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Talk about Abortion


For centuries abortion was a little discussed “dark corner” subject, something with which someone's friend's, cousins, aunt's, neighbor's daughter was involved with.  Since 1973, the passing of Roe vs. Wade, abortion has come into the bright spotlight of social continuousness.  The ?? from both sides, the pro life and pro choice, has resulted in a raging inferno of ethical debate.  The Internet and other media are swimming with information for and against both views.  The three main arguments boil down to who does it affect, when life begins and human rights.

Abortion affects everyone involved, from the mother, father, parents, and family to the unborn child. “Trauma is often experienced in both men and women after the abortion experience, due to unresolved psychological, physical and spiritual aspects. Symptoms are similar to those in any post traumatic stress disorder.” Some of those symptoms are: Depression, guilt, anger, suicidal urges, difficulty with relationships and flashbacks.  This is just a short list of the many issues that can occur.  Some people seem better able to deal with the after affects of abortion, while others are permanently effected.  "In the majority of these cases, the pregnant victim's problems stem more from the trauma of rape than from the pregnancy itself."  One women wrote, “I feel so empty! I went against everything I believed in because I lacked courage. I was raped, and got pregnant. It wasn't my baby's fault I was assaulted. Why did I sacrifice my childs' life? Nobody told me the abortion would hurt more emotionally than the rape! - MS”.    I would even say that it affects the Doctors that perform the abortion.  The next subject has started many heated debates.

When life begins?  For most people this issue is the basis of their fight whether it is for or against abortion.  This is how I feel and cannot say it any better than this, “Day 1, of the 200,000 sperm that try to penetrate the mother's egg cell, only one succeeds.  At that very moment, a new and unique individual is formed.  All of the inherited features of this new person are already set - whether it's a boy or girl, the color of the eyes, the color of the hair, the dimples of the cheeks and the cleft of the chin.  He or she is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all this person will ever become”.

Earlier I stated that the Doctors would be affected this is one reason why.  “Abortion is called a “choice”.  What is really chosen is the killing of a human being.  The methods differ  but the results are the same - a dead baby.  Even abortion supporters admit this.  Dr. Malcom Watts, writing a pro-abortion piece for the California Medical Association said: “ has been necessary to separate the idea of abortion from the idea of killing, which continues to be socially abhorrent.  The result has been a curious avoidance of the scientific fact, which everyone really knows, that human life begins at conception and is continuous until death.”  The real question is not about “choice.”  It is whether we have the right to kill over 4,000 human beings a day, for any reason.”  The numbers are staggering to think about how many babies are killed every year.  4,000 x 356 days = 1,424,000.  How can we do that?

The last argument is human rights.  Abortion denies the most basic of human rights, life.  My wife brought up a good point to put this in perspective.  “We look into space looking for one celled organisms' we call life, but we have to argue about a multi cell organism we call a human baby as to whether it is alive or not.”  Many will argue about having a choice on what to do and to not tie their hands. But it would seem to me that the choice that mattered, that of the unborn child, is being put aside for the choice of, it's inconvenient for me to have a baby at this time, it will get in the way of my career or I can't afford a baby at this time.  And the list most definitely goes on for choices not to have a baby. 

I say what about the choice of adoption?  My father used to do adoptions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints as a social worker.  He is very proud of the babies that he was able to place with parents that would love and take care of the new born child.

In summary, I always knew that I was pro life.  But after doing this project I now know that I am pro life.  The devastation to life that is caused by abortion: the death of a human being, the trauma of the mother and father, and even the doctors who do the abortions are all affected.  “In the past two hundred years. Over one million American have died for their country.  Monuments have been built and speeches have been delivered, honoring these American heroes.  America is now engaged in a war where there are no heroes, no monuments or accolades - only victim.  Our society has declared war on its most helpless members - our unborn children.  Since that war was declared on January 22, 1973, there have been over 35 million deaths.”  Let's make the right choice.

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