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Fetal Rights - Protecting the Unborn
In this day and age everyone is fighting for the rights of people of all walks of life - rights for illegal immigrants, rights for gays, lesbians and trans-genders, rights for women, rights for the elderly, rights for the disabled, the list goes on and on.
Many of those who fight for the rights of such people are often very vocal and they join together in their fight in order to gain power and have a voice. But what about the most innocent, the most vulnerable form of life that does not have a voice and cannot speak for itself?
What about the rights of the unborn?
There are more rights for animals, trees and the environment than for the fetus that is developing inside his/hers mother's womb, developing to the point of being born one day - a life that began nine months prior.
No Chance at Life
Since the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States in 1973, there have been over 50 million lives who were not protected and as a result had no chance at living life.
I have written other pro-life articles and have had several people argue with me about why abortion should be legal and why the unborn do not have a right to be protected. A few of these reasons are listed below:
- The fetus is not yet a human life until he/she is able to breathe fully on its own
- Life does not begin at conception
- Population control
- Women's rights and the right to choose
- The unborn child has a disability
- Woman not fit to be a mother
- The woman was raped
- A girl got pregnant at a very young age
- The child would be born into poverty
Many pro-abortionists feel that all of the above are good reasons that abortion should be totally legal. But believe it or not, I don't believe any of the reasons listed above gives anyone the right to kill a fetus that is growing inside its mother's womb.
Fetal rights are necessary to protect the most innocent and vulnerable who cannot speak for themselves.
The Fight for Fetal Rights
The American Convention on Human Rights: Signed but not Ratified by the U.S.
In 1969, the American Convention on Human Rights was signed by 24 Latin American countries. This treaty which became effective in 1978, sees the issue of fetal rights as a human rights issue and states that from the moment of conception, human beings have rights.
Article 4.1 of the treaty states: “Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life."
This treaty is open to all who are members of the Organization of American States, an organization which has its headquarters in Washington D.C. The United States signed this treaty in 1977 but has yet to ratify it.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act: Opposed by Those who are Pro-choice
In 2004, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was passed. It was signed by President George W. Bush. This law makes it illegal to kill a "child in utero" without the mother's consent. The law defines "child in utero" as "a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb".
The photo to the right was on display as Tracy Marciniak testified in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. The photo was also on display on the floors of both the House and Senate during debate on the legislation.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act was strongly opposed by those who are pro-choice because Roe. v. Wade states that according to the Fourteenth Amendment, the human fetus is not a "person" and that if the fetus were a "person," then he or she would have a constitutional right to life.
At the time this bill was proposed, Senator John Kerry stated, "I have serious concerns about this legislation because the law cannot simultaneously provide that a fetus is a human being and protect the right of the mother to choose to terminate her pregnancy."
Nebraska's Fetal Pain Law: Deterring Late-term Abortions
On October 15, 2010 Nebraska passed an unprecedented law under the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The law passed based on medical evidence which demonstrated that a fetus can feel pain by 22 weeks (six months) gestation. Since then the following states have passed similar laws giving babies in the womb added protection from late-term abortions:
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
Two other states, Georgia and Idaho have pending litigation regarding laws adhering to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Please Don't Harm Your Unborn Child
The United States is a champion for fetal rights when it comes to the actual health of the fetus. We as a country try to encourage pregnant women not to smoke, drink or do drugs because of the harmful effects these behaviors have on a fetus.
In fact some women in this country have been prosecuted or arrested under child abuse laws when their destructive behavior affects their unborn child.
How can we be for the health of a fetus but not for its life at the same time? Fetal rights shouldn't end at just making sure the fetus has a right to be healthy, fetal rights should ensure that the fetus has a right to continued life.
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