The Problem with Abortion

Jenny Erikson

jenny eriksonI am pro-choice. I am also pro-life. I know that on the surface, these two things don't seem to be able to coexist, so let me clarify. I am pro-choice to that extent that a person should have the ability to choose how he or she acts, so long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights of others.

I cannot steal, because it takes away another person's right to own property. I am pro-life because abortion takes away a human being's most basic right of all -- the right to life.

I feel confident that most people in the United States agree that people not convicted of heinous crimes don't deserve to have their lives cut short. The end of a life is tragic, and the premature ending of one is even sadder. The death of a child? Well, has anyone ever gotten through My Girl without at least half a box of tissues?

Yet somehow, abortion rights supporters have misled many people to believe that a fetus isn't a human being. Dead babies are sad, yet dead unborn babies are to be worn like a badge of honor.

I read two stories on The Stir this week that made me ponder why more people don't ponder more when that right to life begins.

The first story was the tragic tale of a newborn baby flushed down an airplane toilet. The second was a review of the TV show Friday Night Lights, in which a teenage girl gets herself pregnant by choosing to have sex, and then decides to have an abortion rather than facing the challenges God gives her as a direct result of her own actions.

The problem with abortion is that it's impossible to figure out where the line of life is.

A baby flushed down the toilet is a tragedy, yet a baby sucked out of the womb with a vacuum and thrown into a medical waste bag is a right? Why? What's the difference? Time is the only thing I can figure out. Therefore, abortion must be age discrimination.

Why is it that an abortion at twelve weeks is OK, but flushing a newborn down the toilet is deplorable? Does the baby have to take a breath for him or her to be a real human being? What's the difference between a newborn who just inhaled a first breath and one that hasn't yet? What's the difference between a newborn an hour before birth and a day before birth? What's the difference between a nine-month fetus and an eight-month fetus? Where is the line?

You can go all the way back down to Day One of pregnancy and never find that line. Yet many advocates of abortion will say that there is a big difference between a twelve-week fetus and a forty-week fetus. OK, I'm listening. Where is the line?

Where does that child make such a tremendous, instantaneous leap in advancement that we can actually start to consider him or her a human being?

The only place I can see that happening is conception.

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