It was 1973 when the US Supreme Court ruled, in favor of granting Jane Roe, “a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion”. (Roe v. Wade, 2010) This ruling ignited heated debates across the country ̶ Debates that have continued to today. Abortion is still an extremely controversial issue, and has kept us divided since the landmark ruling of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Politically, it has divided democrats and republicans, conservatives and liberals. Strong emotions and opinions drive both sides of the issue. Of course there are people that appear to be indifferent about what side they’re on, but usually these folks have chosen the pro-choice side. That is, they have chosen the side in favor of giving a woman the right to choose to have an abortion. The other opinion, pro-life, is in favor of preserving the life of the unborn child. Each side has their list of reasons for feeling the way that they do. As for me, I am Pro-Life, and therefore, not in favor of legalized abortion. My reason for being against abortion is three-fold.
One, it fails to uphold constitutionally, namely, that abortion violates a fundamental constitutional right. In the opening lines of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, we read these words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.(Jefferson, Thomas, 1776) The founding fathers of our nation were intelligent enough to pen these most important words. This is our foundation as a nation. Abraham Lincoln argued, “The Declaration is a statement of principles through which the United States Constitution should be interpreted”.(McPherson, James, 1992) Thus, if we ignore these principles, we cease to be the America, and Americans, our founding fathers died hoping we’d become. They are well known to us, yet somehow, they have been misapplied and practically ignored, especially in regards to abortion. How does terminating a pregnancy, no matter what trimester the woman is in, preserving the unborn child’s RIGHT to life? People always champion the woman’s right to CHOOSE, well what about the babies RIGHT? I don’t believe the founding fathers would agree that such a decision to pursuing one’s own happiness by ending the life of your unborn child is moral, let alone constitutional. Some might hide behind the idea that it’s a person matter that is only between a woman and her doctor. What about the man that help conceive this child? Doesn’t he have a say too? But even more so, shouldn’t we all be fighting for the rights of the helpless, even a helpless, completely vulnerable unborn child? Taking a life is never just a “private matter” but a tragedy and grave public concern.
Secondly, abortion, except in such cases where a woman’s life is in grave danger, or she was impregnated from a rape incident, though a life is taken, it is at best an irresponsible and selfish decision. Granting the right to end the life of an innocent unborn child is simply giving one a license to be reckless. Are there no consequences for sleeping around? For cheating on one’s spouse? Abortion allows people to live irresponsibly. It allows the general public to continue looking at sex, not as one of the greatest acts of fidelity and love, but a simply a recreational activity. Yes, people make mistakes, get drunk and make horrible choices at times, but that doesn’t justify ending the life of an unborn child. It’s pure selfishness. Some might say, well, if she has that child it will ruin both her life and the child’s – don’t’ we have enough single moms trying to make it on their own already? But I say still, what about the unborn child? Who is going to speak for that child? If a woman is not ready to have children, she shouldn’t merely have “protected sex” or get on the pill, she should take stock of her life, get it together, and wait to find a man that has enough respect for her and himself to commit to her in marriage and then start having sexual relations. Yes, there is no guarantee things will work out between them, but at least they made the responsible choice. Some may say, but what if they are not prepared or ready to bring up a child? Well then put it up for adoption? I know there are many couples that would love to take that precious newborn child into their arms and into their home. Why should abortion be the first resort?
Thirdly, abortion is immoral. We all know it is, but are too weak to stand up for the truth and fold under the persuasion of preserving the rights of one individual - the woman’s. Again I say, what about the baby’s rights? Why wont more people fight for the rights of the unborn child? Nevertheless, to show how we know that abortion is immoral I will give an illustration. To demonstrate this point, a man by the name of Ray Comfort, asked random strangers 2 moral question. He asked if you were in Nazi Germany and a Nazi soldier held a gun to your head telling you to bury some Jews alive or be shot, would you bury them? 99% said they would do it to save their own life. Then He asked them the same sort of question; only this time the soldier asked them to shoot those Jews with a machine gun. All of them said they wouldn’t shoot them, as they said they couldn’t kill someone. He then pointed out that it’s more merciful to shoot a person then to bury them alive, but they still felt like burying wasn’t bad. He then asked them how they felt about abortion. The majority just said they felt it was the woman’s choice. He then contrasted the holocaust to modern day abortion, and how in America over 50 million babies are aborted every year. He then asked them “When is it ok to kill a baby while it is in the womb? “Though some tried to wiggle their way out of this situation, all the people were stuck at that point. At this point, they had to concede. They had to admit that there is no justifiable time when it’s okay to kill a baby in the womb. However, they were only were able to think clearly about the issue was when they were forced to look at it from a fresh perspective – a perspective that forced them to consider that a “fetus”, a Latin term and favorite of the pro-choice supporters (as it cloaks the truth of the matter), is nothing more and nothing less than an unborn child. Yes, a fetus is truly a baby, not a blob, it a baby, not just a molecular blob, it’s a baby not a maybe, but it’s a sweet little innocent baby!
At a mere six weeks, an unborn baby’s heart starts to beat. It already has DNA at work sequencing out all the genes it has received from mom and dad. Its’ brain is divided into 5 parts and the optics of its eye starts to develop. At 12 weeks you can clearly make out the eyes, the face, and fingernails and toenails begin to appear. The face begins to more clearly resemble that of a typical baby’s face. It starts to move in the womb, can suck its thumb and even can get the hiccups. At 18 weeks the baby can hear, can get startled even by loud noises and starts having recognizable rest periods. At 24 weeks the baby could actually be born and live. Yet still in so many people minds, this is not a baby? How is it that the media, politicians and woman’s rights activists, could hoodwink people! But the reality of the situation is that it in fact is a life, an innocent life, a pulsating, breathing, and if given the chance develop, tiny litter person. However, abortion cuts off this process of life. A process every human being has to go through before being birthed into this world. Shouldn’t a woman’s womb be the safest place for a baby to be? I believe, just like it had been even just 100 years ago, that a woman’s womb should be the safest place for a baby to be. All these abortion clinics, modern day death camps, with dumpsters full of the body parts of unborn children should be closed. Therefore I am and will be until I die, against the legalization of abortion: the murder of a helpless and innocent human life.
However, nobody should have the right to force a woman to preserve the pregnancy against her will. Should not beget for unwanted children. Abortion is never subjected to a ban if lawmakers were not men.
If a woman does not have the right to freely dispose of her body, including reproductive function and control, then it generally is no real freedom. Defenders of abortion rights usually come from the fact that the government should not interfere in the private lives of women, deciding the fate for them come pregnancy. They believe that every woman should have a choice - do abortion or not, when they stressed that the presence of such a choice does not force anyone to a particular decision. In addition, it is noted that no one should be required by law to risk their health, yet when a complete ban on abortion, many pregnant women are exposed to hazards associated with gestation and childbirth, as well as unsafe abortions. Finally, opponents of the ban on abortion fear that if the government is allowed to impose restrictions to ensure the right to life of every zygote or embryo each business can reach up to compulsory regulation lifestyle of pregnant women. Someone will require, for example, prohibit them from smoking, drinking alcohol or hard physical work on the basis that it could all pose a risk to the health of the developing fetus, and thus to a "potential human person." Many of those who took a liberal position on abortion, see in the philosophy of some of his opponents of hypocrisy. For example, the " liberals " asked if "every child born would be for someone welcome “, then why tens of thousands of children (congenital anomalies or chronic diseases) were not adopted by those who so insists on anti-abortion? And why is " prohibitive " seems to be more concerned about protecting unborn beings than a necessity to improve the socio-economic position of the mass of impoverished people already born in this world? Another argument advanced in support of the liberal position is that aborted (spontaneously or artificially) the fetus can not be a Christian burial or baptism, so that the church actually believes his human personality (Thomas Anthony Shannon, 1993).
Abortion - the only operation that is done in the absence of disease and harmful to health
Complications of the uterus - is primarily cervical laceration, bleeding, perforation, and rupture of the uterus. The most common methods of abortion involve working inside the uterus "blind”, so that the risk of damage to the cervix or the uterus is very high. Depending on the size and location of the damage produced or suturing, or complete removal of the uterus (hysterectomy). In addition, after multiple scraping of the uterine wall may become thinner so that the child bearing becomes impossible. In this case, the woman should sterilization. Inflammatory processes in the uterus often result from infection or injured neck of the uterus during the abortion. It should be noted that this differs Persistent inflammation over long, and it is extremely difficult to cure. This may result in habitual miscarriage and infertility.
Inflammatory processes in the pelvis - Options (inflammation parauterine fiber) andesite (inflammation of the uterus), and peritonitis (inflammation of the pelvic peritoneum and the entire peritoneum) - all these diseases can develop as a result of infection during an operation to abortion. Outcome of these diseases can be sterility women, and in some cases even its destruction.
Complications after abortion can occur in women after some time (after a few months or even a few years). 18% of women two months after made abortion develop a chronic inflammation of the uterus, 11% - cervical erosion, 7% - endocervicitis, 4% - various menstrual disorders. Two years after the abortion made these figures are increased several times (Schroedel).
One of the most serious complications of abortion in nulliparous women is a sharp increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. As you know, this type of cancer is the first cause of death from cancer worldwide. Studies show that in nulliparous women who have abortions, the likelihood of developing breast cancer increased by 300%, and if this woman had several abortions, and her first child was born not earlier than 35 years, the risk increases by 8 times (Schroedel). Understand why this happens, simply. First pregnancy begins in a special way to reshape and rebuild the cells of the mammary glands, preparing them for hitherto unused functions - development of breast milk and breastfeeding. Cell formation is virtually throughout pregnancy, and ends by the most genera. If a woman an abortion terminates a pregnancy and thus (the same applies, unfortunately, to a spontaneous abortion), the cells are immature breasts, their development is not completed. Such cells have a much greater capacity for malignant degeneration than finally formed, as well as have not yet started its formation. The risk increases the more, the more time will pass before the next pregnancy and childbirth, which will complete the rebuilding breast cells. A special place among all post-abortion complications of abortion takes syndrome. This syndrome involves a variety of symptoms, both physiological and psychological. Many of these symptoms does not bind woman with past abortion. The most common symptoms of post-abortion syndrome are infertility and fertility problems, premature birth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, depression, guilt, suicidal tendencies, alcohol and drug abuse, despair, desire to dominate another pregnancy, anorexia (lack of appetite and the desire to eat), nightmares of children, etc. Unfortunately, in Russia there are no statistics on the incidence of post-abortion syndrome, but it is safe to say that very few typed women who were able to avoid its manifestations in one form or another.