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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thinking About Having an Abortion?

Some suggested that my mother have an abortion but she did not and so I am alive today. My story in expressed in my video "Morning Has broken: Abortion and Pro-life"

Abortion stops a beating heart thousands of times per day. A human heart starts beating 18-24 days after conception, before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

I am not condemning anyone who has had an abortion, I do not have the authority to judge them. All I am saying is that life and the soul of a baby in the womb is precious , iy means something in this world, and we should think twice before taking that life away. What was his or her life suppose to be? What does her life mean now? What was the baby suppose to learn? Who was she suppose to affect? We don't have the wisdom to stop her beating heart, stop the life the surges through her. Peace.

Regarding Rape, Incest, and the life of the mother:

I, myself, was pro-choice for years. I felt that it was wrong as simply a from of birth control, but that in the hard cases it should be allowed. The thing to remember, however, is that in cases such as rape and incest, the child conceived is still present... Rape and incest are some of the worst, most violating, harmful events a woman can go through. No one can ever justify them. However, the life conceived in this horrible acts is innocent. The rapist often gets away or is given jail time. His child is given the death penalty.

No woman should ever have to make that choice. No woman should ever be violated against her will. But the biology--the life--of the baby conceived is no different than any other baby conceived.

Also, many women who have an abortion after a rape still feel immense regret and go through the same feelings of rape as they go through the painful act of abortion. Many women who allow the child to live feel that they have been able to rise above the evil act of rape by having their child. Nearly 1% of women getting abortions have been raped and we must always show them love and care, but if you realize that the child is a human being how can killing him or her make the rapist act less painful?

And those instances where the mother's life is actually in danger—where the baby or her will die--usually only occur at 5 months gestation or after where, if the baby was delivered and not killed through abortion, he or she would have a least a chance at living.

I do realize that other instances, such as an ectopic pregnancy--where there is no chance of survival for the baby and the mother's life is in danger-- require different attention. In these cases the baby can be removed from the mother, and as he or she is too young to survive outside the womb will pass away.

I am in no way condemning those 1% of women who have to make these tough choices in cases of rape, incest, and illness. It is not my place to judge them. My goal is to spread the reality of life in the womb to the other 99% of women who may seek abortion and their friends, relatives, boyfriend, husbands etc. Between 1/3 and 1/4 of all babies conceived are aborted. These little lives are snuffed out. If only we could all know the beauty that is every human life.

Regarding "Saving" children from abuse, neglect, disease, a handicap etc. by taking their life by abortion:

By saying that one is saving children from tough family situations, and those who may be born with drug addictions or HIV or a handicap, you are also saying that these children are less human or less deserving of life than other "normal" babies. Before we try to "save" those babies by killing them, maybe we should think of the beauty of their life, of the love of their friends, and their future impact on the world. Are the children with the above "conditions" who live outside of the womb, who are newborns, toddlers, teens, etc less worth to live because their lives seem much "harder" than our own. How many of us can really say they should not be alive? A tough family situation, a handicap, having HIV or a pre-natal addiction to drugs does not doom a person's life...Are we willing to tell all those people who have been born "abnormal" that they don't deserve to live or that their life is not as worthy or meaningful as our own? That it would have been better that they hadn't been born? I believe those people would disagree.

If only we all could look at other human beings no matter their race, health, sex, ability, etc. and say, "You are a human being. I acknowledge that you are alive and that you have the same right to live as I have. Though I may not understand you, I respect you as a fellow human on this planet trying to overcome adversity just as I am, trying to find happiness just as I am, crying and laughing just as I am, and above all else and most importantly you are alive just as I am alive."


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