Abortion: Should We Legalize or Criminalize?
Abortion: Legal Right, Immoral Practice, Or Social Indifference?
I have gone and done it, I have opened Pandora's Box and mentioned the word abortion. I thought of many topics to write about, but abortion seemed the least likely since I am a man and since I can see both sides of the issue. I will both promote and defend this topic and at the end will make it a goal to decide since I have been on the fence for so long. The questions raised are if abortion is murder, if abortion is a mode of convenience for birth control or population control, or if abortion is an effective way to treat specific types of pregnancies which would otherwise result in a dangerous medical condition.
Let's Start At the Conception
I would say to anyone, the best way to avoid the issue of abortion is to not have sex. Abstinence is a 99.99% chance not to result in a pregnancy issue, with the exception being the Immaculate Conception. Not having sex is difficult for most people because of urges, sexual health, and the good feelings they produce. Sex is also important in a relationship as a demonstration of intimacy and a reflection of feelings. Our society in the United States was founded on Christian values, so bottom line, is sex out of wedlock considered a sin? It is the belief of the Christian dogma fornication is a sin. Fornication is the consensual sexual relationship between two people who are not married to one another. So, the best way for us as a society to prevent, delay or eliminate abortion issues is to teach our children morality and to not have sex before marriage.
What If I wish to Fornicate?
Since we live in a society of freedom and rights, you have the right to fornicate at your discretion. You find a mate, you care enough for to have coitus, whether it is for lust or for love, and you do not use any method of birth control. By applying this method of coitus without birth control, you are allowing the probability of the chance of getting pregnant to the odds being for pregnant and bringing a child(ren) into world. Using an objective eye, I would say, entering the world of fornication is dangerous and being a willing participant, you must accept the consequences of your actions. I could use an example of the older generation example of a couple, upon finding out they are pregnant, they get married to prevent the woman from cultural shame of being a single parent, but we protect and revere our single parents nowadays, so the point of morality of having a child out of wedlock is moot. Our society not only advocates fornication through media, winks, and punchlines, but applauds the participants as a type of coming-of-age achievement.
Abortion Should Be Legal?
Abortion is legal in all 50 states since 1973 after the legal case of Roe vs Wade made it a choice a person has to terminate a pregnancy within the first trimester of conception (the first three months of being pregnant) . So, abortion is legal, medical insurance pays for some abortions and some abortion clinics do not accept medical insurance. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization which promotes safe sexual practices, they give out condoms and give counseling to people both pregnant or not pregnant on the dynamics of coitus and its repercussions. Since there is a separation of church and state, the government may impose their own morality as a law to protect its citizens. Considering children in the womb are not register voters, their rights are unheard.
What Happens If I Am Pregnant?
I have always heard parents consider the sexual health talk they have with their children as "the birds and the bees," which is inaccurate since neither birds nor bees has sex for pleasure. As I understand the saying comes from American naturalist John Burroughs; In 1875, he published a set of essays entitled 'Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and other Papers' which was meant to convey topics to children describing the essence of nature and its workings in the world. I believe the talk should be called "the Dos and the Don'ts" which modern day children may better understand the concepts.
A man and a woman have coitus without a condom and without a woman using any method of birth control. The man ejaculates semen into the vaginal canal, semen are living organisms which carry DNA and chromosomes of the carrier. Semen have a flagella which is a tail with allows them to swim into the canal and look for a location to thrive, which is in a woman's egg. There are millions of sperm, some living and some not living ejaculated into the vaginal canal and head for the woman's egg. Once the sperm/semen reach the egg, they attempt to penetrate the membrane of the egg, and if successful, the semen enters and will survive, the others will die off, having no other place to live, die in the canal and leak out. The sperm inside the egg is the creation of a child(ren) The woman is now pregnant.
Now the argument starts about abortion, since the sperm is alive and growing in the egg, is it considered a life? Yes, by all definitions, life begins when the sperm enters the egg because the sperm is alive and can only live within the egg. The main argument with Roe vs Wade is the living sperm is not considered human until after the third month because the sperm grows into a fetus, which is considered human. The first two weeks, the sperm is surviving, then the third week the sperm is fertilizing, which means the sperm and egg grow together and join the 46 chromosomes of a human, 23 from each parent. The sperm is now a zygote and starts to divide cells rapidly into developing all of the parents traits. During this time forward, the zygote is protected and nourished by the female's outer cells, which become membranes.
Until the fourth month, the sperm is now a embryo and arrives in the uterus. In the sixth week, the child has a heart and blood begins to pump the child's heart and facial features begin to form. Arms and legs begin to appear and the child is in a "C" position, or the fetal position. Within the first 12 weeks of conception the child develops all of the following features: A brain, a heart, arms and legs, fingers and toes, fingernails and toenails, a face, and genitals. So by all scientific definitions, within the first two weeks of a pregnancy, the child is a human. An abortion after the first two weeks would be killing a human by all scientific definitions.
Why Do People Get Abortions?
I have read all the statistics about why someone would get an abortion and I believe it would be reckless to document, because abortion on a macro level is poorly categorized since it is legal. The reasons for an abortion given are: because they cannot afford a child, because they do not want a child, because they are too young to have a child (their personal belief because scientifically they are not too young by virtue of being pregnant), because the relationship did not work out, because of convenience; such as being in school, or job considerations or by current situations the person finds themselves in and a child would interfere, and a small minority of pregnancies are from rape or an incestuous relationship.
What Should Society Do?
Before writing this article, I remained indifferent to the subject of abortion because I am a man, because I was not aware of the development of a child, and I should not concern myself with trying to set society on a moral pathway. I have been swayed to believe abortion is in fact killing of a human life, regardless which stage/trimester of pregnancy. So is the murder justified by standard practices of society? In the Bible, many people misquote the Book of Leviticus as "An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, and use the phrase as a means to justify their deeds. Society puts people to death after they are tried in a legal court and found to be a danger to society and believed to be judged unable to be rehabilitated due to the heinous nature of their crime(s).
Since it has been scientifically proven sperm is alive during conception and a human form is developed within the first two weeks of conception, abortion is in fact murder by legal standards because the child has not committed a crime, but society allows an abortion as a remedy for convenience and for choice, without proper medical reasoning. Rape and incestuous situations should be considered based on an individual circumstance and not as a legal defference. To kill those who engage in abortion is also wrong and the people who engage in such practices are more heinous, because premeditation of murder is wrong, illegal, and immoral. Killing of a person who practices abortion does not solve the problem, but damages the cause of protecting morality. Murder is not a just cause as a solution to promote morality.
In conclusion, as a Christian I find abortion wrong because it is the murdering of a life without justification or provocation. As a member of society, I like to believe I remain open-minded to each individual situation, and think people should have a choice of what they do with their bodies, such as freedoms of religion, and freedoms of speech. As with every problem, there needs to be a solution, the solution is not to have sex until you are married, use contraceptives, and establish a control over your body. Educate your children on the proper venues for a relationship, the cause and effect of coitus. If you choose to engage in fornication, use methods of birth control, if not accept the consequences of your actions and allow a child a chance to live.