An abortion is a violation of the most important human right, the right to live. With its practice people not only make one of the grades misdeeds, but also puts at risk the life of the mother. The abortion is an action condemned by God, and all those who form part of such action, will not be welcome in heaven. The abortion causes both physical and psychological damage, and doctors should raise awareness to their patients about these consequences, instead of being part of an event as disastrous as this.
The abortion is murder and should be condemned who practice it. If we go to Wikipedia where the word murder is defined as "the result of an act or omission by which deprives of life to another person either intentionally or negligently", we can clearly say that abortion is murder, and even worse, is taking the life of an innocent child who cannot even defend themselves.
A fetus has a right to live, even if that means the mother has to carry it. A mother has a duty to care for her children when born. If she doesn't execute this duty, she might be charged with child endangerment, negligence, child abuse, etc. Therefore, the law forces a mother "to use her body" to take care of another who cannot survive on its own - ie: the baby/child. Why do we call it a crime when a mother starves her newborn, a helpless baby that will die without the efforts of others, and then not call it a crime when the mother kills her baby inside the womb? Why do we excuse the latter as "abortion" and not call it what it is, murder? I think that abortion as an acceptable scenario is beginning to destroy the idea that a mother owes any duty to her children. If she could have murdered the child without ANY consequences when it was in her womb, why should she have to work hard to take care of it outside the womb? What changed? It is because of questions like these that I see abortion as simply a way for a person to be completely selfish and to put their needs 100% ahead of their children's needs. It is a way for people to legally murder their children so that they have easier lives.
Although in many countries civil law recognizes the practice of abortion as something legal does not mean it will be accepted by the law of God. The abortion is an abominable sin in the eyes of God. In the Bible it is written that God recognizes a baby as a way of life from the moment it is conceived in the womb of the mother. A pregnancy is a divine blessing and God has a purpose for that child before birth. If God enabled the mother to conceived this child, who are we to interrupt those plans of our Lord.
First, the unborn possesses personal attributes such as sin and joy. In Psalm 51:5, David says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” In Luke 1:44, “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.”
Second, the Bible also uses personal pronouns to describe unborn children. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Matthew 1:20-21 states, “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’”
Third, regarding the conception of Jesus, Matthew 1:20 says, “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.’” The fact that the angel tells Joseph that “the Child who has been conceived” is “of the Holy Spirit” indicates that Jesus certainly was a person at the moment of conception.
The vast majority of women who go to abortion are not aware of the many consequences that can result, and the medical complications that can provoke. Mercaba.org provides the following list of physical effects of abortion: sterility, spontaneous abortions, ectopic pregnancies, stillbirths, menstrual disorders, hemorrhage, infection, shock, coma, perforated uterus, peritonitis, blood clots passengers, fever / cold sweats, intense pain, loss of other organs...
Abortion can cause both short-term and long-term physical complications, and can significantly affect a woman's ability to have healthy future pregnancies. Physical complications include cervical lacerations and injury, uterine perforations, bleeding, hemorrhage, serious infection, pain, and incomplete abortion. Risks of complications increase with gestational age and are dependent upon the abortion procedure. Long-term physical consequences of abortion include future preterm birth and placenta previa (improper implantation of the placenta) in future pregnancies. Premature delivery is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy, as well as respiratory, brain, and bowel abnormalities. One recent large-scale evaluation published in Pediatrics, has concluded that preterm birth is the most frequent cause of infant death in the U.S. Pregnancies complicated by placenta previa result in high rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, perinatal death, and maternal morbidity.
The consequences of abortion are not only physical damage, but also psychological damage that can mark a woman for life. "The mental torment I feel to knowing that I killed my baby ... I wish someone would have warned me” stated a woman who practiced an abortion.
A "pro-choice" research team in New Zealand, analyzing data from a 25-year period and controlling for multiple factors both pre- and post-abortion, found conclusively that abortion in young women is associated with increased risks of major depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal behaviors, and substance dependence. This is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever conducted on the issue.
Other studies also conclude that there is substantial evidence of a causal association between induced abortion and both substance abuse and suicide.
A review of over 100 long-term international studies concluded that induced abortion increases risks for mood disorders enough to provoke attempts at self harm. Researchers have also identified a pattern of psychological problems, known collectively as Post- Abortion Syndrome, in which women may experience depression, anxiety, anger, flashbacks, guilt, grief, denial, and relationship problems. Post-Abortion Syndrome has been identified in research as a subset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Further, studies analyzing the effects of induced abortion in adolescents have shown that those who abort reported more frequent problems sleeping, more frequent marijuana use, and an increased need for psychological counseling, when compared to adolescents who give birth.
Many women who have been victims of rape and are in favor of the practice of abortion because of this situation, say that they should not bring into the world a child that was the result of an unpleasant experience in their lives, because will bring back bad memories. My counter argument to those women, and other women that are in favor of abortion for other reasons that do not involve the mother's life being in danger, or malformation of the fetus, is that there is the option to give that child up for adoption, giving that baby the chance to live, grow and have a life.
According to Embarazoinesperado.com, each year more than a million and a half women practice an abortion, which mean that more than 4,000 unborn children are killed legally each day. It is unacceptable that with all the existing methods to prevent a pregnancy, women continue to practice abortion. It sickens me to think that even with all the consequences that mother can suffer, abortion continues to be accepted in the majority of countries, and that the authorities do not care about doing anything about it because it is a business; they believe it beneficial since it controls the birth rate.
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