“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.”(United States Declaration of Independence)
Roe V. Wade, January 22, 1973. A split 5-4 decision forever changed and prevented many lives. Now, because of this monumental decision, abortion is legal, on-demand, whenever the woman wants one. Did the court make an educated and reasonable decision? Or did they overstep their bounds?
On July 9, 1968, the 14th Amendment was passed into law to protect freed slaves in their quest for “liberty.” In his opinion in Roe v. Wade, Justice Blackbum stated,
“This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”
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In the 14th Amendment, section 1, it states,
“…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The 9th Amendment states,
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
In the dissenting opinion of Roe v. Wade, Justice White wrote,
“With all due respect, I dissent. I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes.” He continued, “The Court apparently values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries.”
Upon reading this paper, you have reviewed the exact wording of the portion of the United States Constitution pertaining to the abortion issue. You have now also read portions of both opinions of the court. So how do you decide which side is right?
Consider the Pro-Abortion stance. As Justice White also included,
“At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons — convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. The common claim before us is that for any one of such reasons, or for no reason at all, and without asserting or claiming any threat to life or health, any woman is entitled to an abortion at her request if she is able to find a medical advisor willing to undertake the procedure.”
In his opinion, Justice White acknowledged the common reasons a woman would choose abortion. Evidence concludes the following statistics as stated in “Reasons Why Women Have Induced Abortions: Evidence from 27 Countries” V.24 Number 3 August 1998…
To postpone childbearing: 25.5%
Don’t want any more children: 7.9%
Having child will disrupt education or job: 10.8%
Relationship problem, or father doesn’t want pregnancy: 14.1%
Too young or parents or others object to pregnancy: 12.2%
The risk to maternal health: 2.8%
The risk to fetal health: 3.3%
What these statistics suggest is exactly what Justice White concluded. What has happened is that before this decision, the action of abortion was largely “taboo.” Now, after 30 years, the public perception of the truth has been distorted and desensitized. The truth about abortion has now become the “taboo.”
For example, George W. Bush has made the decision to call the “fetus” and “unborn child.” This statement has Planned Parenthood and pro-abortionists up in arms because what this does is open a pathway to show what abortion is. The murdering of children. Can you imagine? Well, what is in the mother’s womb? Is saying an “unborn child” wrong? No! That is what it is! It is a child who hasn’t been born yet.
Do Americans understand what abortion is, and how is it performed? In an interview with three prominent physicians, they go into detail as to what techniques are used. Dr C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr Benard Nathanson, former director of America’s largest abortion clinic, and founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, and Dr John C. Willke, former President of the National Right to Life organization. As you will note, this is an unbiased committee of licensed physicians who when asked to describe various abortion techniques describe the following:
Suction Aspiration: used until 3 months. The suction device rips the baby apart. Abortionists then cut and slices afterbirth from the womb.
Dilation and Curettage: used until 3 months. Using a loop-shaped steel knife to slice the baby in parts.
Dilation and Evacuation: Used from 12 weeks to 4 months: Stretches cervix very wide open, reaches into womb and twists and tears baby apart, and snaps the spine with a pliers-like instrument. The baby feels intense pain with no anaesthetic. The skull is crushed in order to remove it. Bleeding is extreme for both mother and baby.
Salt Poisoning: 4 months and above. Abortionist injects poison solution into the abdomen. The baby breathes poison and convulses until death (which the mother feels). Takes 2 to 3 hours to kill the baby, who is delivered vaginally 24 hours later-sometimes alive.
Prostaglandin abortions: An injection of a strong hormone that causes intense labour, and violent contractions of the womb. One complication – live birth.
Hysterotomy: mini-caesarian section. Womb surgically opened. Abortionist cuts the cord and lets the baby die in a basin, or chokes him/her to death.
How do Americans feel about the abortion issue? According to the Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll taken from April 30th to May 2, 1999, you might be surprised to know that it isn’t as divided as it may seem. Amazingly still, 48% classify themselves as “pro-choice,” while 42% classify themselves as “pro-life.” When you look deeper into the statistics, however, that is where the differences seem to fade away. When you put a face to the name, people tend to open their eyes. Only 27% say it should be legal under any circumstances. 60% say that it should be illegal in all circumstances, or allowed only in certain situations. Under what situations? According to Gallup poll 1996, here is what was found:
Women’s life endangered? 88% favor abortion, 12% against abortion
Women’s physical health endangered? 82% favor, 11% against
Pregnancy due to rape or incest? 77% favor, 18% against
Women’s mental health endangered? 66% favor, 27% against
Evidence baby mentally impaired? 54% favour, 36% against
Evidence baby physically impaired? 53% favor 37% against
Cannot afford child? 32% favor abortion, 62% against abortion
The sad truth in this is that 95% of all abortions are done as a means of birth control. Only 1% due to rape/incest, 1% to fetal abnormalities, and 3% due to the mother’s health problems (Central Illinois Right to Life). In 1996 alone, 1.2 million abortions were legally performed in the United States (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). There has been 40 million innocents killed (Ohio Right to Life) since our Supreme Court, our Law of the Land, went out to take a “reach” and extend to us, the right to kill our babies.
We could go on and on with arguments from the opposing side. One of the common arguments are from those who say, “Life does not begin at conception?” Many would argue back that, yes, indeed, that is an actual person in that womb. Not a thing, but a person. The difference between a normal person and that baby in the womb is only where they live, and their age. Science has proven that human beings genetic blueprint or DNA begins when the sperm meets the egg. “It is the penetration of the ovum by a spermatozoan and the resultant mingling of the nuclear material each brings to the union that constitutes the culmination of the process of
fertilization and marks the initiation of the life of a new individual.”(Patten) So those that say life does not being at conception are sadly, naively mistaken. Life does begin at conception. The baby doesn’t just pop out of there one day and all of a sudden it is a kid. It is an ever-growing organism known as a human.
There are many excuses/arguments that are used to vindicate this right to abortion we have. The most common is, “Women should have the right to choose! Don’t take that right away! My life, my body! You shouldn’t control what I can and cannot do with it!” What is funny is that the abortion issue has shifted from a “right to privacy” issue to a “women’s rights” issue. What about the choice of that baby? If you asked it, I bet it would tell you, “Don’t kill me.” Even if it cannot yet “speak” a language, it knows that when a sharp object is jammed into its skull, it hurts, and wants you to stop right away! Did slaves have a choice of being slaves? Did Jews have a choice when they were thrown into ovens?
No, and babies too, do not choose abortion. Sorry ladies, but yes, in America we have rules that are made to protect the innocent, rules that are made for the good of the people. You must follow those rules or suffer the consequences, one way another. It is not a privacy issue. Not a women’s rights issue. It is a life or death issue! It is not only your body, it is the body of another human being, another life, an innocent tender baby awaiting a chance of life. Stop hiding behind lies and excuses. The United States should learn to protect that life in the womb, and all lives. To halt this mindless misuse of abortion as a form of last chance of birth control.
Throughout history, women’s rights leaders such as Susan B. Anthony called abortion “child murder” and viewed it as a means of “exploiting both women and children.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we wish.” (Abortion TV website).
Children are being seen more as property, less as human. Instead of promoting abstinence, the only safe sex, children are brought up in a dangerous world of, “Me First!” In this world, there are no penalties for your actions. Instead of living with mistakes, or learning from them, an easy escape from the problem is readily available — abortion. Ronald Reagan once said, “…unless and until it can be proven the unborn child is not a living person, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.
You may remember that when abortion on demand began, many warned that the practice would lead to a decline in respect for all human life, and the philosophical premises used to justify abortion on demand would ultimately be used to justify other attacks on the sacredness of human life, including infanticide or mercy killing. Tragically enough, these warnings are proving all too true.”(Clark & Johnston 13)
Not only has abortion been proven to be unsafe mentally and physically, but abortion clinics also will not tell you the truth. Planned Parenthood will not tell you the truth. But the truth is out there, in statistics and in first-hand accounts, and that is where people should look. Of course, the abortionists say it is a safe procedure to undertake. That is one common that must be challenged. Abortion clinics should be held not only accountable for their actions, but for notifying their patients of possible consequences. It is morally wrong to take another person’s life, especially if that person has not done anything wrong other than a wish to live. Dr Randall, an abortionist doctor, was quoted as saying, “They (the women) are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heartbeat, they wouldn’t want to have an abortion.” (abortionfacts.com)
Some day, Roe v. Wade will be overturned. When that day occurs, the truth will come out to the public, and the public’s eyes will open. We will be proud to protect the sanctity of life for what it is. We will protect our unalienable right to liberty, happiness, and above all, our right to life.
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