felons who killed a fetus by shooting his mother. If a felon can be punished for killing a fetus, then a doctor and a woman should not be permitted to kill a fetus of thirty weeks or more gestation with impunity just by calling it an abortion.
If any woman decides to have an abortion after 16 weeks of gestation, she may find legal procedures to provide for the live abortion of the fetus after 30 weeks or gestation. Legislation should be drafted and enacted to protect this fetus and to provide for his total separation from his incubator as soon as possible. The woman would have her abortion, and the child would have his life.
A model law might permit a woman to apply for an abortion permit after her initial open abortion period has expired. This permit would require a notarized declaration of desire for abortion. The mother would be required to carry the fetus until at least thirty weeks of gestation, but after two notarized abortion declarations anti-abortion individuals and other kind people could offer financial help for the mother.
After thirty weeks of gestation a pro forma abortion would take place except that the child would be saved alive, and the mother would never be permitted to see the infant or otherwise be any part of his life, For her the pregnancy ended in abortion!
No woman should be forced to have an abortion of her pregnancy by family members or the state for any reason except if the pregnant female is under eleven years of age.
© L. Henry Platt, Jr.