So Ireland is having a referendum on abortion in May. I have mixed feelings about abortion, so thought I would raise the issue here. I find pro-life arguments frustrating. They tend to centre around the completely arbitrary notion that life is created at conception. I also find pro-choice arguments frustrating. They tend to overly focus on the mother, who is of course important. But if you accept the premise that the foetus is alive, you are advocating killing a baby to protect the mother's rights. I'm Not saying pro-choice choice people are advocating this, just that the focus should more obviously be on when is a baby alive. So what do I think? I think a baby is quite obviously alive by the end of a pregnancy. I also think it is quite obviously (to me) not alive at the very beginning of a pregnancy. But there's a grey area in the middle. So, I guess, I am pro-choice at the beginning of a pregnancy. But I would be deeply uncomfortable with any encroachment into that grey area. What are your thoughts? NOTE: While I absolutely respect your views, I'm not hugely interested in religious opposition to abortion. As a non-religious person, I would only really expect to be persuaded by secular POVs.