The rights of the unborn



I recently watched the movie Selma, which is based on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is an amazing movie that tells a story and leaves viewers wanting to bring equal rights to all. Is there a group in America today that is being suppressed and need their own “Selma march?” It is plain to see that one group is being marginalized to the point of mass murder. More than 50 million babies have been killed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

Most people do not really know what the Supreme Court decided on January 22, 1973. They assume that the Court made abortion legal in only the first trimester of pregnancy and that it is subject to substantial limits and regulations today. The Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade did not create a limited allowance for abortion but a virtually unlimited right to abortion throughout pregnancy.

The Court ruled that abortion must be permitted for any reason a woman chooses until the child becomes viable. After viability, an abortion must still be permitted if an abortion doctor deems the abortion necessary to protect a woman’s “health,” defined by the Court in another ruling issued the same day as “all factors–physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age–relevant to the well-being of the patient.” In this way, the Court created a right to abort a child at any time, even past the point of viability, for “emotional” reasons.

The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that works to advance reproductive health, has conducted two major studies asking women why they chose abortion, and their answers have remained basically the same: Only 7 percent of women report that their abortion was because of a health reason or a possible health problem with the baby, and less than half a percent report that their abortion was because they became pregnant as a result of rape. That means approximately 92 percent of babies who are aborted, are killed for convenience.

Planned Parenthood does 27.5 percent of all abortions in the United States, which is almost 330,000. Fifty-one percent of Planned Parenthood’s yearly clinic income – their only self-sustaining revenue source – comes from abortion. That means Planned Parenthood makes approximately $164,154,000 a year for killing babies. There are 30 Planned Parenthood executives who make more than $200,000 a year. A few of them make more than $300,000 a year.

Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger once said, ”The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

In her 1922 book entitled Woman, Morality, and Birth Control, Margaret Sanger wrote, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.” That sounds like something a Nazi supporter would say, not someone advocating women’s “health.”

Some defenders of abortion will concede the scientific proofs but will argue that the entity in the womb is still not, or not yet, a “person.” We are either persons or property, and even the staunchest abortion defender will be reluctant to call a human child a piece of property.

At the moment of conception, it is quite clear that the earliest human embryo is biologically alive. It fulfills the four criteria needed to establish biological life: metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction. The new human zygote has a genetic composition that is absolutely unique in itself and different from any other human who has ever existed, including its mother (thus disproving the claim that what is involved in abortion is merely “a woman and her body”).

Approximately 90 percent of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of development. Few people know that at about 22 days after conception, the child’s heart begins to circulate his own blood, and the child’s heartbeat can be detected on ultrasound. At just six weeks, the child’s eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth, and tongue have formed. Electrical brain activity can be detected at six or seven weeks, and by the end of the eighth week, the child, now known scientifically as a “fetus,” has developed all organs and bodily structures. By ten weeks after conception, the child can make bodily movements. Denying the humanity of the unborn child is just as atrocious as The 3/5 Compromise, which stated that a black person was only 3/5 of a person in terms of both taxation and representation.

Some people believe outlawing abortion will produce back-alley butchers and countless dead women. This is a pathetic argument. There will always be abortionists willing to break the law and exploit vulnerable women for financial gain. Regardless of whether abortion is made legal or not, this destructive activity will not be completely eradicated (think of drug laws or laws against prostitution).

More and more brave women who have had abortions are coming forward to speak about how abortion was not an act of empowerment but the result of abandonment, betrayal, and desperation, and how it has negatively affected their lives.

The website, established by a woman who had five abortions, provides a place for women to help each other cope with the aftermath of their abortions. There are nearly 2.5 million posts. They tell stories of how they were coerced into aborting their children by boyfriends, husbands, friends, and family. They describe how abortion was far from being a choice. They speak of overwhelming guilt, nightmares, excessive drinking, drug abuse, promiscuity, an inability to form or maintain relationships, difficulty bonding with later children, and other ways in which they are suffering. One only need visit this site and read their stories to know the real impact of abortion on women.

The more abortion is understood, the more one realizes it is anti-human, anti-life, and anti-woman. Upon reaching Montgomery after his long march, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. The confrontation of good and evil compressed in the tiny community of Selma generated the massive power to turn the whole nation to a new course… However frustrating the hour, it will not be long because ‘truth crushed to earth will rise again.’
How long? Not long, ‘no lie can live forever.’
How long? Not long, because ‘you shall reap what you sow.’”

How long will we tolerate the murder of unborn children? When will the confrontation of good and evil come and turn the whole nation to a new course? How long can the lie of “empowerment” for women live? How long?