The Abortion Issue Is Simple: Babies Are People And Murdering People Is Wrong
When did killing babies become normalized within American society? Many would say that it was the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade that initiated not just a tidal wave of abortions in the US but also a cultural trend of death as a means of convenience. In fact, the case was never meant to make abortion a common practice; the argument was specifically over a woman's right to privacy under the 14th Amendment. There was also a question as to what constituted the rights of the states under the 10th Amendment to restrict such procedures.
The Supreme Court's decision in 1973 was wildly illogical because it ignored debate on the most important and most fundamental question – Does a baby in the womb have human rights and constitutional rights? This question was skirted by the Supreme Court labeling babies within the first trimester as merely the "potentiality of life." The court danced around the issue by asserting that the constitution does not specifically define what "life" is and when life begins.
The Founding Fathers never saw the need to "define" life and when life begins because at the time it was common sense that an unborn child was still a living human being. They never could have predicted that killing babies in the womb would come up as something our society would demand as common practice. Even though some of the founders were not orthodox Christians, they still held a certain common moral compass that would have made the thought of mass murder of children for reasons of convenience incomprehensible.
This was the stuff of Babylonian barbarism; a monstrous practice in early human history that Christianity sought to erase. Bringing child murder and fetal sacrifice back as a cultural phenomenon was such an outlandish idea that you would have been shunned from society just for arguing in favor of it.
I use the word “convenience” because that is exactly what abortion is – a matter of convenience. With the wide distribution of contraception, including birth control pills and condoms, there is simply no excuse under normal conditions for a woman to get pregnant if she doesn’t want to. Birth control pills are 99% effective, coupled with other means of contraception it is very difficult to become pregnant by accident.
No, most women get pregnant because they CHOOSE not to use these measures, for whatever reason. To understand why abortion is utterly reprehensible as well as unnecessary, we first need to examine some of the usual arguments in favor of the practice and why they fail on a rational level as well as on a moral level.
A Fetus Is Not Human Life?
A human baby develops a brain and a heartbeat at around 6-7 weeks, which is usually around the time that the mother realizes she is pregnant. However, the active signs of life are of no concern to abortionists. They question the very parameters of life, almost from an existential position. The reality they refuse to accept is that there are so many factors to human existence, as well as personality and knowledge that are inherent; meaning inborn.
This is a scientific fact. How much of a person’s “self” is determined upon conception? It’s hard to say, but we know many factors are already present. The question of defining life in support of the Roe v. Wade decision is bizarre. I say this because abortion activists are essentially making the assertion that THEY should decide what life is and when life begins. The Supreme Court backed them in 1973 because they didn’t want to take on the responsibility of defining life; they instead deferred to people who desperately want to end lives as the deciders and definers.
Abortion advocates and certain other groups (most of them on the political left) will say that a human being is a “blank slate” upon birth; a Tabula Rasa that only becomes human through environmental experiences. This is simply false according to science and psychology. Humans are born with inherent ideas of language, mathematics, physics, inherent personality traits and the majority have a sense of empathy and moral compass. Experience helps to hone these traits, but they still exist in the child without the aid of environment.
Because our understanding of life and the beginnings of human consciousness is so limited, and because there is ample evidence of inborn humanity, would it not be best to err on the side of caution and NOT kill children in the womb?
Abortion Is About The “Right To Privacy” Under The 14th Amendment?
First and foremost, if you are committing murder of your child you do not have a right to privacy. It does not matter if that child is still in the womb, the child has rights that are separate from yours. They are not a mere appendage of your body, they have a separate body and life of their own, and therefore should be protected under the law.
Is a baby just a “clump of cells?” One could make the argument that pro-abortion activists are just clumps of cells. Which “life experiences” make them more valuable than an unborn baby?