Why Legal US Abortion is Vegan-Friendly (and Ethically Sound in General) Every Time

The reason that vegans stand against the killing of animals, from an ethical standpoint, is because of two things about animals: they are conscious and can feel pain. The word for consciously aware beings who are able to experience pain is sentience. We, along with nearly all other species, are sentient beings based on our abilities to consciously perceive our surroundings and experience physical pain (as well as a range of other senses).

The issue with abortion is that people don’t always agree on when a human becomes sentient. Until recently there wasn’t much interest in research on this matter, but now technological advances are giving birth to an in-depth understanding of how our biological structure is constructed, and we are for the first time answering our own questions.

This piece will review research discussing fetal development and when sentience begins to come about, based on incontestable biological studies from professional fields.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “The science shows that the fetus is not capable of feeling pain until the third trimester”. Also, Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine states that “The basic neuronal substrate required to transmit somatosensory information develops by mid-gestation (18 to 25 weeks), however, the functional capacity of the neural circuitry is limited by the immaturity of the system. Thus, 18 to 25 weeks is considered the earliest stage at which the lower boundary of sentience could be placed.”

Consciousness, according to Scientific American Mind, begins to be in place between the 24th and 28th week of gestation. This means the fetus is essentially in a form of sleep for most of the pregnancy, incapable of awareness or pain until late term, at which time abortion has been illegal for months.

Also, per the US CDC, 92% of abortions occur within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, which as we’ve established causes no pain to the unconscious fetus.

There you have it, pro-choice in the US is vegan and ethical because legal abortion does not kill sentient beings. An early term fetus is equally a potential life as an egg or sperm inside our bodies.

It is important to add that, despite our natural instincts, there is no inherent responsibility for people in any society to breed and continue growing the population. People in developed nations are giving birth at a much higher rate than people are dying off, meaning that overpopulation is steadily growing as an issue.

The solution to a future with a manageable and sustainable population is education. Informing as many people as possible ways to be responsible with their bodies and making everyone aware at a young age what resources are available (including but of course never limited to abstinence; sorry not sorry Catholics, this is a progressive time).

So many people are part of the generations stuck in the loop of having children without being able to support them or give them any kind of positive life, this is unacceptable. Forcing more lives into existence when so many children are already suffering in poverty is irresponsible, without reason, and inhumane.

Without the stigma and shame associated with abortion, and with more widespread public access to accurate information on safe, responsible sexual practices (as well as the unnecessarily taboo topic of vasectomies ad hysterectomies), the overwhelming amount of lives coming into existence would begin to be diffused, without a doubt. (Rates for abortions, hysterectomies, and vasectomies can absolutely be made affordable in the US if the government provided annual monetary incentives to hospitals and private medical practices who solely hired specialized doctors who perform them affordably.)

Abortion, as we’ve discussed, has been oppressed as a human right because limited research has existed to support it’s ethicality; The body of evidence that is currently being built, however, makes it overwhelmingly apparent that no conscious being is physically pained by legal US abortion.

Yes, some find it offensive, dark, or against their religious practices to support Pro-Choice; but none of this discredits the fact that Pro-Choice ideology is based on the proven fact that fetuses can not feel pain or experience consciousness until far after the term of pregnancy that abortion becomes illegal.
(Whether or not late or full-term pregnancy is ethical, however, is another topic entirely which I had no intentions of alluding to in this piece.)

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15 thoughts on “Why Legal US Abortion is Vegan-Friendly (and Ethically Sound in General) Every Time

  1. “no conscious being is physically pained by legal US abortion.”

    You seem to be linking abortions ethicality with whether or not the fetus is caused pain.

    That’s not the issue

    The issue is a matter of taking a life. Not causing pain.

    If you or I were in a coma would taking our lives become ethical?

    If someone could induce a painless death upon an innocent person would that no longer constitute murder?

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    1. The issue is with the lives of the pregnant. As I said, because a fetus is only a potential for life – not a life – abortion is not taking a life as you say so poetically, it is ending a woman’s early term reproduction, all of which she owns might I add.

      By your logic, a man masterbating in the shower is “murder”. It is a very kindergarten mindset inconsiderate of the lives of those who would be severely impacted by pro-life laws (including the lives of the unwanted & uncared for children).

      People who don’t want to continue their pregnancy who don’t have access to termination, just use coat hangers (they always have).

      Frankly, it is no more your business what a woman does with her four week old fetus than it is her business what your masterbation schedule is.

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      1. “Frankly, it is no more your business what a woman does with her four week old fetus than it is her business what your masterbation schedule is.”

        If I “self identify” as a female for the rest of this discussion, will it become my business? Ultimately, by that logic, me being a man, I couldn’t speak out in favor of abortion either. You wrote an article in favor of abortion, what makes it your business any more than mine? If it’s because I’m a man, that’s gender discrimination.

        “The issue is with the lives of the pregnant. As I said, because a fetus is only a potential for life – not a life”

        That’s not what you said though, the premise of your post was that because fetus are not sentient and cannot feel pain abortion is justifiable. You didn’t adress my questions, if you and I were in a coma, would taking our lives become ethical.

        And I’m not sure what you mean by a fetus “is not a life”…??? A fetus is alive….that’s why they have to abort it….

        “By your logic, a man masterbating in the shower is “murder”.”

        No, a sperm cell is not a unique genetically human entity. A sperm cell is the building block of life, not the finished product.

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    2. “If I “self identify” as a female for the rest of this discussion, will it become my business? Ultimately, by that logic, me being a man, I couldn’t speak out in favor of abortion either. You wrote an article in favor of abortion, what makes it your business any more than mine? If it’s because I’m a man, that’s gender discrimination.”

      Whether you’re a man or woman, what another woman does with her fetus is not your business; I should have said it this way before.
      Actually I really don’t consider being pro-choice to be “in favor of abortion”. Pro choice is not necessarily pro-abortion; it is in favor of women’s right to choose.

      “That’s not what you said though, the premise of your post was that because fetus are not sentient and cannot feel pain abortion is justifiable. You didn’t adress my questions, if you and I were in a coma, would taking our lives become ethical
      And I’m not sure what you mean by a fetus “is not a life”…??? A fetus is alive….that’s why they have to abort it….”

      How is a developed person in a coma comparable to a fetus? Obviously ending a life for no reason is unethical. An early term fetus is a part of the woman’s body which she can terminate without pain to anyone. The person in the coma owns their life. An early term fetus is owned by the woman sustaining it.
      A fetus is not a life because it is not developed into one. If someone died from a miscarriage before they were born, their life never started.
      How is preventing a future life unethical?

      “No, a sperm cell is not a unique genetically human entity. A sperm cell is the building block of life, not the finished product.”

      A fetus is not the finished product either. Particularly an early term one that can’t experience any feelings or consciousness at all. Sperm and fetus are both just potential for future life.

      I also want to add that most pro life people are just pro birth.. they couldn’t care less what happens after birth. It’s disgusting how many young women are guilted into giving birth.
      In the end I believe progressive thinking will always win over ignorance.

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      1. “I also want to add that most pro life people are just pro birth.. they couldn’t care less what happens after birth. It’s disgusting how many young women are guilted into giving birth.”

        But putting a vacuum inside a woman’s uterus and ripping her fetus out into small increments is not disgusting?? I want you to think about that for a minute.

        “A fetus is not a life because it is not developed into one.”

        Ultimately if I understand your reasoning properly, you’re saying ownership and the fact that the fetus is not fully developed is what makes abortion OK.

        The coma analogy could easily be made to fit abortion. Suppose the coma victim was a newborn, and it was up to the mother who “owns” the baby to choose whether or not to kill it. Suppose that she had the same reasons a mother who wants to abort has. She can’t afford to have kids/isn’t ready for kids etc. Whatever the reason.

        The baby cannot feel pain (coma)

        The mother owns the baby

        And a newborn is less developed than a full grown adult.

        Would “aborting” the baby be OK?

        I am certain you would say of course not.

        So why would abortion be any different? A 12 year old girl is not as developed as a 40 year old woman, is she less of a human life? Of course not.

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    3. “But putting a vacuum inside a woman’s uterus and ripping her fetus out into small increments is not disgusting?? I want you to think about that for a minute.”

      Taking a shit is disgusting, but it isn’t my business when someone else does it.

      “Ultimately if I understand your reasoning properly, you’re saying ownership and the fact that the fetus is not fully developed is what makes abortion OK.”

      Not entirely. Abortion is ethical during the early stage because the fetus is not hurt. I do not see anything unethical about prevention of future life.

      What is unethical is people guilting young girls into giving birth, on an overpopulated planet in which unwanted babies are NOT taken care of.

      “The coma analogy could easily be made to fit abortion. Suppose the coma victim was a newborn, and it was up to the mother who “owns” the baby to choose whether or not to kill it. Suppose that she had the same reasons a mother who wants to abort has. She can’t afford to have kids/isn’t ready for kids etc. Whatever the reason.
      The baby cannot feel pain (coma)
      The mother owns the baby
      And a newborn is less developed than a full grown adult.
      Would “aborting” the baby be OK?”

      In that scenario the baby is developed and born. Legal abortion occurs in the first weeks of pregnancy. Completely false analogy.

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      1. Did you even read my post?..

        Pain receptors exist at 18 weeks at the very earliest and consciousness at the very very earliest exists at 24 weeks (not my opinion, the statements of professionals).

        Legal abortion happens rarely after 13 weeks, and almost never more than 19 or 20 weeks.

        Should the law prohibit abortion after 18 weeks? I think a case could be made for that.

        But as of right now I can assure you that, despite how unpleasant aborted fetuses are to look at, measures are in place to prevent pain (though pain is rarely possible for a fetus during legal abortion, as has been proven by the professionals I cited).

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  2. Oh child, you will have to stand before God one day and he does not fall for all your intelligent logic. Abortion is wrong. It is the cessation of life that God intended. Reconsider your thinking.

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    1. I think it’s more than apparent that I do not believe in creationism/god.

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however I do suggest finding a less condescending approach if you want to get your message across successfully.

      If you’d like to have an intelligent adult conversation, I’m open to nothing less.

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      1. Amanda, I am not being condescending when I offer you the truth. Abortion is nothing less than murder of an innocent. When you label my remark condescending you are decrying yourself as a victim of it. To be take the road of a vegan and approve of abortion, in my opinion, is nothing less than someone taking the stance of what is popular in our culture at this time.

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      2. I reject creationism as truth.
        I’ve made it clear that abortion is ethical and vegan-friendly because no pain is caused to the unconscious fetus.

        Veganism is anything but popular. Though it is gaining traction across the world, it is a minority.

        I choose veganism because we have no dietary need to consume animals or their byproducts, so it only makes perfect sense to be vegan to avoid contributing to the pain suffering of conscious beings.

        Early term fetuses are not conscious or able to feel pain, as animals are.

        I choose pro-choice because unwanted babies and children suffer every single day in huge numbers, and there is no reason to force more lives onto an overpopulated planet. It is irresponsible.

        No pain or suffering occurs from abortion, but pain and suffering DO occur from meat & dairy consumption.

        If abortion is wrong solely based on YOUR religious beliefs, then I dont think you really have an argument as to why OTHERS shouldn’t have the right to choose.

        I think eating animal products is wrong, so I dont do it, but who am I to try to take away others rights? Same thing for abortion; if you think its wrong, then don’t do it! But to apply your spiritual faith to the people who don’t share it is nonsensical and discriminatory.

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