Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you
It’s almost comical to hear pro-choice advocates try and explain how an unborn child is not a life at conception. Any doctor or human biologist will testify that it is not just a blob of tissue. An embryo, in its earliest form, leads to a human life. By the end of the third week, a fetus has a heartbeat.
When surgical abortions are conducted by the mid-first trimester, the baby has all its appendages. Regardless, 61.3 percent of abortions in America are conducted at this point in pregnancy, every year (741,730).
What’s more damning is the fact that most abortionists agree that life begins at conception. You can infer, then, that the vast majority of pro-choice advocates believe that a woman’s right to control what happens to her body takes precedence. As important as it is for a woman to control what happens to her own body, why is aborting a living human being not murder?
We have, collectively, loss our minds as a “civilized” country, when we refuse to cultivate, defend, and protect the integrity of the vulnerable, especially unborn children.
In 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade, 39 women died from illegal abortions. As tragic as that was, approximately 50 million unborn children have been legally slaughtered in America, since then. Abortion is in direct defiance of the commonly accepted idea of the sanctity of human life. It’s ironic how we choose to acknowledge or defy such virtues. We create laws to protect our citizens from intentional harm or taking a life, but abort a child, at will, at a rate of 3,315 a day.
Pro-life supporters are not clueless to the fact that some women are put in very precarious and awful situations – protecting a mother’s life, incest and rape. However, if we lose an arm or one of our senses, we endure and adapt. Life goes on. Yet, when it’s convenient, we choose to end a child’s life, even though adoption is a viable alternative. This is a go-to talking point for most abortionists, but the fact is less than one percent of all abortions in this country were a remedy for such cases – protection of the mother’s life, .2 percent; rape, .3 percent; and incest, .03 percent. To choose not to abort is easier said than done, especially coming from a man, I know. But it’s polar to a mother’s nurturing instinct. Unfortunately, the decision not to abort often transcends our human capabilities, but it’s one of extreme moral courage.
The vast majority of the 1.21 million abortions conducted every year in this country were as a result of an unwanted pregnancy. Many abortions are also conducted by “mature” multiple abortionist – 32.6 percent are 20-24 years old and over 45 percent are 25-39 years old. Surprisingly, 23 percent of all pregnancies in America end in abortion. With over 1.5 million American families willing to adopt, every year, there should be no such thing as an unwanted child. Even more, to carry a child to term, instead of aborting, would relieve most young women of a life of intense psychological pain and stress. At the time of their abortion procedure, 57 percent of women claim to be “emotionally or financially incapable” of carrying a baby to term. Ironically, abortion only adds to the emotional turmoil.
I would offer, that under any circumstance, it is not the child’s fault. Abortion, for whatever reason, is punishing the unborn, nor is abortion a form of birth control.
The point at which we should grant the rights of personhood to a human is at conception. However, our largely secular society has deemed abortion legal. Regardless, this does not make it “good.” I would argue that it has led to a very intense coarsening of our moral sensibilities. We have loss our moral “compass” in determining the value of a human life. We rail against wars, abroad, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and the like, but we embrace the most inhumane loss of life this world has ever known. Before we slip further in to the abyss, we must respect all human life and protect the unborn, especially. Every procured abortion is a moral evil and is gravely contrary to the moral law, especially in a society, like America, that proclaims that the inalienable right to life and pursuit of happiness is a constitutive element of civility.
We are hypocrites in the worst order, otherwise.