Should life or death be our choice?Posted: March 2, 2011
Currently in America abortions are legal, and a big topic of conversation. Pro-life or pro-choice everyone and anyone have an opinion on how unwanted pregnancies should be handled. Most who hold the pro-life view would say abortion is wrong because of the morality of it. I disagree. This post will focus on why abortion is wrong leaving out the morality, though the bible says abortion is wrong I will focus on modern proof that abortion is not the right answer. The side effects and consequences of getting an abortion need to be seriously considered before getting one. It is not a choice like what I should buy today or what should I eat for dinner it’s a weighty choice, and it brings the question who can decide if a person lives or dies. Four topics will be discussed, abortion has unreasonable risks to the mother’s health, a fetus is a life at the time it is conceived, the rates and methods of illegal abortions, and other options.
The first to be talked about is abortion and its risks to the mother’s health. The numbers range from 5,000 to 10,000 , what are these numbers exactly? The number of women that die from abortions yearly in the U.S.A, globally 13% of death in women is caused by abortions. Research has shown that often abortions can lead to infertility when the woman decides she’s “ready” to have a baby she also realizes she can’t. This is caused by a number of things. Scrapping is one method commonly used in abortion procedures, this method has two possibly dangerous outcomes one the doctor might not clean all the bacteria at the entrance allowing bacteria into the uterus, this causes clogging in the fallopian tubes, once this happens the women most likely will no longer be able to conceive. Another danger is puncturing; many times the uterus wall is punctured during this procedure the small holes resulting often heal themselves. If these holes go un noticed by the doctor it might result in the intestines being pulled through this hole during the procedure or the hole being left open when this happens the women’s later fertility is unlikely. One shocking finding was that researchers are currently looking into a causal relationship between having abortions and breast cancer. It seems once the women is pregnant the releases hormones and the hormones in the breast are higher as well, these hormones abruptly stop when the abortion occurs, this is called ABC effect or abortion breast cancer. It is still being studied but researchers think it highly probable that abortions can lead to breast cancer . Not only are there physical risks to having an abortion there are psychological threats. Over 600,000 women report symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome) after having an abortion. This happens if the women was pressured, perhaps having her rapists baby, or if the women regrets the abortion and feels it was an unjustified murder of their child. Whatever the cause of this women have flashbacks, high anxiety and even others may have very vivid remembrance of the traumatic event with extreme floods of emotion, or with no emotion at all. The personal risks involved should dissuade women from getting an abortion but if these don’t there are still other factors that encourage the idea that abortions are not the best route to take.
The next to be considered is that a fetus is a life. When we first find out someone is pregnant no matter how far along in their pregnancy we rub their belly, talk to their stomach in a ridiculous high-pitched voice and talk excitedly about plans for the baby. This is our automatic reaction, without thinking all these thoughts are put into motion. If this is our initial response to bend down and talk to the baby and we believe it can hear us then it is a person. You wouldn’t think to yourself I’m talking to nothing; you would think I hope when the baby comes it recognizes my voice. If these are our initial reactions then what gives us the right to turn around and say at a certain age a fetus is not a human life. As early as weeks 4-5 arms and legs start to develop, if you were to get a sonograms you would be able to distinguish what is what, by 10 weeks you have a mini person. In NYS women are eligible to get abortions up until 24 weeks at that point the heart bet can be heard, the baby moves, even eyelashes are formed. Yet still we say it’s not a person, saying at 24 weeks that the fetus is not a person is just a way of comforting yourself and reasoning what you’re doing is not murder.
This thought of murder leads us to the concept of illegal abortions. If a fetus is not a person, then an act against the fetus should not be illegal. Illegal abortions are usually preformed when the mother can no longer get an abortion because she is too far along. Several methods are used to harm the fetus to abort it. Using a coat hanger to kill it, often “falling” down a flight of stairs can cause it; any intentional act to get the baby out of you passed legal term can lead to a trial in court for illegal abortion. Studies show that the fetus can feel pain at 8 weeks 7*. That being said why are people allowed up to 24 weeks to abort the baby, if it can feel pain it is alive and a person and aborting it at any time during the pregnancy is wrong.
Lastly there are so many people who are desperate to have children and will do anything in their power to have open, yet the people who have often are the ones who abort. Instead of getting an abortion you can give the baby up for adoption, the adoption can be closed or open if you want to have some part in the child’s life. There are hospitals where you can drop a baby off anonymously and not ever have to worry about it again. Even if you don’t want the child there are so many families willing to take it and provide an excellent life for it. There are always alternatives to abortion, so if there is even the slightest doubt in someone’s mind that the fetus they are aborting is in fact murdering a human they can consider these options.
All these things being said, killing a fetus is wrong and there are alternatives to doing so. You wouldn’t kill a baby after its born why kill it before it’s born, just because a baby is growing doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent or inhuman it just means its growing. As said, a growing child wouldn’t be killed; the parent couldn’t decide to take their life whenever they please so why is a growing fetus any different.