Abortion: No Different Than Murder
By Emily Dedert
John Wood Community College
There are approximately 3,700 unborn children that die a day in the United States. These deaths are not due miscarriages or stillbirths because they are no accidents. These deaths are intentional and deliberate due to abortions. Abortion is the unnatural and premature, forced expulsion of a fetus from the womb before it is able to survive on its own, ending an innocent life; this act is no difference than murder and should therefore be illegalized. At the moment of conception, a new life is formed and there is no justification for ending an innocent life. There are alternatives to abortion so the value of human life does not be degraded and sacrificed for the life of another, so why not illegalize abortion and prevent over 1,000,000 babies from being murdered every year?
At the moment of conception, a human life with its own unique DNA comes into being (B.A. Robinson). All inherited traits and features of this new life are set and the plan is present or all that this new life will ever live up to be. Those who are pro-life and pro-choice believe that once human personhood starts, that human life must be protected (B.A. Robinson). The problem, however, is that a common decision cannot be made as to when human personhood begins.
Pro-lifers believe that life begins at conception when unique DNA becomes present. According the Bible, however, personhood begins when blood first appears in the pre-embryo around 18 days after conception. Pro-choicers believe that life becomes person a long time after conception when the fetus can survive on its own, breathing as an independent and separate person. They argue that a pre-embryo has no human shape, skin, brain, or other organs and is not conscious therefore not a person (B.A. Robinson). By the 21st day of pregnancy the unborn child’s heart begins to beat; this is around the same time the mother misses her period and begins to wonder if she could be pregnant. A day later the eyes begin to develop and the earliest stages of ears are present. By the 27th day the lungs begin to form and by 8 weeks every organ is present. For the woman who learns that she is pregnant, her life changes dramatically and her actions have been affecting the child inside of her without her even knowing it. There should be no argument as to when life begins; life begins at the moment of conception when everything changes for the woman carrying that child. October 5-Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, I am as small as a seed of an apple, but it is I already. And I am to be a girl. I shall have blonde hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers. October 19-Some say I am not a real person yet, that only my mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of beard is yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am. October 23-My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first work will be: MAMA. October 25-My heart began to beat today…
November 12- Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small they are! I’ll be able to stroke my mother’s hair with them. November 20-It wasn’t until today that the doctor told mom that I am living here under her heart. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy, mom? November 25-My mom and dad are probably thinking about a name for me… December 10-My hair is growing…
December 13-I am just about able to see. It is dark around me. When mom brings me into the world it will be full of sunshine and flowers. But what I want more than anything is to see my mom… December 24-I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart?... December 28-Today my mother killed me (Laurie Shrage, Pg 136).
There is no great enough reason or excuse that justifies ending an...
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