An Editorial Essay For The Illegalization Of Abortion Many have pondered upon the meaning of abortion. Theargument being that every child born should be wanted, and otherswho believe that every child conceived should be born (Sass vii).This has been a controversial topic for years. Many people wantto be able to decide the destiny of others.
Everyone in theUnited States is covered under the United States constitution,and under the 14th Amendment women have been given the choiceof abortion. In 1973, Harry A. Blackmun wrote the majorityopinion that it’s a women’s right to have an abortion. Roe v.Wade legalized abortion.
Even though these people have beengiven the right, the case is not closed. Pro-life activistscarry a strong argument, and continue to push their beliefs.They feel so strongly about these beliefs that violence hasbroken out in some known instances. Pro-choice activists, on theother hand, also carry very strong points. They believe that thechild inside them is their property and it’s life doesn’t beuntil birth. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court decidedthat as long as the baby lived in the womb, he or she would bethe property of the mother.
Because of this decision almostevery third baby conceived in America is killed by abortion, overone and a half million babies a year (Willke vii). Manycountries have followed our decision on the abortion issue andsome of these include Canada, England, and France. Othercountries still believe abortion should be illegal, they includeGermany, Ireland, and New Zealand. Although many believe thatabortion is a women’s choice, abortion should be banned becauseits immoral and life begins at conception. Abortion is the choice of a women whether or not she want’sto receive one.
Under the 14th Amendment’s “personal liberty”women are given the right to receive an abortion. The 14thAmendment’s concept of “personal liberty” and restrictions onstate action is enough to allow a women’s decision whether or notto terminate her pregnancy. The right to choose to have anabortion is so personal and essential to women’s lives thatwithout this right women cannot exercise other fundamental rightsand liberties guaranteed by the Constitution (Paltrow 72). Thestate can’t interfere in the private lives of a citizen. Withoutthe right to choose an abortion the 14th Amendment’s guarantee ofliberty has little meaning for women. With the right to chooseabortion, women are able to enjoy, like men, the rights to fullyuse the powers of their minds and bodies (Paltrow 73). Aman can withdraw from a relationship as soon as he finds outabout a pregnancy.
There is no question of his involve t afterthat, he has made his choice. It is only fair to say that womenshould be given the same choice. If one doesn’t want to hold theresponsibilities of a child than she should be able to have thechoice of abortion in her options.
” Because contraceptives fail,and because they are not always available or possible to use,abortion is necessary if people are to be able to determinewhether and when to “bear or beget a child”(Paltrow 72). Coupleschoose the alternative of abortion so they can start or expandtheir families when they feel most ready and able to care forthem. Women choose to have an abortion because pregnancy andchildbirth can prevent them from keeping their jobs, from feedingtheir families, and from serving others in ways they considernecessary and appropriate. Pregnancy and child birth maydetermine whether a women ever gets to start or complete hereducation, which will significantly influence her ability tosupport herself and her family. The availabilit y of abortionmakes it possible for people not only to choose the number ofchildren they want, but also to create the kind of family lifethey have always wanted for themselves, to meet theirresponsibilities. If a women cannot choose to terminate anunwanted pregnancy, she is denied the right to the “possessionand control” of her own body. One of the most sacred rights ofcommon law is to choose and if a women can’t do this than theirmost important possession is taken away.
Abortion isn’t only awomen’s right, it’s a women’s choice. However, allowing abortion to be legal is immoral. A pre-born child is given the status of a “product of pregnancy” andnever seen as the miracle only a women can create.
Compassionfor the small one is drowned out under a demand for “rights”, butwhat about the rights for the unborn. “A women has a right toher own body” is an idea more and more women are realizing,but that idea ignores the unborn child’s right to his or herbody. Never, in modern times, has the state granted to onecitizen the right to have another killed in order to solve theirpersonal, social, or economic problems. the embryo is its ownbeing that should have it’s own rights to protect it. The zygoteis a unique genetic being (Zindler 27). If one was to abort anembryo than that embryo, that human life would never beduplicated.
A scientist that may have found the cure to A.I.D.
S.would be killed. There is a better way to solve our problemsthan by killing children. A fertilized egg is the most beauti ,most innocent being that we could ever create, and can redeemeven the worst of our mistakes.
This fertilized egg is not justa mass of tissue, for if it were than there would be no debate.A fetus feels pain. Ultra sound, fetoscopy, study of the fetalEKG (electrocardiogram) and fetal EEG (electroencephalogram) havedemonstrated the remarkable responsiveness of the human fetus topain, touch and sound (willke 64).
The fetus responds to light,heat, cold, and taste. Observations of the fetal movements insaline abortions indicates that the fetus experiences discomfortas it dies. One doctor who, the New York Times, wrote”conscientiously performs” saline abortions stated, “whenhe injected the saline, he often saw an increase in fetalmovements” (Willke 64). In another case, a film using mewsonographic techniques, shows the outline of the child in thewomb thrashing to resist the suction device before it tears offthe head. Then you see the dead child dismembered child and t hehead crushed (Edwards 40). This is murder.
Nobody who sees thisfilm will speak again of “painless” abortion. After the doctorwho performed this procedure saw this film, he never performedanother abortion again. But, many doctors still do performabortion, and in some instances a live child is killed.
“Aboutonce a day, somewhere in the United States, something goes wrongand an abortion results in a live baby” (Willke 76). Forty fiveout of six hundred and seven mid trimester abortions done inConnecticut in 1974-1976 resulted in live births (Willke 76). Inthese cases the child was killed in cold blooded murder. It isimmoral to kill, therefore abortion is immoral. Finally, abortion should be banned because life begins atconception. The individual sex cell consists of 23 chromosomes.It is only through combination, however, that the sex cellscontain the full complement of heredity units that defines ahuman being (Shettles 17).
This procedure of combination definesconception. After the merger of the two sex cells 46 chromosomesare present. This is what makes a human being. The merger iscomplete within twelve hours, at which time the egg is fertilizedand becomes known technically as the “zygote”. The inheritedcharacteristics of a unique human being has been established, andin no circumstances will it change (Shettles 17).
Nothing fromthis time on, until death, will anything be added. Thedefinition of alive is that a being is growing, developing,maturing, and replacing its own dying cells. It means not beingdead. At the very time conception begins the zygote is growing,developing, maturing, and replacing its own dying cel It’s alive.The single-celled fertilized ovum cannot by any stretch of theimagination be considered part of a women’s body.
This newliving being has a genetic set up unlike anyone else’s, totallydifferent from the cells of the mother’s body. It makes nodifference to assume that human life is more human post-born thanpre-born. What is critical to figure out is if it is or isn’thuman life, and of coarse it is human life. At 18 days the heartis pumping through a closed circulatory system, with blood whosetype is different from that of the mother. At 40 days the brainbegins to function.
In the 16th week motion has been detected.At 6 and 1/2 weeks all twenty milk-teeth buds are present.During the eighth week the baby’s stomach secretes gastric juice,and all it’s body system is present. The baby dreams, thinks,and feels pain. This is definitely a child, and no one on theface of this earth would be here if they weren’t conceived. In summary, abortion can be justified by a women’s right tochoose, but it should be banned because it’s immoral and lifebegins at conception.
Women have been given the right to have anabortion under the United States Constitution, but this right isstill being protested by the people that fight for the unborn’srights. Pro-life activists claim that its immoral because it issimply defined as murder. Life begins at conception is anotherstrong point brought up by pro-life activists. Before a child isborn it is given all it’s necessities to survive. Notice theoperative word is before. Before birth the childs heart beats,the gastric juices flow in the stomach, and all its necessaryorgans have been made present.
This is a child that thinks,dreams, and feels pain. Yes, some women may look at having anabortion to solve her personal problems, but in all, women areabandoning the abortion because it weakens their great strengths:creation, compassion and the ability to loo eneath the surface ofappearance of things. Maybe soon the abortion issue willreverse, and people will see the rights of the unborn as greaterimportance than that of a personal right.Bibliography: