“For starters when a “baby” is first implanted it isn’t even a fetus. It’s considered a zygote. Doesn’t even go by the fetus term until later. Abortion is normally, and lawfully performed by 20 weeks. Before the fetus is developed into what you are imagining as that baby. You want to look at things from a science stand point, then I think you need to take a look at actually unbiased facts. Being pro choice is NOT pro abortion. Pro life activists not only oppose abortions, but they have also been opposing any type of birth control or contraceptive to keep unwanted and unplanned pregnancies from happening. Science can tell you that a woman not on birth control will actually naturally “abort” more zygotes than a woman on birth control. Because a woman’s body naturally decides to flush the zygote out or allow it to attach to the uterus. That’s what Jackie meant by natural abortion. Getting rid of safe and legal abortion options for women will only lead to more women risking their lives for an unsafe abortion. Abortion isn’t the problem. It’s the lack of availability for women of any age to can access to proper health care, birth control, and education.”
First of all, I want to address putting a baby in parentheses and then explaining how it is not a baby when it is first conceived, and instead first called a zygote, the definition for which reads as follows, “a diploid cell resulting from the fusion of two haploid gametes; a fertilized ovum.” I, personally, have no problem with words created for stages of life. Zygote, fetus, to baby can be as simple as stages of life, like child, adult to senior. But in the context of a pro-abortion argument, it becomes demeaning, as though the child within the mother’s womb does not mean anything until it reaches a certain stage of growth, or for some, when the child is born. The fact is, the life within the mother’s womb is a baby, no matter what the argument is.
Next she goes on to say that pro-choice is not pro-abortion. How is this so? I’m curious, because in the movement, people who proclaim to be pro-choice are fighting for the right to abortion, so does that not make the two stances one in the same? She tries to make it seems like it is two different things, that pro-choice is for contraceptives and other pills and measures so that women don’t have to have an abortion. Then she goes on to talk about how pro-life supporters not only oppose abortion, but also “any type of birth control or contraceptive to keep unwanted and unplanned pregnancies from happening”. Well yes, it only makes sense for those who are pro-life to oppose such measures as they abortion drugs as well, that put unwanted chemicals and hormones into a woman’s body, which then unnaturally terminates the pregnancy, killing the baby.
She then goes on to argue that it would be terrible to take away “safe” and legal abortions, as it would make women risk their lives with unsafe abortion. I argue that no abortion is “safe”. Pro-choice supporters like to imagine that world is better now that there is legal and “safe” abortion, and that there are no deaths. What a fantasy world they must live in. The fact is this. More than 400 women have died from a “safe” abortion, since the procedure became legal. That does not sound very “safe” to me.
Also, in response to the last line of the paragraph. It is not a problem of lack of access to health care, education or birth control. The problem is that women are not presented with the facts. That abortions are very dangerous. Chinese researchers recently discovered that having an abortion makes you 44% more likely to have breast cancer, and that percentage grows with the number of abortions a women has ( New Study Puts Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Back in the Spotlight ). It also results in infertility, which seems to be a little known fact. I’ve heard from countless women how violated they felt after an abortion, the sense of loss and pain. And how upset and even depressed they became afterwards. My response and firm belief is that there is absolutely no such thing as a “safe” abortion. (NOTE: The word safe is in parentheses to convey the point that it is a myth and not in fact true)
“You also argued the rape card. Well, 1.) a child from rape has a huge probability of being hated by the mother because of the situation. That child and mother could through mental and emotional, sometimes physical torture. For life.”
This is one of the most touchiest topics that I’ve come across, on both sides. And my response to her argument is this.
Where is the proof that a child born from rape will be hated? Why does this innocent baby, who has done absolutely nothing, have to die because of the crimes of the father? Is the answer that people like Rebecca Kiessling, a “product of rape” and long time supporter of the pro-life cause, should have died? In Rebecca’s case, and many others like her, she was given up for adoption. And surprise, she was not hated! She was loved, even though she was born from a terrible thing, she still grew to be an amazing individual, along with many others. For me, there is no way you can confirm that just because a child is conceived in rape, that the baby and mother will go through mental, emotional or even physical torture for life. That is unfounded and in my experiences, are rare. Every child deserves to live.
“Adoption is not for everyone. There are already hundreds probably thousands of orphans in the world today. It is very low percentage that even half those children will be adopted. And then there is a huge possibility they go through life mentally, emotionally, and again sometimes physically tortured. Not all orphanages or foster homes are happy places where everyone loves you. And, most people look to adopt an infant, so once that child hits a certain age the get an even worse feeling of being unwanted.”
Yes, adoption, is not for everyone, some women actually keep and raise their children. And how convenient of an argument it is for them say there are thousands of orphans “in the world”, instead of pointing out the many children in the United States alone that are looking to be adopted. I know more than one couple and family who have adopted, and it was a long and strenuous process, because there were not that many children available for adoption. When you look at the number of children aborted each year, and the number of couples and families in the United States looking to adopt, it is easy to see that nearly all of those lives that have been destroyed could have gone to a loving home.
Also, I again don’t believe that all children who are adopted, put into an orphanage or into foster care, go through mental emotional and physical torture. Contrary to what the media tends to portray, the majority of families who take in foster children, or adopt are not pedophiles and child molesters, looking to exploit the child, or any other malicious thing you can think of. Most families or couples, who might not be able to conceive a child of their own would want to adopt a baby or child.
And what does this person suggest we do with children who get passed a “certain age” and suddenly are no longer adoptable? There is definitely somebody out there that will take that child in, no matter what the age. You may say that I live in a fantasy world. But my belief and hope is in the best of humanity, and though I do know it may not turn out that way all the time. It is extremely likely that it can. Adoption is, and always will be, the best and only option, that is actually safe and does not harm the mother the way an abortion does.
“Now, health issues. There a numerous cases when a women’s life could be in danger due to a pregnancy. There are numerous cases when a child will be born with such a severe health issue they would not be allowed to function in this world on their own and would live in pain and agony all their life. Abortion is not just about a women who doesn’t want her baby. It requires A LOT of decision making, and more times than not it is the only and best option available. I’m a mother of a child with special needs. I’ve seen what happens when a child is 1 week needing open heart surgery because of health issues. I’ve talked to parents who wish they would have known before the baby was born because aborting an trying again would have been better than watching their child grow up a vegetable.”
This is another common argument, the health of the baby and mother. The fact about this, is that we now live in a modern age of medicine and technology. There are many things that we can do now to help the mother and the baby in the case of a health issue. And also, why should a child be aborted because it has down syndrome, trisomy 18 or any other “disorder” or special need? Will a parent love the child less, or regret having the child? In my experience that is not the case. Children with special needs are amazing people, sure they cannot do everything that you and I can. But in some cases they have an incredible capacity for love, and though they need major attention and care, that does not mean we should do away with them. What type of people have we come to just abort a special needs baby all in the name of convenience. And the last line she writers disturbs me. It disturbs me that she believes, and have spoken with parents who feel that they wished they had known, then they could just get an abortion and try again. That is the sickest thing I’ve heard. In that argument, you make having a precious baby sound like playing a game, “oh, made a mistake that time, better give up now and try again later”. That is terrible, and inhumane. Some people who act this way, like their child is something of not much worth that they could through him or her away because they have a defect, I think that they should not be parents. Those are the children who are going to grow up tortured, and with issues.
“You need to do some research and listen and read stories of women and men who have gone through the acts of abortions. It’s not just trying on the women. The men feel it too.”
Of course men feel it too, and I and others have heard many stories about couples experiences with abortion. It is very trying, it sends people into depression, it can give women health issues as we have seen. How can she say how trying an abortion is on the mother and the father, and yet go out and promote it later?
“Then when you actually hear the other side and the completely UNEASY decision of abortion you need to go to an abortion clinic and watch the pro life activists completely and totally torture a woman going into a clinic or in some cases just walking past and the assume she’s there for an appointment. Women have to be escorted into clinics because they are violently bombarded with pro life activists who could care less what their life or situation is.”
Yet another rare case. There is only one such group that I can think of, that berates and does wrong things in the pro-life movement, and I will not name them as not to give them recognition as what they do is wrong. The majority of pro-life activists who stand outside of abortion clinics are loving people who are either praying, as I have done. Or are trying to save women and girls from the horror of abortion, and also save the life of the baby. And pro-life activists actually do care about the people going into the clinics and other places to get an abortion, in that statement she is absolutely wrong. Some of the people praying and trying to help sometimes are even rape baby survivors or victims of abortions themselves.
In conclusion, the majority of pro-choice arguments for abortion, are either blown out of proportion to try and make a false point, or are sometimes completely wrong. All of that, just to get their point across. The inconvenient truth for the pro-choice supporters, is that the facts are on the side of life, and there is nothing they can do to change that. Even science and medicine are beginning to prove our points.
I urge all of you to keep up the courageous fight, like many have. Follow in the trail blazed by the men and women leaders in the movement. Like Nelly Gray who founded the March For Life, Jill Stanek, a nurse turned blogger and activist after witnessing the horror of late term abortion, and Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, who is now one of the most powerful voices in the pro-life movement today. And someone of our own generation, Lila Rose, who at a young age founded Live Action, an organization that fights to show the truth of the Planned Parenthood abortion industry, and abortion in general. We must all take up the banner of life and wave proudly for all to see.
If we all stand up and speak, I know that one day in the very near future, this evil will cease to exist and become a distant memory. So I urge you to keep up the fight. We will be victorious in the end.