Medical Law and Ethics
December 8, 2013
Over several centuries and in different cultures, there is a rich history of women helping each other to abort. Until the late 1800s, women healers in Western Europe and the U.S. provided abortions and trained other women to do so, without legal prohibitions. The State didn't prohibit abortion until the 19th century, nor did the Church lead in this new repression. In 1803, Britain first passed antiabortion laws, which then became stricter throughout the century. Abortion became a crime and a sin for several reasons. A trend of humanitarian reform in the mid-19th century broadened liberal support for criminalization, because at that time abortion was a dangerous procedure done with crude methods, few antiseptics, and high mortality rates. But this alone cannot explain the attack on abortion. For instance, other risky surgical techniques were considered necessary for people's health and welfare and were not prohibited. ``Protecting'' women from the dangers of abortion was actually meant to control them and restrict them to their traditional child-bearing role. Antiabortion legislation was part of an antifeminist backlash to the growing movements for suffrage, voluntary motherhood, and other women's rights in the 19th century.
Human life begins at conception when the egg and the sperm unite. A single person should not have any right to tear apart a baby’s body. The unborn child has a heartbeat at the end of the third week of pregnancy. ("Prolife vs.," 2010) By the end of the first trimester, the baby has arms, hands, feet, toes and fingers.
People argue that forcing someone to have a child leads to more child abuse. ("Prolife vs.," 2010) According to a professor of pediatrics, Dr. Edward Landowska, reported ninety-one percent of child abuse has happened to children that were very much wanted before birth. ("Prolife vs.," 2010) Society that is all for abortions argues that there is not enough land, water, and food to care for everybody, therefore this is one way to control the human population. We should never kill a child because we as a society perceive them to be too numerous for the planet. ("Prolife vs.," 2010)
Every day this silent horror kills more babies than Americans that were killed on September eleventh. Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, more than fifty million babies have been slaughtered. ("Prolife vs.," 2010) Each year the number of American babies killed due to abortions, is roughly equal to the number of United States military deaths in all of the wars the US has ever been involved with. ("Prolife vs.," 2010)In New York City, it has been reported that forty-one percent of pregnancies end in an abortion. ("Prolife vs.," 2010)
Organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, spend millions upon millions of dollars trying to convince people that there is nothing wrong with having an abortion. (Snyder, 2012)There is no hope for American as long as this mass slaughter of more than fifty million children continues to grow across the country. During the year of 2010, Planned Parenthood received more than 48.7 million dollars from the federal government. (Snyder, 2012)Seventy-two percent of Planned Parenthood “customers” have incomes that are equal to or below the federal poverty level.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, once said, “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” (Snyder, 2012)Eighty-six percent of abortions are done for the convenience of the woman. A Philadelphia abortionist was charged with killing seven babies that were alive when born. Witnesses claim he has slaughtered hundreds of living newborn children by slitting their necks, and severing spinal cords.
The heart of a baby starts beating around the eighteenth day. Brainwaves have been detected at forty days after...