Abortion

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Abortion

Abortion is the ending of pregnancy before birth and is morally wrong. An abortion results
in the death of an embryo or a fetus. Abortion destroys the lives of helpless, innocent
children and illegal in many countries. By aborting these unborn infants, humans are
hurting themselves; they are not allowing themselves to meet these new identities and
unique personalities. Abortion is very simply wrong. Everyone is raised knowing the
difference between right and wrong. Murder is wrong, so why is not abortion? People argue
that it is not murder if the child is unborn. Abortion is murder since the fetus being
destroyed is living, breathing and moving. Why is it that if an infant is destroyed a
month before the birth, there is no problem, but if killed a month after birth, this is
inhumane murder?

It is morally and strategically foolish, because we lose the middle when we talk about
reproductive rights without reference to a larger moral and spiritual dimension, and we
are unwilling to use language like transgression and redemption, or right and wrong. -Wolf
p54

The main purpose abortions are immoral is how they are so viciously done. Everyday,
innocent, harmless fetuses that could soon be laughing children are being brutally
destroyed. One form of abortion is to cut the fetus into pieces with serrated forceps
before being removed, piece by piece from the uterus by suction with a vacuum aspirator.
Another form consists of bringing the fetus feet first into the birth canal, puncturing
its skull with a sharp instrument and sucking out the brain tissue. The body parts, such
as the head, are given letters, rather than refer to the parts as what they are. In my
opinion this is for the doctors who cannot face the reality of what they are doing. The
remains of the fetus or embryo, as the case may be, are put into everyday, plastic buckets
and then sent to a dumpster where these precious bones and limbs are disposed. However,
how and when an abortion takes place are matters of little importance to pro- abortionists
and other defenders. Even former abortion practitioners from varying backgrounds and
religions have a new view on abortion. These changes of heart were caused by
psychological, religious and scientific reasons. One doctor, Dr. Bernard Nathanson,
performed 60,000 abortions and supervised 10,000, before scientific evidence and the use
of an ultrasound, convinced him he was promoting and participating what he now calls "the
most atrocious holocaust in the history of the United States." Other doctors refuse to
perform legal abortions, saying they should save lives rather than destroy them.

Many argue is it the women's or the fetus' rights and values that are being trampled on?
"Pro-choice movements sometimes fall back on an abortion rhetoric that seems to dehumanize
and trivialize the death of a fetus as a way to humanize and make important the
reproductive rights of women." (Wolf p54) "Women can treat an unwanted fetus as a
violation of her civil rights and is therefore justified tin using force to expel it."
(McMillan pA12) The decision is not up to the mother because she is not God. Only God, the
ultimate creator has the right to choose who may live and who shall die. Humans do not
have the right or the power to control the quality of life and to avoid suffering. "The
issue of abortion is not just life, but how life is created and the extent to which human
intention and control the process, both before and after birth. All humans inventions and
interventions may give us a world to regret." (Clark p3) With abortion, we humans give
ourselves dominion over a large part of God's plans and our destiny.

Abortion becomes especially evil when the bond between mother and child is broken and it
is being used as an alternative birth control when humans cannot control their
irresponsible sexual hungers. If beings are responsible enough to be sexually active, they
should also be responsible enough to accept consequences, and if that means becoming
pregnant and creating a life, then that life should have the opportunity to live. There
should be a bond or relationship between a mother and child, whether born or unborn.

Mothers and her children form a bond unlike any other felling of love; when a child is
aborted, before given the right to grow in the bond, does the mother feel the connection
with her child or is it just uterine material. Abortion is never about just abortion. It
is about questions like whether the society at large, or individual pieces of it, regards
the fact of women's fertility as burden or gift, and how they treat it, and what are the
incentives ad disincentives they provide? How the rearing of children is regarded -
benefit or burden, or sometimes a balance of those, and who is responsible for that? And
then one of the deepest things, at the core of what abortion is about, is what is our
understanding of freedom? Is freedom something like will: the ability to choose something
in anyway you choose, freedom without regard to truth, to what some would call natural
law? Freedom without regard to the common good?" -Alvare p54

Many women do feel this bond and also feel a great loss and emptiness in their lives.
Several women have confided in one author, Naomi Wolf. They have come to her in grief. One
woman shared that each year she lights a candle for the fetus that she aborted, and that
she feels like there is no room within the organized reproductive rights institutions or
within mainstream feminism to articulate that grief and make it meaningful. "All humans
have the same right to live compared to other humans; whether rich, poor, majority or
minority this being deserves the same chance we were all given." (Clark p3)

The Vatican teaches that all humans have a right to life, from the moment of conception
until the natural ordained moment of death. According to the Catholic church, a person is
living when as young as an embryo, which refers to an organism at its early stage of
development, through the fetus stage, which is from the end of the eighth week until birth
and when considered a baby, until the last second of life before death. It is also selfish
to abort an unborn child. This aborted child could have been destined to create world
peace, make the invention of the century, find a cure foe AIDS or other diseases or maybe
have children of his or her own and continue our human race.

Pro-choice defenders feel that the Roman Catholic Church's opinion leaves no room for
human reason as it instead tries to unrealistically legislate an uncompromising pro-life
policy. There is no excuse for having an abortion. Pro-choice followers recommend abortion
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