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"To be, or not to be?"

or

 "Where do you draw the line?"

 

This latter question recently faced college students strolling through campus during the first week of spring semester, thanks to Justice for All, a pro-life organization that trains thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time.  The purpose of the question... stimulate discussion on human rights and abortion.   
      
Many Americans are in favor of pro-choice legislation, especially to protect someone who has been raped.  Up until 2011, I was also. 

I've never favored abortion, hardly anyone does.  Most people agree that it is a very difficult and unpleasant choice.  Nonetheless, I couldn't see myself as someone wholly pro-life.  The main hang-up I had was the thought of forcing a daughter to go through a pregnancy due to rape.  What I failed to think about was the life of the child.  What about his or her life?  Do they have a right to choose?  

Although evil can never become good, good can come from evil.  A child coming into the world, a child that is in no way at fault for the wrongful act of his or her biological father, is an example.  

"You saw me before I was born." Psalm 139:16 (NLT)

    
Thankfully, a Master in Theology and Philosophy explained his position as someone pro-life.  I also had a chance to attend a training session hosted by Justice for All.  Through this session, I became aware that only two percent of all abortions occur as a result of rape.  What about the other 98%?     

Rape is a terrible occurrence. Those who commit this crime should rightfully be punished.  Those who have been through such an experience should receive our consideration, love and support.  

In order to further discuss the practice of abortion, for the sake of the child, let's suppose a woman who was raped is impregnated and decides to keep the child.  The child grows to the age of two but at that time the mother decides she doesn’t want him or her anymore due to financial strain and unaccepting parents.  She decides to kill the child. 

Would this be acceptable? 

Of course not, it would be considered murder and she would likely go to jail.  

If it is not okay in the above example, how long after a child is conceived, but still in his or her mother's womb, should it be legal, if at all?  

"Where do you draw the line?"

   

1.  Perhaps a person would say that the time when an abortion is acceptable should be based on size, e.g. before three weeks of development or possibly three months.  Does this mean that a person who is taller or larger than you should have more rights?  Does this mean that a three-week old baby, who would just begin to have a beating heart, has fewer rights than a three-month old baby?      

2.  Perhaps a person would propose that the time when an abortion is acceptable should be based on degree of development.  A child that is five years old and can play a game of baseball is certainly more developed than a five-month old baby still in his or her mother's womb.  But is not a fifty-year old adult more developed than a five-year old child?  Of course, yet both have the same right to life.  That same five-year old most likely possesses within their body the capacity for reproduction, but that part is not yet fully developed –-a child, from the moment of conception, has all the DNA necessary to become an adult.       

3.  Perhaps a person would state that the time when an abortion is acceptable should be based on degree of dependency.  Since the child is still connected to mom’s body, and could not live without her, he or she does not have a separate life, and therefore, separate rights.  Essentially, the child is dependent on mom and since her body is her own, she should be able to choose when an abortion is acceptable. 

In light of this, let’s suppose you work as a lifeguard at a public swimming pool.  You’re closing up for the day when all of a sudden you hear a splash.  You look back and a three-year-old child has fallen into the pool. You are the only one there, the child is dependent on you or they will drown.  

Is it okay to let the child drown?

No, it would be a crime, even if you weren't a lifeguard.  Degree of dependency should not establish a right to determine when a person should die.  


I’m glad that in America women have the same rights as men.  Notwithstanding misfortune, they have the right to pursue any future that fulfills their dreams.  Those rights have been achieved over many years of social inequality.  What if the child in his or her mother’s womb is also a woman?  What about her rights?  The sex of a child can be determined by their DNA from the moment of conception. 

If a woman and her unborn child are murdered, the person who committed the crime would likely be charged with two counts of murder, one for the woman and one for the child.  Is it reasonable for our society to treat a child facing abortion as though they don’t have rights simply because he or she is unwanted?   

There are around 3700 abortions in America every day, 3700 Americans who were denied their God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

 

 

   
Psalm 139 (Wonderfully Made) by Danielle Rose

"In the words attributed to Mother Teresa,

"If abortion isn't wrong, what is?" 


For the relativist who carries his or her philosophy to its logical conclusion, the answer would be "nothing is 'wrong.'"

Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship and What To Do About It