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Protecting the Unborn Child

Updated on May 29, 2019

With the current wave of many states in the USA passing anti-abortion laws trying to lure the Supreme Court to overthrow the Row v. Wade precedence, there are two ways people look at the topic: Religious and Science.

Religious Grounds

These people view abortion through the lens of their religion and the beliefs it has. They will cite religious passages from the Bible to support their argument in convincing manner. For the most part, they believe life begins at inception or near that. Really?

Beliefs in faith are fine but a human being does not start from inception, when the sperm fertilizes the egg or even a weeks afterward. What does God think about all this? Does life begin at inception even though there are no body organs yet formed to sustain this life? In the early days, the mother feeds the embryo. As weeks past, the embryo begins to take on human form.

Religious believers truly think that an embryo is entitled to human rights, the same ones we all enjoy as humans and these same rights deny a woman's right to abort via freedom of choice. The woman has no freedom of choice to abort at any stage.

Scientific Grounds

These believers are a bit more moderate, humanistic, in reasoning. Some feel that up to 6-8 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus is not human enough for human rights protection. Up to that time, a woman DOES have the freedom of choice to abort the pregnancy for whatever reason, as it is her body, her life.

Others feel that after the 6-8 week term, the woman's human rights with freedom of choice are negated, with some exceptions, and the child takes precedence. The child's human rights surpass the mother's and must be given birth.

Some of the state laws that have been recently passed are so carefully worded and infer that life begins almost from inception based upon when the mother knew of the pregnancy, which is crazy. They make nearly any abortion impossible, which is their intent.

Hypocrites?

All these anti-abortionists more likely than not, say one thing, do another, when it comes down to their family. If one of their daughter's became pregnant via a rape or just bad decision, they would have to decide. It is a monumental life decision that must be made in a short period of time. It is a decision that will determine a future that may not include your goals due to the financial requirements of raising a child, getting daycare. Having a child is fantastic, yet, very restraining. Not everyone is up for it nor can afford it.

Having an abortion is a woman's right. It is her decision and it will be her guilt that may haunt her long after. Religion should stay out of the argument.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      Actually for many women voting against trump is about abortion

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      10 months ago

      NOYFOB

      Again an issue that has distraction the presidential campaign since Roe v Wade at every presidential election. Accomplishing nothing but making real critical issues that could be solved not being heard.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      Great to have a woman's perspective Kathleen, but the whole abortion quagmire is about when does an unborn fetus obtain human rights so the government can protect it. Many think human rights do begin until the child is born, which makes total sense. Others, think it begins after 6-8 weeks. Creating a law based on one's religious beliefs creates this mess. Why should anyone determine a personal choice right whether to abort or not?

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      10 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Fact: The number of abortions in America have steadily declined since legalization. If you are pro-life, you want it to stay legal. Making it illegal insures that not only will the numbers go up again due to women not getting the medical information and treatment they need, but deaths of women will increase also. Last year there were only 10 deaths of women from complications of abortion. When it was illegal, conservatively 200 women a year died. (Not that most pro-lifers care about the women.)

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      10 months ago

      Who is that fair to? But I would say 1 month from when she realizes she is pregnant.

      My point is that this issue can't be solved because it is been going on for 45 years with the same arguments. My interest is that it is a red herring that could be better used for critical issues of the country.

      Remember when the presidential campaign ignored the economy as a critical issue in 2008. That is my point.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      The only way to be fair is to allow abortion for any reason up to 2 months. That is more than enough time for a woman to decide on whether the child should be kept etc. Once past 8 weeks, it can only occur for reasons mentioned by noyfob

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      10 months ago

      There is another view.

      Rape, Medical conditions, and health of the mother should warrant abortion. But, the use of abortion as a morning after solution is questionable for abortion. The difference is that the woman has failed her duty to protect herself if she didn't want to get pregnant.

      Women that claim they can do whatever they want with their pregnancy, have already failed the responsible test. And now they want to make another decision of great importance doesn't seem to be the best mind to make it.

      This is especially true where this is not their first abortion.

      Also the concept of equality seems to be absent when they make this unilateral decision. The pregnancy takes two to create, so why should it take only one to terminate.

      I have already excepted anything that was outside of the control of the women, but giving this unilateral kind of power to the woman doesn't seem to coincide with all the talk of the 14th amendment, does it?

      I would also except abortion where the mother was a heavy drug user.

      Planned Parenthood which is a misnomer should also encourage adoption.

      Finally, the law, especially the 14th amendment shouldn't be used when it suits groups of people. It should be applied equally for both sides.

      The man also has an interest in the baby, and especially in the case where if a baby is delivered, and the court orders him to support the baby.

      This matter has been bounced around since Roe v Wade every presidential election accomplishing nothing but taking the focus of critical issues.

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