Abortion: Buying convenience at the price of innocent lives?


From: John Paul Bickerstaff

The debate on the subject of abortion has been going on for some time now. Some people are still strongly advocating for one side or the other, while others have no conviction in the matter or are too lax to act on their opinion. However, it seems to me that, if the pro-life side is correct, the consequences are too great for compromise to be acceptable.

Science has shown that the unborn child has a life. Those who are pro-life will often reason that, due to this evidence, abortion is murder. The only thing that keeps that statement from being true is the law, for murder is unlawful killing of a human life. The pro-life side essentially portrays a bleak picture: that America has been allowing the killing of preborn children, and therefore lives. They claim to advocate, not for themselves, but for those who have no capacity to defend their own rights. As many of us know, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case in 1973 resulted in the protection of abortion by the law. It was said that it is a woman’s right to choose regarding abortion. Those who are pro-choice have fought for what they claim to be women’s rights, or their own rights to health care in this area. Of course, there are males who are pro-choice, but those who fight for their rights on this side can do so themselves, while those who take the opposite stance are fighting for the rights of those who are naturally incapable of speaking up for themselves.

The Declaration of Independence states the following:

“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 — That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it [...]”

If this is true, and if the unborn are among those who are endowed with these rights, then the pro-life advocates are simply exercising this right. I would argue that, given the evidence that the pro-life side puts forth, the risk that the act of killing takes place when abortion is done is too great. If the pro-life side is right, then for the past 46 years, we have been buying convenience at the very high price of over 58 million innocent lives.


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