BY ROBERT HILBIG ‘16
On January 22, 1973, in the infamous Roe v. Wade court case, the Supreme Court of the United States made the decision that abortion would be legal in all 50 states. Pro-choice advocates, more accurately pro-abortion advocates, argue that the fetus is merely a part of the mother and that the government should not interfere with a mother’s right to do what she wishes with her own body. Prolife advocates argue that the child is a unique and sacred human life and that the killing of any unborn child is the murder of an innocent human being. I believe that being prolife protects the fundamental right of every human being; the right to life.
In essence, the idea of an abortion comes in a situation where the mother has been convinced by herself or others that there are no other options than to end the life of her child. This very idea is ridiculous, as there are always other options. Their concerns for having this child can be medical, social, or other, but abor tion is always wrong. If you choose to end your child’s life because you are afraid of what people will think or because of the situation you are in, then you need to reevaluate your understanding of morality and respect for sacred human life.
Many pro-abortion advocates argue that the child is not a human life and that it is just a part of the mother; like tonsils, an appendix, or wisdom teeth. However, it is scientifically proven that the fetus is a human life and in fact, unique and distinct from the mother. The sperm and the egg both contain human DNA and at the point of conception create a unique and individual human being that has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Once one can accept the certainty that the fetus is indeed a human life then all one needs to do is accept the immorality of taking an innocent life. The government’s job is to protect the innocent and by allowing abortion to be legal it is failing to do its job. Yes, the woman has a right to control her own body but only to a certain extent, hence laws against drugs, suicide, and other self harm. However, abortion does not involve the right of one body but rather the right of two.
A woman can not decide to end her child’s life because she feels the fetus is a part of her or that the fetus is incapable of choosing life or death. Imagine if you were a self-conscious fetus in your mother’s womb and she gave you the option to live or die, what would you choose? Where you are (in the womb or outside the womb) and your ability to voice an opinion should not be the difference in whether you live or die.
“Just because I will never know what it is like to go through pregnancy does not mean I can’t believe that the taking of an innocent human life is immoral and evil.”
One argument pro-abortion advocates tend to lean on is the premise that males can’t give an accurate judgment on abortion because they will never know what it is like to be pregnant. Out of all the arguments for abortion, this one makes the least sense. Are there not millions of women in the United States who are against abor tion? Are there not millions of women in the United States against abortion who have never been pregnant? One’s gender does not dictate whether or not that person can make a moral decision. I, as a male, am fully capable of making a moral decision based on what is right.
Just because I will never know what it is like to go through pregnancy does not mean I can’t believe that the taking of an innocent human life is immoral and evil.
According to www.politifact.com, there areover one million abor tions in the United States ever y year and over 54 million since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That number is greater than all of the Americans killed in battle since the Revolutionar y War combined! This senseless killing needs to be stopped. Your life is just as sacred and meaningful as the life of an unborn child.