I'm going to try and answer this. I will say, I'm pro-life, however, I will try and remain impartial and use facts.
Yes. A fetus is a human. How can I say this. Well, the fetus linearly develops into a baby, who grows into an adult. There's no breaks, major changes, or anything that could subdivided it into a separate category. It's the same thing as a infant and toddler, just inside of the mother. It the same thing as a baby need its mother to feed. Just because it's reliant on another human, doesn't make in not one. It simply means, that it's still adapting and growing to it's environment. Do you expect a baby to get a job, cook it's own food, and sustain itself? No, it is just a baby, whom isn't completely ready for this world. A fetus is no exception, it's not ready yet, but it's getting there.
No. The fetus doesn't conform to any ideas that we currently recognise to classify something as "human". Let's think of it using the GSC score firstly. It's a scoring system using to identify the state of comatose patients, and determine how "alive" they are. A fetus, since it doesn't have nearly any mental capacity, would score a straight 0. So, that should state that it isn't alive.
Let's now using a test similar to the Turing Test. A test used to determine if a robot could "think". There's a few major criteria for it. Can it act on it's own will, can it preform tasks that are not determined by external stimulus, can it adapt to it's conditions, can it act on it's own accord ( not be told what to do ). Well, a fetus can't act on ti's own will, it can't preform tasks of any sort, it CAN adapt, but it can't act on its own accord. By this reasoning, a fetus isn't human.
This debate has many factors to it. I'm going to state my opinion on this, but please, I don't want any flame wars, or useless posts of only profanity and insults. This is my opinion, which I'm entitled to. I haven't put down, nor said anything against, anybody else's opinion, so please do the same: I feel, that an abortion should only be allow if it put's the mother at serious medical risk. Otherwise, I feel, that the mother had already agreed to a baby, by choosing to participate in sex.
It's a very complicated subject, because where does and doesn't life begin. I understand taking our time to try and carefully understand this, because is masterbating the same thing as an abortion? What about ovulation? It's a very complicated and grey area.
HOWEVER, the only thing I will say, is we need to come to a conclusion, and get rid of these double standards. If I were to kill a pregnant woman, it's double murder. But she can commit an abortion like nothing. How does that make sense? If a fetus is not a person, then the most I should be charged for is the same for stealing/damaging property, like a car, vase, etc.
Thank you, and again, please be respectful and civilised. I tried my best to remain as civilised, and impartial ( except for the last 3 paragraphs were I stated my opinion ). I tried to remain respectful to everyone's opinions, so I ask you to do the same. Thank you, bye.