ABORTION: Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life
Abortion is greatly affected by culture, laws and even ‘survival of the fittest’ in so much as the unborn has no strength to defend itself. The purpose of this article is to present both sides of the Abortion debate (Case for both sides below). Before being, two quotes; first from ‘pro-choice’ activist Naomi Wolf from an 10-16-1995 article in The New Republic entitled ‘Our Bodies, Our Souls: Rethinking Pro-Choice Rhetoric.’
Wolf says, “It was when I was four months pregnant, sick as a dog, and in the middle of an argument, that I realized I could no longer tolerate the fetus-is-nothing paradigm of the pro-choice movement. I was being interrogated by a conservative, and the subject of abortion rights came up. “You’re four months pregnant,” he said. “Are you going to tell me that’s not a baby you’re carrying?” The accepted pro-choice response at such a moment in the conversation is to evade: to move as swiftly as possible to a discussion of “privacy” and “difficult personal decisions” and “choice.” Had I not been so nauseated and so cranky and so weighed down with the physical gravity of what was going on inside me, I might not have told what is the truth for me. “Of course it’s a baby,” I snapped. And went rashly on: “And if I found myself in circumstances in which I had to make the terrible decision to end this life, then that would be between myself and God.”
Writer, teacher, Chicago underground abortion performer Judith Arcana stated in a 1999 Seminar, “I performed abortions, I have had an abortion and I am in favor of women having abortions when we choose to do so. But we should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended. We ought not to pretend this is not happening.”
RE: The Thing
The point here is let us deal in truths as we proceed, regardless of your religion or lack of religion; or your morals, beliefs and financial status; after a female ovulates and has unblocked intercourse in which the sperm penetrates; then the egg can become fertilized within a day and as it divides into multiple cells it travels down the Fallopian tube enters the uterus and embeds into the lining. The egg becomes a blastocyst and already begins to affect the mother or host – telling her body to stop releasing eggs. At less than a month old the ball of cells has become an embryo. This occurs about the time of what would be the female’s next period. It is possible at this time to get a positive home pregnancy test result. At about 5 weeks a head is forming and the fetus has a beating heart. At 7 weeks hands and feet are emerging; and before 2 months old it has eyes, ears forming, lungs and moves voluntary. Between the 6th week and 12th week it is common for the mother to have ‘morning sickness.’
By 9 weeks old the embryonic tail is gone and at 10 weeks all the digits of its hands and feet are clearly separate and seen. Before the mother feels the baby kicking, its blood is circulating throughout all its limbs. By week 13, the last week of the first trimester, the baby has fingerprints and organs. After this point in time, nature’s way of miscarriages is much less likely. At 15 weeks the ultrasound will likely reveal the baby’s sex. By the 17th week its cartilage skeleton has harden into bones; and at week 19 the baby may be able to hear your voice. It can also taste, touch, see and smell. And by week 20 the baby can swallow, digest and poop. In 2010, in Germany, baby Frieda was born at less than 22 weeks surviving at 1lb and 11 inches; she was released to go home at 7lb 11oz and about 20 inches; she shared the world record for most premature baby with baby James who was born 128 days early in Canada in 1987.
Typically, most doctors define the age of viability as being about 24 weeks or about 5½ months. Nevertheless, the baby would generally require intervention, including ventilation and intensive care. All humans born require intervention in the form of a food source, shelter and care.
Legal Changes in Culture
Note: Pre-1960s society agreed that reading a bible and praying in public schools was constitutionally legal, and having an abortion was illegal – subject to penalties imposed on such as manslaughter – years in jail. Additionally, the person performing the abortion was often subject to imprisonment. Part of the decision in society is do we want a criminal penalty attached to the act. For examples, in the case of male homosexual anal sex the nations and states after hundreds of years moved away from making the act a criminal one to the point of legalizing gay marriage. In the case of marijuana, states are debating whether the use or selling of the drug should be or remain illegal.
In the case of intentionally killing or unintentionally killing an unborn child in the mother’s womb due to gross negligence, all states allow tort or wrongful death lawsuits and at least 37 states have homicide statutes. Also, the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2004) covers unborn victims of federal and military crimes. And thus, a state may say (actual state laws): “an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability” as a “person” and “human being” for purposes of the state laws dealing with murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault.” Or an “unborn child,” meaning “a living individual organism of the species homo sapiens, in utero, at any stage of gestation from fertilization to birth,” is defined as a “person” and a “human being” for the purposes of the (state) statutes against first degree murder, second degree murder, capital murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and numerous battery offenses. Or “Until August, 2013, “unborn child” was defined as a fetus of 12 weeks or older, but Act 1032 of the 2013 Regular Session (SB 417) changed the definition to “offspring of human beings from conception until birth.”
ROE v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (Argued 1971; Decided 1973)
“State criminal abortion laws, like those involved here, that except from criminality only a life-saving procedure on the mother’s behalf without regard to the stage of her pregnancy and other interests involved violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which protects against state action the right to privacy, including a woman’s qualified right to terminate her pregnancy. Though the State cannot override that right, it has legitimate interests in protecting both the pregnant woman’s health and the potentiality of human life, each of which interests grows and reaches a “compelling” point at various stages of the woman’s approach to term. For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and its effectuation must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician. For the stage subsequent to approximately the end of the first trimester, the State, in promoting its interest in the health of the mother, may, if it chooses, regulate the abortion procedure in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health. For the stage subsequent to viability the State, in promoting its interest in the potentiality of human life, may, if it chooses, regulate, and even proscribe, abortion except where necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.”
Understand: the decision in this case and the opinions of the Court were hundreds of pages and thus neither side can fairly make single sentence or single paragraph statements which render the thought process of the Supreme Court Justices. Additionally, the following arguments cannot possibly display the emotions, facts and ideas of each side in such a short span of pages.
30 Pro-Choice Arguments
(Pro-life arguments in section below; the following 30 are not the belief of TheTruthSource, only offered as strongest pro-choice arguments.)
- Justice Stewart (Roe v. Wade): “The Constitution nowhere mentions a specific right of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life, but the “liberty” protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment covers more than those freedoms explicitly named in the Bill of Rights.” Thus, the Constitution protects certain unmentioned rights and gives citizens the right to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion.
- Do we want to imprison women for abortions? According to a Nov. 2012 CDC article, Abortion Surveillance, “a total of 784,507 abortions were reported to CDC for 2009… in 2008, 12 women were reported to have died as a result of complications… no women died as a result of a known illegal abortion… according to the most recent national estimates, 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion. Removing cost as one barrier to the use of the most effective contraceptive methods might therefore be an important way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and consequently the number of abortions that are performed in the United States.” Thus, about 1 in 5 pregnant women could be subject to criminal penalties and jail.
- Laws against abortion do not stop abortion; yet they do usually make the procedure less safe. Due to ‘back alley’ abortions and in home abortions or self-attempted abortions tens and maybe hundreds of women die each year. According to aort73.com an estimated 954,000 abortions took place in 2014 and 983,000 in 2013 and 1.02 million in 2012. They estimate (AGI; Alan Guttmacher Institute) that 21% of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. From 1973-2010, 421 women have died as a result of legal abortion (in the US; CDC). According to the World Health Organization (WHO.int), “6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year… 47,000 women die from complications of unsafe abortion each year… 13% of all maternal deaths.” The U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported 39 women who died from illegal abortions in 1972. So as many as 400 women could have died from illegal abortions in the last decade if they were not done by physicians in a proper clinic.
- Should unmarried women be forced to have their babies? About 85% of all abortions are by unmarried women (source: CDC). And especially in the cases of unmarried naïve teenagers, should the rest of their lives be affected by a single event.
- Most abortions occur before the fetus reaches 12 weeks old. The AGI and CDC reported in 2012 that about 90% of all abortions occur during the first trimester; and the CDC reported about 75% happened before 10 weeks. Abortions virtually never occur after 24 weeks.
- Religion should have no part in determining the law. We have the freedom to choose a religion, as well as the freedom not to choose a religion. A significant portion, perhaps 1/3 of the United States, either is non-religious, or is atheist or agnostic. When personhood begins is too influenced by religion.
- Women who are raped or victims of incest should not be forced to carry not a pregnancy. The mental toll or possible physical defects should out weight the abortion of a fetus. An estimated 9000 rape victims become pregnant each year (FBI 1973); 100,000 cases of incest occur yearly (National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, 1978).
- The life of a mother, especially in the case of young teen pregnancies should out weight the abortion of a fetus.
- Doctors should be allowed to make medical recommendations and perform surgeries without government intervention. Polls showed that the vast majority of society favors that abortion should be a decision between the woman and her doctor.
- A fetus is totally dependent on the body of the mother for its life support and is physically attached to her by the placenta and umbilicus. A fetus does not have a soul. St. Augustine distinguished between a Fetus with a soul and one without. Many Jews do not recognize life until birth. Exo. 21:22 Many Protestants concur.
- A woman should have rights over what happens inside her body, including reproductive freedom. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”
- If not aborted, many of these babies would be unwanted and abused, neglected or even killed by unloving or ignorant parents.
- The emotional depression and burdens of having the baby in most abortion cases, far out weight the potential post-partum depression and ‘guilt’ that may follow. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stated that unintended pregnancies are associated with birth defects, low birth weight, maternal depression, increased risk of child abuse, lower educational attainment, delayed entry into prenatal care, a high risk of physical violence during pregnancy, and reduced rates of breastfeeding. And 49% of all pregnancies among American women are unintended.
- The CDC and most recent studies have concluded that today’s abortion procedures will not adversely affect a woman’s future reproduction.
- Women deserve their earned Civil Rights and as CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, JD has stated, Roe v. Wade was “a landmark of what is, in the truest sense, women’s liberation (The People’s Choice,’ Newyorker.com 1/28/13).”
- Women have the right to enjoy their life. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissenting opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) that undue restrictions on abortion infringe upon “a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.”
- Congress set up the Medicaid program to equalize medical services between the rich and poor. To deny poor women abortion services while paying for childbirth is unfair. A University of California at San Francisco study found that women who were turned away from abortion clinics (because they had passed the gestational limit imposed by the clinic) were three times more likely to be below the poverty level two years later than women who were able to obtain abortions. 76% of the “turnaways” ended up on unemployment benefits, compared with 44% of the women who had abortions.
- Abortions save some women from abuse relationships. The same Uni. of Cal. study found that women unable to obtain abortions were more likely to stay in a relationship with an abusive partner than women who had an abortion, and were more than twice as likely to become victims of domestic violence.
- Abortion is one way to allow individuals to limit their childbearing voluntarily when a country’s resources cannot support its population. Legal abortion helps parents limit their families to the number of children they want and can afford, both financially and emotionally.
- Anti-abortion laws create new families consisting of a child and her child, living at the lowest levels of society. Pro-choice is definitely pro-family.
- Studies by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC), and researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health all concluded that purported links between abortion and mental health problems are unfounded.
- Embryos and fetuses are humans and not independent, self-determining beings, and abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby. A person’s age is calculated from birth date, not conception, and fetuses are not counted in the US Census. The majority opinion in Roe v. Wade states that “the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment does not include the unborn. Justice Blackmun stated in Roe, “Early philosophers believed that the embryo or fetus did not become formed and begin to live until at least 40 days after conception for a male and 80 to 90 days for a female. See, for example, Aristotle, Hist.Anim. 7.3.583b; Gen.Anim. 2.3.736, 2.5.741; Hippocrates, Lib. de Nat.Puer., No. 10. Aristotle’s thinking derived from his three-stage theory of life: vegetable, animal, rational. The vegetable stage was reached at conception, the animal at “animation,” and the rational soon after live birth. This theory, together with the 40/80 day view, came to be accepted by early Christian thinkers. The theological debate was reflected in the writings of St. Augustine, who made a distinction between embryo inanimatus, not yet endowed with a soul, and embryo animatus. He may have drawn upon Exodus 21:22. At one point, however, he expressed the view that human powers cannot determine the point during fetal development at which the critical change occurs. See Augustine, De Origine Animae 4.4 (Pub.Law 44.527).”
- The fetus is not in pain. According to a 2010 review by Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, “most neuroscientists believe that the cortex is necessary for pain perception.” The cortex does not become functional until at least the 26th week of a fetus’ development, long after most abortions are performed. This finding was endorsed in 2012 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which stated that that there is “no legitimate scientific information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain.”
- A significant percentage of unwanted non aborted babies cost taxpayers a lot of money. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan federal agency, evaluated a proposed anti-abortion bill that would ban all abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and found that the resulting additional births would increase the federal deficit by $225 million over nine years, due to the increased need for Medicaid coverage. Also, since many women seeking late-term abortions are economically disadvantaged, their children are likely to require welfare assistance; SSI; food vouchers and mother – Section 8 housing.
- A significant percentage of unwanted non aborted babies grow up and become criminals. According to a study co-written by Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, PhD, and published in the peer-reviewed Quarterly Journal of Economics, “legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions.” Around 18 years after abortion was legalized, crime rates began to drop abruptly, and crime rates dropped earlier in states that allowed abortion earlier. Because “women who have abortions are those most at risk to give birth to children who would engage in criminal activity,” and women who had control over the timing of childbearing were more likely to raise children in optimal environments; thus, crime is reduced when there is access to legal abortion.
- Like miscarriages, abortion is a good way to dispose of babies that would have severe birth defects.
- Like miscarriages, abortion is good for population control. Philosopher Peter Singer, MA, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, defended abortion as a way to curb overpopulation. The United Nations estimated that the world’s population will increase to 9.3 billion by 2050, which would be “the equivalent of adding another India and China to the world,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Malnutrition, starvation, poverty, lack of medical and educational services, pollution, underdevelopment, and conflict over resources are all consequences of overpopulation. With 43.8 million abortions performed worldwide in 2008, the population increase if abortion were unavailable could be substantial.
- Societies and the government should allow abortions because they make it difficult for many women to get contraceptives. Two-thirds of teenage pregnancies are not planned, because many do not have adequate access to contraceptives (NARAL). And the taxpayer price of supporting a child on welfare is far greater than that of a Medicaid abortion.
- Society has no responsibility or legal obligation to the fetus; only to the mother. The medical benefits are all in the mother’s name and for her benefit until the baby is born. An unborn is not a child in a crib; it is an attachment dependent on the mother host. A foreign has no rights until they are on American soil. Moreover, an unborn is like an alien citizen or stranger until born and a stranger has no rights in the owner’s home.
- The Supreme Court decided in 1973 that the unborn fetus had no constitutional rights until the third trimester (24-28 weeks), as it is incapable of functioning independently from the mother until that time.
30 Arguments for Pro-Life
- Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist stated in his dissent in Roe v. Wade, “A transaction resulting in an operation such as this is not “private” in the ordinary usage of that word. Nor is the “privacy” that the Court finds here even a distant relative of the freedom from searches and seizures protected by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which the Court has referred to as embodying a right to privacy. Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967)… If the Court means by the term “privacy” no more than that the claim of a person to be free from unwanted state regulation of consensual transactions may be a form of “liberty” protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, there is no doubt that similar claims have been upheld in our earlier decisions on the basis of that liberty. I agree with the statement of MR. JUSTICE STEWART in his concurring opinion that the “liberty,” against deprivation of which without due process the Fourteenth Amendment protects, embraces more than the rights found in the Bill of Rights. But that liberty is not guaranteed absolutely against deprivation, only against deprivation without due process of law. …The decision here to break pregnancy into three distinct terms and to outline the permissible restrictions the State may impose in each one, for example, partakes more of judicial legislation than it does of a determination of the intent of the drafters of the Fourteenth Amendment… By the time of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, there were at least 36 laws enacted by state or territorial legislatures limiting abortion…”
- Evolutionary Big Bang theorists speak of a mysterious particle of quark-gloun plasma or of chemical compounds in a ‘primordial soup’ that sparked into life from molecules into living organisms. If cosmologists discovered bacteria, Archaea, or Eukarya fungi on another planet – they would be yelling, ‘we found life.’ Likewise, Microbiology (Greek for’study’ of ‘small’ ‘life’) is the study of microscopic organisms in which they support the tree of life as one of the most important organizing principles in biology; and now an expanded version of the tree of life includes microorganisms such as Bacteria. Life distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth and the power of adaptation to environment. Living bacteria absorbs food from the material they LIVE on or in. A live fish is a living creature in or out of water – its natural environment – until it is dead. The fact a Fetus is attached to a host mother and relies on her for its food and blood does not change the fact that it is a Life. And according to Microbiology, before a women even knows she is pregnant, after the one in hundreds of million sperm penetrates a mature egg and creates a single set of 46 chromosomes conception takes place and a Zygote (cell organism) is formed; it is the basis for a new human being. After a couple of days the Zygote becomes a Morula (solid ball of cells) traveling through the fallopian tube. As early as a week after conception, the Morula has become a Blastocyst (from the Greek ‘sprout’ ‘capsule’) and imbeds into the uterine lining, beginning the embryonic stage. The embryonic time is about 56 days or 8 weeks from fertilization. An Embryo is defined scientifically as ‘an unborn offspring in the process of development;’ and as an ‘unborn child.’ According to microbiology as a Zygote is formed: ‘life begins at conception. ’
- Where is the Life of an animal? Where is the Life of the Fetus? 9:4: ‘Life is in the blood.’ God forbids His people to ‘eat or drink blood in any form… for the life of a creature is in the blood… (Leviticus 17:10-11).’ By the 5th week of pregnancy, the Embryo has a heart with divided chambers and which beats and pumps its own blood. Also, its brain is developing, along with its spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract; and arms and legs are visible. The fetus is connected by the umbilical cord to the placenta; and through the blood vessels in the umbilical cord, the fetus receives nutrition, oxygen and life support from the mother through the placenta. Waste from the fetus is sent back through the umbilical cord and eliminated through the mother’s circulation. Note: a mother cannot be the product of ‘life support’ without having a ‘life’ to ‘support.’
- As some would say humans rely on ‘Mother Earth’ to sustain our lives; unborn babies rely and depend on their host mother for life support. As the human did not choose to live on and rely on Earth (and of course the Creator of Earth) but enjoys life on the planet; neither did the unborn child ask for its location of growth, but enjoys the safe environment and resources which the mother provides – from its first day, she nurtures her child as the earth’s nature is to provide nourishment to its creatures.
- At week 10 of the pregnancy the embryo is called a Fetus (Latin for ‘little one;’ defined as: an unborn offspring more than 8 weeks after conception; a human being or animal in the later stages of development before birth). At this 10th week, the genitalia have clearly formed into male or female. Organs and structures are in place and working. Fingers and toes are visibly formed. Before the end of the FIRST TRIMISTER, at 12 weeks, the kidneys are excreting urine and fingers have distinct fingerprints. This ‘little life’ (microbios)’ girl or boy has its own identity.
- If the argument for legal abortions is that as many as 1 in 5 women seek abortions and that to make them criminals is unreasonable and unfair; then change the penalty – not the truth and principle of the law. Thus, for destroying an innocent little girl fetus that is less than 12 weeks old – maybe, community service helping teen mothers and attaining a class (like required after some first offense driving while intoxicated) on how babies are made and how to avoid unwanted pregnancy.
- The Right to Live is not dependent upon one’s age or size; otherwise children would have less right to live than adults. Does a temporary burden of carrying a unborn child, out weight the alternative of killing the child?
- Freedom is not absolute. We do not have the ‘Freedom to Choose’ everything concerning our body or actions. We are not ‘free to choose ‘ to dress or not dress when and where we please. We are not free to go nude in most public places. We are not free to ‘Choose’ to steal, kill, destroy and even say whatever we please. We cannot yell ‘Fire’ is a theater, go in the theater without paying, burn down the theater, and kill the attendants and attendees at will. So saying only ‘Freedom to choose’ without speaking of what the desired choice is about cannot be logically supported.
- Does the Father (if known and consensual sex) of the child deserve any say in the matter of the child? If so, at all, then the mother does not entirely control her own body. If not, then why do the courts involve the Father’s after the birth and demand they help, with or without burdens, provide for the child’s support.
- Does the women have the ‘right to control her life’ to the point of harming the unborn baby? With the very rare exception of rape and rare exceptions of incest; sexual intercourse producing pregnancy is a Voluntary function – the inability to overcome lust and bad choices does not negate the fact that the female, even a teen, had the First opportunity not to engage in the action that led to the pregnancy. The fact that choices between carrying the baby or having an abortion both may be bad Second Choices has no bearing on the fact that a baby’s life is not at stake. Most of the pregnancy is by nature involuntary after sex and conception. The baby will develop and be born according to nature; unless the mother neglects the simplest methods of common survival – eating and sleeping – even through government assistance if necessary. To separate the unborn child from its mother at this point would have to involve abortion – to abort – the child; and ‘to abort’ the child is to voluntary kill the unborn child.
- To abort an unborn child is to take a life off ‘life support’ at the earliest and most viable, potential and hopeful stage of human life; as oppose to the debate concerning Euthanasia and ‘Mercy Killings.’ Euthanasia involves mature adults at the end of their lives, most exclusively terminally ill and in pain or coma and most having previously expressed their free will desires to a loved one or several loved one’s and or their medical care givers that it is their desire die such certain circumstances occur. In the same manner, a Living Will makes state under what circumstances the person does not want ‘life support.’ However, an unborn child by nature seeks and moves forward towards life and give no free will consent to euthanasia.
- Whether the abortion would only the ‘first’ offense – the first one – has no bearing on the fact that it is the ‘aborting’ and killing of an unborn child.
- The unborn child processes an inherent value in life and to destroy it destroys that value; thus society must protect what is valuable. But even this argument is sad, because to speaks only of economics and not of morals and the harsh truth of the life or death of a living soul.
- The argument of ‘a bad or single event decision affecting the rest of one’s life’ is neither a good one nor a moral and completely correct one. To say the only choices are to keep the child after birth or to kill it now, ignores the CHOICES of adoption or of relatives caring for the child. When a single parent goes to jail; should and does society kill their minor children. The real heart of this argument deals with a) the temporary burden – pregnancy – which has been performed by billions of mothers; b) potential embarrassment which in no way out weights a life; and c) current and future depression and guilt. Moreover, compare the ‘bad decision’ of a pregnant mother which had consensual sex and currently is weighting the intent to kill her unborn child, to the ‘bad decision’ of a poor father who robs a store for $ 200 to pay their utility bill in the winter, without a weapon or the intent to kill, and gets caught and put in jail – separated from all freedoms and choices and family – for years and a significant portion or the majority of the remainder of their adult life.
- The argument of the cost on society is foolish. From a legal stand point society does not support a per capital limit on law suits equaled to the Gross National Income divided by the number of citizens. And from a moral stand point society does not allow Jonathan Swift’s – A Modest Proposal, killing unwanted 2 year old from the poor classes and using them to supplement the feeding of other children. But if we did this; it would prevent the 2 year old from being a burden to their parents or country, and make them an asset to be sold and a value to the public. And of course most robbers give the impression they are armed in some manner – otherwise – the clerk or owner is not so compelled to submit to the robbery – and thus, due to the threatening alone in commission with the felony, the sentence could be 15 years to life; but what to the mother threating the life of the unborn – of course, society does not want to jail the mother – but neither should it allow her to be free to threaten the unborn child ‘with the use of force or violence.’
- And to speak of population control is also foolish. Who among us is God? Who has the right strictly due to societal cost or population control to go through and say like Hitler or some psychopath that we shall kill this class, but allow another class to live?
- To say that woman should be allowed abortions because the government makes it difficult to get contraceptives is foolish as well. So most of teenage pregnancies are not planned, we could assign chastity belts to all minors and give the keys to an accountable adult or governmental official required to bear the burden of all future cost of an unwanted child should pregnancy occur – that is a simple and cheap alternative – and just as foolish. Perhaps the self-employed should not pay taxes because the IRS makes it difficult to understand and fill out all those different schedules and hundreds of lines of questions on all the required and optional forms.
- Raped females should be allowed abortions. Raped females are involved in less than 1% of all abortions. Nevertheless, yes allow the victim the ‘morning after pill’ which will destroy the cells before they become an Embryo. And society says, for whatever reason or lack of knowledge that the raped victim missed the opportunity of the ‘morning after pill;’ then in the event that the pregnancy will cause such severe depression or mental disorders that the future life of the raped victim will be significantly altered then it permits an abortion to the Embryo; but should the Embryo become a Fetus and should the First Trimester pass into the Second and the raped victim is simply undecided as to the choice; then the raped victim has created another victim – the unborn child.
- There is 2 pro-choices and one comes before the other; the pro-choice to have sex and the pro-choice to abort the consequences of the unprotected intercourse.
- To say abortions should be allowed because illegal abortions cause deaths and future complications in and of itself is another foolish argument. First, through every unnatural death should be unwanted and sought to be prevented, the number of deaths by illegal abortions was less than 50 a year. Far less than the number of deaths and future complications caused by drinking and driving or the use of bad illegal drugs. Society could save thousands of precious lives by requiring bars to close at midnight; and stores not to sell liquor after a certain time or at all. Freedoms must be weighed in the light of culture desires and morals. We could provide cocaine ‘crack’ users with quality prescriptions; we could subsidize LSD users with properly measured doses. Moreover, to describe illegal abortion providers as unqualified is hardly accurate. Former medical director of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Mary Calderone, described in a 1960 American Journal of Health article that a study in 1958 showed that 84 percent to 87 percent of all illegal abortions were performed by licensed physicians in good standing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics, there were only 39 women who died from illegal abortions in 1972.
- When the Supreme Court makes law out of an issue that was previously constitutional by previous Courts for 150 years, the States no longer have their rights. Abortion was legal in a handful of states (New York, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, New Jersey, Vermont, and California) before Roe v. Wade and the CDC reports that there were 586,760 legal abortions in 1972.
- One person’s unfair or embarrassing situation or circumstances do not justify the violation of the rights of another person that suffers and or dies in order to remedy the unfortunate or perceived bad or unfair circumstance.
- Putting unwanted babies up for adoption furthers the United Nation and American agenda of rights to all individuals regardless of race, sex or sexual preference in that it would allow more babies to gay/lesbian families.
- The poor and especially their children have access to ‘FREE’ health and medical benefits; there is NO BURDEN of finance to the POOR for having children; and one could argue that the very poor benefit from having children, and it is middle and upper class society that actually bear the burden of the child’s cost – FREE health care, public schools and even often private school vouchers, future education grants, often FREE housing and SSI funds.
- Concerning over population, especially by the poor; society could argue the right to impose involuntary Sterilization (as the Nazis did on some), is an alternative to aborting ‘innocent unborn children.’
- To say that abortion helps keep women from abusive relationships, ignores the alternatives that so does divorce and or restraining orders.
- To say the abortion does not cause the unborn Fetus pain (only death); then begs several questions. What is the reason for the abortion? It something short of life of the mother or rape or incest, than it is a matter of Free Choice of the mother over the Life of the Unborn and Morals of a good Society. And the question is pain the issue? Because, many people don’t want Lepers around them, and Mycobacterium leprae or Leprosy affects the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord and nerve damage can lead to loss of feeling and thus no pain. So we can free comfort that cutting most Lepers does not cause them pain.
- As for abortions because the unborn child is likely to have a deformity (which is often minor) or a serious medical condition is a logical question; however, the vast majority of handicapped children and adults are happy or prefer life and their suicide rates or no more than that of other groups, such as teens in Alaska. Moreover, would or are we to have genocide on the severely handicapped or mentally retarded?
- All teens should have to be informed of the truth about the growth stages of the unborn and about what abortion is and does and with parental and their consent teenagers should be given the option to SEE the TRUTH in graphic images of aborted babies.
- All teens should be taught about abortion procedures and instruments, whether suction devices or stainless steel tools. They should be told that a recent study found that almost a third of preterm births are likely to be the result of a previous abortion; or that induced abortion can cause them to develop a medical condition such as Placenta Previa or sleeping disorders (especially for abortions after the 13th week) or breast cancer. Americans United For Life provide information showing of 70 studies, 33 showed a positive association between having an induced abortion and developing breast cancer. They should be told of the effects of RU-486, including internal hemorrhaging, infection and death. They should be told about the depression and mental issues, including an increased risk of suicide, that follow many that have abortions. They should be taught not only about reproduction and sexual condition, but about social morals and control by saying ‘no,’ as to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and not simply saying, ‘here’s a condom.’ Moreover, teens should be presented with various religious positions concerning fornication, the percentage of teens that marry the ‘first love,’ etc. Parents, teachers, ministers, medical personnel and counselors should all have input and bear the weight of the ‘wanted sex, but unwanted pregnancy’ crisis.
Update October 11, 2016: A new U.K. study shows that the heartbeat in the Fetus begins days early that first thought about 16 days after conception for humans.
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Born at 24 weeks above