In America, we have aborted over 60 Million children since 1973 when Roe V. Wade became the law of the land. Proponents of abortion on-demand use four common arguments when faced with this tragic reality. In this article I want to discuss these four talking points and address each one individually.
#1 The viability of the Fetus
In this very common talking point, the pro-choice advocates point out that a fetus that is not “viable” has no inherent value or right to life. What exactly do they mean by viability? They mean that without the mother or “host” body, they would be unable to survive on their own. The obvious flaw in this argument is quite apparent when you apply this same principle to a human who is on life support at any stage of life. Does a person on life support suddenly become less human? Do they suddenly forfeit their right to exist? Do we suddenly gain the power to determine if they live or die? Of course not, this argument becomes quite absurd when viewed from this perspective.
#2 A woman can do what she wants with her body
This might be convincing if this were actually true in every other area of life… but again a double-standard exists for the unborn. If a woman walks out in public and threatens to commit suicide, do we all just shrug and say “she has a right to kill herself”? What if law enforcement is nearby? Will they just move along and let her kill herself? No. She will be taken into custody for psychiatric evaluation. Against her will.
Another clear example, we do not allow women to drink and drive. Why not? It’s her body! Yes, but she could hurt or kill another human, so this act is illegal, as it should be. When dealing with abortion, a woman’s right to choose should end when any other life is threatened with harm or death. Especially the voiceless child in her womb.
#4 We have enough unwanted babies in the world
As with the first two arguments, again we find this ridiculous idea that could NEVER be applied to any other situation. Should we gather up all the children of the world who lack loving parents, who live in poverty, who don’t have shoes or regular meals and kill them all? Do these precious angels lose ALL human value because they are unwanted? What about elderly people who are left in the care of state run facilities at the end of life, abandoned by their loved ones… do they also deserve death? When I consider the millions and millions of aborted babies, especially those that were simply “unwanted” I often contemplate which of them may have cured cancer, or become President. Sadly we will never know.
#4 Women who receive abortions are less likely to suffer mental health problems than women denied abortions.
This could be the most troubling argument I have ever heard. A peer-reviewed study comparing the mental health of women who received abortions to women denied abortions found that women who were denied abortions “felt more regret and anger” and “less relief and happiness” than women who had abortions. The same study also found that 95% of women who received abortions “felt it was the right decision” a week after the procedure (Abortion ProCon.org).
Many years ago I abandoned two cats on a neighborhood doorstep, because I was moving into a new apartment that didn’t accept pets. That decision has haunted me for nearly a decade, my wife saw how emotional I had become after the fact and returned to the home to try to find them. We never saw those cats (Pip and Scoot) ever again, and just typing about it now, makes me weep. The grief over that momentary lack in judgement, over that decision I made due to the pressures of life will follow me to my grave.
How much more would the decision to kill a child haunt a mother? The idea that a woman felt it was the right decision a week after an abortion… is rather irrelevant. As a man, if I AGREED that my wife should abort a child it would haunt me forever… and I am not the one having the procedure. Every time I looked into the eyes of a child I would see my murdered son or daughter and feel the blood on my hands. It would be haunting.
So how have we become so desensitized in America?
This question at one time puzzled me, but now I am desperate to know the answer. My guess is that this is multi-layered but it begins with the perception that a Human Fetus is not really a Human at all. The pro-choice advocates prefer terms like “lump of tissue” or “clump of cells” and nearly always refer to the unborn child as an “it”. Imagine if you approached a woman who was planning to give birth and referred to her child as an “it”… socially unacceptable right? Yet this is how another fetus in the same stage of development is referred if he or she is about to be aborted.
If you are reading this article right now, and you are hurting, in a dark place, feel pressured or are contemplating having an abortion… would you pause for a moment. Would you consider that in just a few short months a baby boy or girl will be brought into the world filled with life and love. It may seem impossible to you, maybe you can’t figure out how you will afford it, or continue going to school, or pursue your career or tell your parents. The reasons you may be using to justify this decision could be many but I would encourage you to consider all the ways a child would be a blessing in your life.
Imagine your son or daughter growing up, going to school, graduating and going to college, getting married and having kids of their own. One day you are surrounded by grandkids and even great-grandkids. You will probably look deep into your child’s eyes often and thank God you didn’t make that decision to abort so long ago. You will rock them to sleep in your arms and feel a love you could never have imagined.
If you need help right now, you can reach out to my friends at the Human Coalition by clicking on the image below or you can email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of all I want you to know that you are not ALONE. Even if everyone in your life is pressuring you to abort your child, you are not alone. You are loved and there are many people you have not met, that desperately want to help you through this difficult time. Reach out before it’s too late.