“In the past two hundred years, over one million Americans have died for their country. Monuments have been built and speeches have been delivered, honoring these American heroes. America is now engaged in a war where there are no heroes, no monuments or accolades – only victims. Our society has declared war on its most helpless members – our unborn children. Since the war declared on January 22, 1973, there have been over 45 million deaths.” (National Right to Life) I intend to defend innocent human beings who are unable to defend themselves and whose lives are being threatened. I support women who give life not take it away, who despite the odds give birth and decide not to abort. My purpose today is to persuade you to support my cause.
Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by various means, including (brutal) medical surgery, before the fetus is able to sustain independent life. Roe vs. Wade was the most significant case in the history of abortion in America. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all laws in every state that in any way had protected the lives of developing unborn children. It legalized abortion in all 50 states, for the full nine months of pregnancy, for health reasons.
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Abortion was legalized because of the following three reasons:
1. For health reasons? Or should we say mental reasons? What we have granted to one citizen is the absolute legal right to have another human being killed in order to solve their own personal, social or economic problems. Are these health reasons?
I believe not. Health reasons are defined by when the mother is in a life and death situation as a result of her pregnancy.
2. Abortion was introduced because ignorance. The court ruled once and for all that unborn humans were not legal persons saying that “It isn’t human until it looks human.” This was ignorance of the time but we can not continue to live by these rules.
Dr. Ancona, an embryologist specialist states that “Technology has evolved so much and has proved to us that conception marks the beginning of human life. Microscopes, ultrasonic movies, stethoscopes and genetic knowledge enables us to see the reality, all of which go far beyond the limited knowledge obtained by sight alone.” If we have such facts before us, how is it that we continue to deny the reality? We have all gone through the same stage of development to become who we are today. If this stage were to be eliminated in our lives, we would not be here today.
3. Abortion was introduced due to discrimination against an entire class of living humans, on the basis of age (too young) and place of residence (still living in the womb). There is discrimination in the way the government acts towards women who after giving birth place babies in garbage bags or abandon, to those whose babies are pilled up in garbage containers. Why the different treatment, why punish one and not the other, why allow one act and not the other?
This brings me to answer the challengeable question “Does a woman have the right to choose? In the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, Mr. Douglas defended the right to choose. Abraham Lincoln’s answer comes down to us clear. His reply was “No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong.” Note carefully the answer. Many misinterpret the question. The “real question,” the first, most important and overriding question, is not “who decides,” but a question about the action itself, choose to do what? We must first ask ourselves, “Is abortion right or wrong?” Only then can we answer the question of who has the right to choose to do it. To do what? Kill innocent human life.
As we can see in these images, we have gone through a changing face of choice. This picture shows us that what is morally wrong can be politically right when convenient.
The religious choice found Jews unworthy to live because of their religion and race. This caused thousands of Jews to die during the holocaust . One race is not superior to another for we are all humans and therefore equal regardless of our raceor religious beliefs.
The racial choice found blacks unworthy to live because of their color. This caused thousands of blacks to be enslaved and killed in America they were held property of the owner. We can not judge by color and kill them for we are all humans and therefore equal regardless of color.
The reproductive choice found unborn children unworthy to live because they are too young to defend themselves. This has causes million of babies to die. We can not continue to believe that babies are not humans until they are born for we are all humans and therefore equal regardless of race, color or age.
Pro-choice Americans (to kill) are shortsighted enough to claim 45 million deaths as a result of abortion since 1973 as victory. Choosing abortion is far from rare — it is common. Some pro-choicers are also short-sighted enough to claim that abortion being common is a victory. If they do this, they are abandoning their original mission: to empower women. When a woman has an abortion, it does not mean she is empowered. It usually means she feels she has no other option. She feels her family, friends or church will judge her. She feels she cannot afford to raise a baby.
Forty-seven percent of the time, she has other children to support. She feels being a single mother will be much too difficult. She feels she cannot have an education or career if she has a baby. That is not the empowerment of women. The word “choice” is the perfect word for empowerment. But the simple fact is that many women who find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy are limited in their choices.
Pro-choice Americans support legal abortion when the pregnancy results from rape. Statistics reveal the following:
Social Reasons (given as primary reason)
Feels unready for 21 % responsibility
Feels she can’t afford 21 %baby
Concern for how a baby would change her 16 %life
Relationship 12 %
problem Feels she isn’t mature 11 %
Has all the children she 8 %wants
Other reasons 4%
“Hard Cases” (given as primary reason)
Mother’s Health 3%
Baby may have health problem 3%
Rape or Incest 1%
This chart enables us to understand the reasons for abortion. The facts reveal that abortion as a result of rape happens very rarely. Pregnancy from the outcome of rape happens so rarely that you might find it odd that only 1% of abortions are done as a result of rape. The following factors helps us to better comprehend the 1%. a woman is capable of being fertilized only three days out of her 30-day month. One-third of women are either too old or too young to become pregnant. 15% of all women in the United States of childbearing age are currently on a method of contraception. 68% of the assailants that penetrate a women’s body do not deposit sperm. This may be because sperm is live DNA that can be obtained from a vaginal examination which can serve to find the perpetrator.
20% of women are sterile.
15 % of men are sterile.
Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain which is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy.
So, if rape is not the reason women are aborting why should abortion be supported? In one study of 37 rape pregnancies, 28 pregnancies were carried to term. Several studies done across America reveal that women who were encouraged to use abortion in such circumstances felt that they had been put through the second act of violence, the violence and pain of the mechanical rape of abortion.
Worse than that, they stated feelings of being made into the victimizer of their own child. They felt that their baby had paid with his/her life for the crime of the rapist. Meanwhile, mothers who found support to carry their children to term, whether they opted for adoption or kept their babies, felt that they’d turned something horrible into something life-giving. The key here is support for both victims, mother, and child. (The Cost of “Choice”)
Our young women are lining up every 23 seconds. Women don’t need to be told that they are responsible for their current state. They don’t need to be told they are young and inexperienced and cannot imagine the difficulties of motherhood. They do not need to be told their children will be better off dead or, at the very least, with someone else. They don’t need to be informed of how awful their plight is. They need to be encouraged. They need to know that having a child doesn’t mean sacrificing everything. They need to know there will never come a time when they will be alone. They need to hear that it is hard, but that they can be successful mothers. They need to know they should, and really can, choose life.
There are better solutions we can offer these women who are also victims of abortion. Most women are not aware of the risks and dangers they face. Women are facing both medical and mental dangers. Their medical dangers are from infection, hemorrhage, urine perforation, castration, and death in some cases. Their mental dangers are caused by trauma, moral torment, confusion, desperation, distress, and depression. These mental side effects of post-abortion cause 34.7 per 100,000 women to commit suicide. Their emotional instability and despair prior to abortion make them unable to comprehend the threats she and her baby face.
Currently, 38 states have mandatory parental consent and 10 states have mandatory husband consent since 1990. Parental and father consent should definitely be considered and encouraged because they can offer support, counseling, and a possible alternative such as adoption to abortion. This is an issue that involves two human beings, the child and the mother, and the community as a whole should be involved because what is at stake is and should be a priority: human life. We should be able to offer these women unconditionally help to guide them through the difficult stages they encounter in order for them to overcome the fear that empowers them to commit such a crime.
I can only thank Bush, for one thing, passing the Partial Abortion Ban in 2003. This same bill was passed in 1995 and 1997 and was voted by Bill Clinton. The partial abortion ban opened our eyes to the reality and cruelty of abortion and the stages when an abortion takes place. During the full nine months, abortion was legal, until 2003. Banned I should say because the not very state has introduced it as a law. Partial Abortion Ban refers to an abortion procedure done to the baby when he is 20 weeks old and older.
This procedure is done because the skull of the baby is so big that if done otherwise the baby will be delivered vaginal and alive and could possibly survive because the minimum infant survival is 21weeks. This what not be of the interest of the mother who came to have her baby killed not delivered. So what is done is that the baby is pulling halfway and then the skull is crushed and the brain is suctioned and then the baby is completely pulled out dead from the mother’s womb and later discharged. Laws have been passed to adopt this ban in 30 states. New York State is not one of them in fact it is the state where more abortions take place in the United States.
As stated before abortion is now common instead of being rare or used for it intentional purpose in life and death situations. 47% of all abortions are repeated, according to The Alan Guttmacher Institute. In “Abortionist speaks” an interview conducted by Dr. Willke to a former abortionist. Eric Harrah, the former abortionist that performed 40 to 50 abortions a day, stated he had “clients” on whom he performed 15 to 20 abortions, mostly teenagers, emotionally unstable, in great need of psychiatric help who faced unplanned pregnancies. Eric Harrah, also stated that if young people had more awareness, correct counseling, support from the baby’s father, easier access to contraceptives, and were educated in their use, abortion would cease to be a problem and used as birth control.
Abortion has not only hurt are women and unborn children but it will hurt our economy too. We used to have 4 working people supporting one retired person, but because of our decreasing depopulation of working adults, we now have 3 working people supporting one retired person. In 2010 we will have to have a social security reform if our birth rates continue to descend the way it has since abortion became legal in 1973. For our generation, we will have one 1working adult supporting us which will be devastating. Women are supposed to bear 2 to 3 children to maintain the population.
You may think the United States is not underpopulated but that can be partially due to the fact that thousands of immigrants are entering the country but these immigrants do not pay taxes, if they were allowed to participate in our workforce and given the residential status they can possibly compensate for the millions of babies aborted each year. A complete generation is gone co-workers, college classmates, graduating students, successful entrepreneurs, career professionals vanished from our society. This is and will be the overall impact on men in today‘s and tomorrow’s future.
My mission is simple today. I have brought together this information on the abortion debate from many different sources and made it available to you. I believe these facts point to an obvious conclusion. You are free to accept or reject my conclusions but I simply persuade you to view the debate on the basis of fact.
I would like to share a story with all of you that has touched me very much and it is because of stories like these that I hold the position I hold today.
This may not be what you were looking for, but I wanted to share my story with all of you from somebody who would not be here today had her mother not taken responsibility for herself. Even if one person reads this and feels even the slightest bit touched, I have done my job. My mother became pregnant at seventeen years old, she believed that she couldn’t raise this child and she knew she couldn’t kill the child. Because of my mother‘s pro-life decision, I was adopted into the Brochon family and able to lead a happy, fulfilling life. And my mother and I made another family happy in the process. You can’t lose. I’m sure the months of my mother’s pregnancy were hard and unpleasant.
But she decided to give me the two of the most incredible gifts you can ever receive: the gift of life, and the gift of love. She loved me so much that she decided that she could not bear to kill me. She also gave me strength, courage, and a hero for all my life. She had the strength and courage to give birth to me, and for that, she is, and always will be, my hero. Would you really deprive an innocent little miracle of the chance of life because of your bad decision? If you give your baby a chance at life, even if you give it up for adoption, you’ll have a friend and an admirer for life. Life is too precious to simply throw away.
Michelle Lee Brochon.
Graduations have come and gone. This year’s high school grads are the lucky ones. They were chosen to survive. One-third of their should-have-been classmates didn’t. If we had had the opportunity to address this class, we would have said: “To the graduating class of 1996 — Congratulations on your graduation and condolences to your classmates who did not make it. Over three million of you were born in 1978, but 1,500,000 of your Class of ’96 were aborted in that same year. We might call this the massacre of 1978.
“At today’s commencement exercise, look around. Next to every second of your classmates should be a third person waiting for a diploma. But every third member of your Class of ’96 did not make it, and you are the survivors. Your class is part of the aborted generation.
“Because of your unnaturally smaller numbers, you will have to work harder to provide health care, retirement benefits, military service, Social Security and other benefits we expect in our society, and to provide these benefits for those very adults who have destroyed one-third of your Class of ’96.
“The year you were born in ’78, the US national debt was about 6 trillion dollars. Today it is over 35 trillion.
“When you were born, there were four taxpaying adults paying Social Security taxes to support one retired person. Today it’s closer to three. If the present abortion rate continues, by the time you expect to retire, it will be about 1 1/2, which means that there will be no Social Security for you.
“Because of your unnaturally smaller numbers, you will have to work harder to compensate for the taxes that would have been paid by your aborted peers who should be graduating with you, and soon becoming workers. Over your working adult lifetime, as you can see, this will be billions of dollars more than what you would have had to pay had your classmates been allowed to live. You will miss these 1,500,000 potential coworkers who were killed.
“You are not to be faulted if you were to tell those responsible to have themselves and their own children serve first in the military, to pay their own Social Security, to pay their own health care. You are not to be faulted if you tell those adults who aborted 1/3 of your class that they have lost all rights to the fruits of the toil of the remainder of the Class of ’96.
“But to do that would be even more detrimental. In spite of what happened to your class, we hope you will not be bitter, but instead will re-establish the American, God-centered Declaration of life, then liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as priorities in your life, and in that order. Congratulations on your present achievements. Push on to more success. And, above all, Have Your Children. Love them. Protect them.”
Thanks to Sam Nigro, MD for the above thoughts.
We still await the ultimate human rights goal which remains an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal protection by law to all living humans from the time their life begins at fertilization until natural death.
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