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Abortion

Life is the most important gift God gave us. Although an unwanted pregnancy may bring on stress and hardship, there is no reason a mother should take the life of a baby she has created. Not only are abortions medically unhealthy for women, it is the destroying and removing of a developing child.1) Many believe that a fetus is alive as the moment of contraception, by the time a women misses her period and may question if she is pregnant, the baby is alive with a beating heart. “Surgical abortions are usually not performed before seven weeks, or 49 days LMP. [4] By that time, the baby has identifiable arms and legs (day 45)[5] and displays measurable brain waves (about 40 days).[6] During the seventh through the tenth weeks, when the majority of abortions are performed,[7] fingers and genitals appear and the child’s face is recognizably human. [8]”2) Abortions are taking the life of a person who cannot stand up for their own rights.

Even though the 1973 Roe v Wade case made abortion legal in all 50 states, many of the arguments against abortion are still believed by prolife supporters today. Such as, “The Fourteenth Amendment says ‘No State shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’ If a fetus is a person from conception, then the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection of the laws. The life of the fetus must be considered as having equal weight with the life of the mother. Thus the state has a compelling interest in protecting the life of the fetus.”3) An unborn child cannot state whether or not they want to live, but as a living being, they have the right to life.

Many patients who get abortions, even by doctors, are ignorant about the surgery they are undertaking. The surgery can be very dangerous because even doctors are ignorant about the surgery and if not performed perfectly, the mother’s life can be threatened. The “vacuum” abortion technique sticks a tube into the womb and it dismembers the body of the developing child and it sucks everything out of the mother and into a bottle. During this procedure a women can get hemorrhaging which needs further surgery. If not all the tissue is removed from the mother than it can turn into an infection and further complications.4) There is no safe way of aborting a child and fully protecting the mother.

An abortion is not only physically damaging, but they are emotionally damaging too. Many women suffer from losing their child, even if they personally chose to do it. They killed something that was alive inside them and they still cannot forget about it to this day. An example of this is Kathy Barlett from Waco, TX, she got an abortion and two days later, when she was at her job, “I went to the restroom. It was then I found my baby on my sanitary pad. He had arms and legs with tiny hands and feet. I could make out his little nose and a dark spot that I know was his eye. Even after 10 years, it’s still hard for me to think about it.”5)

There are many alternatives to abortion that does not have to kill an innocent, helpless child. The Priests for Life website provides many options which can help with an unwanted pregnancy. There are option lines that can help with any questions expecting mothers have. The National Life Center has a hotline to direct mothers in need to the closest Crisis Pregnancy Center. The Bethany Christian Services is one of the nation’s leading providers of adoption. There are people all over the world who cannot have children and would die for a baby in their life. Why kill a living baby inside of you because you didn’t want it, when you could put it up for adoption and a loving family can take care of the precious life?6)

Our government is a strong supporter of personal rights, and some may think making abortions illegal is taking away a women’s personal right and going against the morals of our country. However, the White House is now looking at abortion in a new way. In the National Post, on November 10, 2009, there was an article which talked about Obama considering including abortion in his new universal health care plan. Conservative Democrats are demanding anti-abortion language in Obama’s new health plan. The article states, “The House bill would prohibit coverage of abortion services under a new government-run public insurance plan except in case of incest, rape or life-threatening situations. That language reflects existing U.S. health care law.7) “Right now 89% of private insurance will cover abortion. With this new health plan will “bars individuals from purchasing private insurance that covers abortion if they receive a government subsidy to make health coverage affordable.”8)

Bibliography

“Abortion: Some Medical Facts.” Abortion: Some Medical Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2013. <http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ASMF/asmf3.html>.

“Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court.” Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://www.landmarkcases.org/roe/arguments.html>.

“Abortion: Some Medical Facts.” Abortion: Some Medical Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. May 2013. <http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ASMF/asmf4.html>.

“AbortionFacts.com.” Abortion as Your Option. N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.abortionfacts.com/literature/literature_904AO.asp>.

“There Are Alternatives to Abortion!” Priests for Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 2013. <http://www.priestsforlife.org/crisis.html>.

2206977. N.p., n.d. Web 2013 <http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2206977>

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