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Just what is abortion? (07/09/2014)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

Winona

In my reading about pregnancy, what I come across is that between 50 and 70 percent of all fertilized eggs never implant. If we take the lower number, it is a crap-shoot as to whether or not the morning after pill actually prevents implantation. An embryologist at a Catholic University has stated that, in the first two weeks of pregnancy, 40 percent of the fetuses undergo spontaneous abortion without outside interference. In the next week, seven percent of those remaining do the same. So, roughly 50 percent of implanted eggs never become full-term. What this amounts to is that only about 25 percent of fertilized eggs have a chance of going to full-term. All this can be puzzling in light of the fact that the woman’s immune system must shut down, at least in the tube and uterus, for the body recognizes the zygote and the fetus as foreign bodies, and would thus produce antibodies to destroy them. (Contrary to the stance of pro-choice people, abortion is not a matter of the woman’s body, but, rather, of a foreign body that is in the woman’s body.) Perhaps all these spontaneous abortions are evidence that this shutting down of the immune system is not all that perfect.

Using the word “abortion” for any pill or device that prevents implantation in the same way as it is used for what happens at a clinic is just plain dishonest. It is just as dishonest as Sarah Palin’s cry of “death panels,” and calling for fair taxation as “class warfare.” They are simply slogans with no connection to the truth. How can you possibly abort something that was never attached?

People always have been having sex, and always will be. Life is messy; always has been. There is no point in aiming for a past time of original innocence because there never was such a time. If people believe that God created humans, then they must accept as fact that God is responsible for humans’ sex drive. In theory, reason should be in control, but strong emotions can take over, and rationality goes out the window. If the ardent pro-life people were truly interested in preventing abortions, they would get off their moral high ground and do everything they could to prevent pregnancies. Contraception can never be equated with abortion. 

 

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