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For Christ's Sake, It's A Baby!

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Everyone, Abortion is about a woman’s right to choose to terminate a baby pregnancy. Overturning Roe v Wade is an infringement on women’s right to make private decisions with their bodies.

In fact, if we are going to stop abortion then why not make every man have one. And when we have deemed them to be financially and emotionally fit to be fathers, get it reversed. What’s that? the idea of regulating a man’s body seems uncomfortable? Then mind your own fucking business! … right?

The attack on a women’s right to choose will infringe on minorities, the poor, the most vulnerable and take away the woman’s autonomy to make her own decision about when to have a child. This is the argument I’ve heard over and over and over again. It’s why any opposition to abortion is just immoral, evil, and backward thinking.

So considering everything mentioned above, why I’m I pro-life? Because it’s a baby! I feel like I'm lost in the twilight zone when I see people celebrating the increasing numbers of women that kill a newborn baby in their womb and celebrate it as human progress

Let me clear something up, the overwhelming majority of pro-lifers including myself would agree that in the case of a threat to a mother’s life then abortion is moral. I disagree with the decision to not allow Savita Halappanavar to have an abortion. She was refused an abortion despite the chance of a definite miscarriage and suffering severe pain. Due to anti-abortion laws in Ireland at the time (2012), she was refused because the baby still had a heartbeat. As a result, she died from septicaemia. This was wrong.

However, the supermajority of abortions isn't because of the mother's health. For example, In a survey carried out in the U.S by Guttmacher Institute, they stated,

The reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman's education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%). Nearly four in 10 women said they had completed their childbearing, and almost one-third were not ready to have a child. Fewer than 1% said their parents' or partners' desire for them to have an abortion was the most important reason. Younger women often reported that they were unprepared for the transition to motherhood, while older women regularly cited their responsibility to dependents.

Aside from a potential threat to the mother's life, why do you expect me to support your right to kill a baby? The issue isn’t about regulating anyone’s body, it’s about stopping the killing of what I believe is a separate newborn human being growing in the woman.

As for the argument ‘my body my choice’, it’s a lie that makes no logical sense. Right now, in the UK the limit for abortion is 24 weeks. So, following that argument, it’s her body her choice, we cannot and should not force her to have a baby before 24 weeks. However, after 24 weeks, it’s no longer her decision, so the government will force her to have the baby? So, is it’s no longer her body her choice?

The thought of imprisoning women and doctors who carry out abortions is barbaric, but after 24 weeks lock them up and throw away the keys. if the argument was to make sense, and it was about the woman’s right and her choice to do what she wants with her body then abortion should be allowed right up until 10 months, that would at least be intellectually honest.

But we don’t why? Because at 24 weeks guilt kicks in, we have arbitrarily decided on that limit because whatever is growing inside her looks human enough for us to feel bad about killing it, we have decided that maybe the bump is showing so it’s a bit weird to pull the baby that big out, kill it and maybe use the body as fuel to generate heat.

What changes from 23 weeks and 6 to 24 weeks that the killing of the baby is now justified? Some justify their decision to kill a baby at 20 weeks by the baby's lack of ability to understand what pain is. The babies are just too dumb to know what’s going on as they have their bodies crushed and life literally sucked away. Seem's like a morally sound argument to me.

Some will say bring the limit down, to maybe 16 weeks. And obviously, I would prefer that as it would result in fewer babies dying. But I think my point above still applies. In addition, who decides the line and the criteria are used to determine that line. How are we so sure it applies consistently to all babies in the womb. For example, they say a baby's brain isn't developed enough to understand what pain is before 24 weeks. But are we so sure some babies don't develop this at 22 weeks? The law can't be applied consistently, so even by that arbitrary rule we can't be sure some babies don't understand the feeling of pain as they're killed.

The video below is a 20 weeks old baby trying to get comfortable in the womb. Why have we given ourselves the right to kill this for arbitrary reasons?

The video below shows a scan of a 13-week-old baby in a womb. How many would happily watch this get sucked into a vacuum, have its skull crushed, and happily celebrate it as some sort of human rights achievement?

The argument for pro-lifers is simple, for me, I don’t want to see babies die. I’m happy for every father to pay child support, I’m happy to reform the adoption system to help find homes for unwanted babies, and I’m even happy to tax everyone more if it means we can facilitate some sort of social program to pay mothers struggling financially.

However, if you want me to stop being a pro-lifer, then show me you’re not advocating for a woman’s right to kill a baby. If I truly believe it's a baby growing in the womb, and trust me I do...Why would you expect me to be anything but pro-life?

I hope in the future we develop technology to simply remove an unwanted baby and grow them in another womb or lab so that the issue of abortion no longer becomes about women's rights. I think if that happens, history will look back at this period as a barbaric time period when humans praised the killing of babies as some great human rights achievement.

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