Casey Anthony was found not guilty of both first-degree murder and manslaughter of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. It was not quite the verdict many of us were predicting, given the number of “No way!!” tweets that practically broke Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Of course we wanted a conviction, because we want justice for a beautiful little girl whose life was stolen from her before she barely had a chance to live it. We crave recompense for a tiny body stuffed in a duffel bag, her face covered with duct tape. A conviction couldn’t bring Caylee back, but it could give us closure, make us feel like some small part of a tragic wrong was set right.
Outside the courthouse, Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez said, “There are no winners in this case.” He’s exactly right. Death is sad, and the death of a child is even sadder. The saddest of all is when a person ends a child’s life, purposefully (as the prosecution claimed) or unintentionally (the defense claimed neglect).
This is why I am so passionately pro-life. My heart breaks for the children whose lives are cut short before they even get a chance to take a breath. I’m sad for the doctors and nurses who perform abortions because they feel like they’re saving women’s lives. I’m angry at those ‘professionals’ that lie to women about fetal development.
It is not a clump of cells. It is a person. Her heart beats 18 days after she is conceived. All her body systems are present by 8 weeks, and she practices wiggling her arms and legs. By the end of the first trimester, she is fully formed, fingernails and all.
A 2005 study looked at the reasons why women have abortions, and concluded:
The decision to have an abortion is typically motivated by multiple, diverse, and interrelated reasons. The themes of responsibility to others and resource limitations, such as ﬁnancial constraints and lack of partner support, recurred throughout the study.
Only 1 percent of abortions are performed for rape victims. 6 percent more are for medical or health reasons, like the child has Down syndrome (90 percent of Down syndrome babies are aborted). That means that 93 percent of abortions are performed because the woman doesn’t want a child at that particular point in her life.
Much like Casey Anthony may have decided she couldn’t handle the responsibility of being a mother.
I am not pro-life because I want to squash a woman’s independence or freedom of choice. She can have sex with whomever she likes -- it’s not my business. I am pro-life because I believe abortion needlessly ends a life.
The only difference between an 8-week-old embryo and a 2-year-old child is time. I am pro-life because I believe all children should have a shot at life.
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