To progressives yes. For conservatives no. Pro-choicers yes. Pro-lifers no. I really hope that we can all agree that each of our lives started in our mothers’ wombs and that if our mothers had aborted us we would not be living today. For some reason the pro-choice crowd views unborn babies as life that is less worthy of living, so much so that they believe that they have the right to choose to end human life in the womb for whatever reason they deem fit. Pro-lifers believe that every human life is precious, worthy of human dignity, and that the human life in the womb has just as much of a right to live as persons outside the womb. Pro-choice individuals by advocating for abortion rights are denying human beings the right to life which is guaranteed in our Constitution.
Question: Pro-choicers do you believe that you were less of a human being while you were in your mother’s womb?
Tim Kowal at League of Ordinary Gentleman gathered data from a survey which reveals that a majority of Americans are for making abortion illegal after the first trimester. In his post “Human Life is not too controversial” Tim focuses on the Texas bill which bans abortions after the embryo is 20 weeks. This bill just passed the Texas House and is now onto the Senate. There is already a Texas law which requires women who are seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and listen to a description of what it shows. Tim says, “the rhetorical case for protecting the unborn has succeeded.” I agree with that for the most part. I would add that the medical evidence supports that human life exists in the womb during pregnancy and that biology also recognizes that a new human life begins at the moment of conception. So why is abortion still legal? I agree with Tim when he argues that the media has much influence over the abortion debate. Since most of the media is pro-choice there hasn’t been a change with regards to abortion on the national level. I would also add that over half of the members of Congress support abortions. The media and pro-choice lawmakers have a way of appealing to women’s emotions, justifying abortion on this basis instead of looking at the reality, that two human lives are involved and that abortion kills an innocent human life. In addition, pro-choice supporters refuse to look at the harmful physical and/or psychological effects that women go through after having had an abortion. These two have a great amount of power and that is the reason why there hasn’t been a piece of legislation passed limiting abortion, amending Roe v. Wade.
Knowing when human life begins is not complicated and is not controversial either. When the male gamete and the female gamete, the sperm and oocyte, unites this is called fertilization. At the moment of fertilization a new cell called a zygote is formed and human development begins. There are a number of biology/embriology texts that support this scientific fact.
“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo development) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”
“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.
“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.”
Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.
“It is the penetration of the ovum by a spermatozoan and resultant mingling of the nuclear material each brings to the union that constitutes the culmination of the process of fertilization and marks the initiation of the life of a new individual.”
Clark Edward Corliss, Patten’s Human Embryology: Elements of Clinical Development. New York: McGraw Hill, 1976. p. 30.
At fertilization a new human being starts developing. This human being will grow and thrive if allowed. For pro-lifers such as myself the fact that a new life begins at fertilization is not a hard concept for us to grasp. The fact that this new human life is precious, is developing and has the right to survive, the right to life as the Constitution states, is not a hard concept for pro-lifers to comprehend. We understand that abortion means the death of the embryo/unborn baby. There is nothing that justifies the direct purposeful killing of an innocent life, an innocent unborn baby.
For some reason many pro-choice individuals are unable to grasp the fact that the embryo is in fact a human life and that every human life in every stage of development has the right to live, the right to be given a chance to live. They want to make the abortion issue about “choice” and doing whatever women want with their own bodies. The major problem with that saying is abortion is not primarily about their own bodies. Abortion affects the new living human being that is developing. Why should an individual be given the choice to kill another life, another human being? Just because it is dependent on the mother? If that is the case why not the justification to kill babies outside the womb who are dependent on their mothers? Pro-aborts treat new human life so callously that they treat the unborn like disposable waste. To pro-aborts the unborn fall way down low on the totem pole in terms of importance and value compared to finances, believing that pregnancy will ruin the mother’s life, the mother’s choice not to take the unborn baby to term for a number of reasons, thinking that women should have control over their own bodies (when this isn’t the case; it involves two bodies the mother and baby), and believing unborn life is less important because of the unborn baby’s size and the baby is still developing. I cringe when I hear these words. It saddens me that some people choose might over what’s right. There are so many couples waiting to adopt a baby but due to abortions there is a long wait list. Making a sacrifice of self and doing what is good and right for the unborn baby is the ultimate act of love.
Here is a video which shows amazing medical visualization from conception to birth.
The miracle of life. Say yes to human rights for the unborn.