Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973, and the pro-life/pro-choice battle is still alive and hopping. Those favoring legalized abortion are especially concerned with the well-being of women facing difficult pregnancies. They wish to give women options. People on the pro-life side sustain that if a fetus is her own person, and not just a lifeless extension of her mom’s body, then she has a right not to be killed. Pro-lifers believe that all people have inherent value and a right to live regardless of disabilities, gender, or race. They sustain that protecting the life of all people is a top priority.
During President Barack Obama’s first campaign, he stood in support of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, and said that if his daughters should “make a mistake” and get pregnant, he would not want them to be “punished with a baby.” He was expressing a common sentiment on the pro-choice side: that it is not easy to be faced with an unexpected pregnancy.
This mindset is shared by many pro-choicers. They think abortion should be legal because women might not be able to take financial care of their children, because they won’t be emotionally ready for parenthood, or because women apparently have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies.
These are all legitimate justifications for abortion – if the pre-born are not human beings. The pro-life case is a logical syllogism: if it is immoral to kill innocent human beings and abortion kills innocent human beings, then it follows that abortion is immoral. This society has agreed that killing human beings is immoral, and abortion does just that. At fertilization a baby has 46 chromosomes, metabolism, growth, cell reproduction, reaction to stimuli, and a human DNA code- these all are evidence of life. If there is any confusion about whether it is human, the Law of Biogenesis clears that up right away. This law states that all creatures reproduce after their own kind, so if the mother is a dog, what she will have is dogs. If she’s a human, she’s pregnant with a human.
Abortions cannot be performed before five weeks of pregnancy, yet the human heart begins beating at three weeks; therefore, all abortions stop a beating heart. This means that the justifications pro-choicers make for abortion are morally insufficient. If it is wrong to end the life of a toddler because his mother can’t afford him, then it is wrong to end the life of a baby in the womb because his mother can’t afford him. Proponents of abortion must prove either that it is morally acceptable to kill innocent human beings, as abortion does, or that the pre-born are not human beings. This is impossible to prove because it simply is not true.
Hillary Clinton, a proponent of legalized abortion, has said, “I believe abortion should be kept safe, legal, and rare.” While abortion is legal, it is not rare. There are 3,300 legal abortions a day in the U.S. alone, of which less than 1% are from victims of rape. That means that every 26 seconds, somebody dies of abortion.
Since 1973, abortion has been legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy and has caused the deaths of over 48 million pre-born children. Abortion is not rare now that it is legalized – it is rampant. Neither can abortion be safe, because abortion always ends the life of an innocent human being (and very often harms the mother as well).
Abortion is complicated practically, physically, and emotionally, but it is not complicated morally. Pro-choicers have an especially acute sensitivity to the emotional complications of women contemplating abortion, which is admirable and understandable; however, abortion is the greatest legal trespass of human rights in our country because it denies people the most important entitlement of all: the right to life, without which we cannot have liberty, the pursuit of happiness, or even the ability to make choices over our own bodies. For what choices do we have if we are dead?