Beep. Beep. Beep. The heart monitor continues for the last time. The clock says 7:15 p.m., and her body falls limp. The nurses rush in as the heart monitor flat-lines, indicating her death. Her body lay there on the hospital bed, lifeless, now at the disposal of the hospital nurses.  

The majority of pro-life individuals claim life begins when a child is conceived while pro-abortion individuals say life begins at birth. However, how can life begin at birth? If a so-called living person is considered dead after their heartbeat stops, then why is a child who already possesses a heartbeat, not considered alive until it is brought into this world?

Abortion is inhumane and should be illegal after conception. Adoption is expensive and not looked upon by many pro-choice individuals as an option instead of abortion; however, adoption is desired by the pro-life movement as an alternative to individuals unwilling to accept the consequences of the normal, biological outcome of sex, a child. The pro-choice community does not view abortion as murder, when in fact it is.

Frances Kissling, former President of Catholics for a Free Choice from 1982 until 2007, now an advocate for abortion and women’s rights states: “Abortion should be legal, a private matter between a woman and her doctor, with no restriction or regulation beyond what is absolutely necessary to protect the woman’s health” (Pickert, 2013, pg.40-46).

Abortion however, is the immoral killing of a human being with premeditated selfish intent (18 U.S. Code, 2019). Although claiming to advocate for women’s rights and health in this situation, Kissling is advocating for murder and the killing of the preborn.

According to the National Abortion Federation (NAF), “Each year, almost half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended. About half of these unplanned pregnancies, 1.3 million each year, are ended by abortion” (Dudley, 2003, p.1).

According to these statistics, twenty-five percent of all potential lives are ended before they have a chance to inhabit this planet we consider to be our home.

In 2000, 88% of abortions were committed up to twelve weeks after conception (Dudley, 2003). By this time, the young fetus’ features embody that of a human being. Nails and bones begin to form throughout the baby’s body, and a heartbeat is already present (Prenatal Form and Function, 2019). Scientifically, by this time in development, life is existent in the womb of the mother, regardless of personal beliefs.

In 1973, the court case Roe v. Wade legalized the killing of babies inside the womb of their mothers as a constitutional right for women to treat her own body with the respect she believes it deserves; however, this right is unconstitutional and should not be a right for women. Where in the Constitution does it state that it is lawful to kill another human being?

An associate of Planned Parenthood stated, “it is, and should always be A woman’s right to have an abortion. It is her body” (P. Parenthood, personal communication, 2019).

A woman has the right to her own body, but the choice to have an abortion does not only pertain to her body. This so-called right contradicts the laws set in play which prevent murder from occurring within our society. The only difference between the two situations is that in abortion, the life of the child, in today’s society, is not viewed as life.

A solution to abortion is adoption; however, it is not commonly taken advantage of as an alternate solution to unwanted pregnancy. Instead, individuals tend to resort to abortion.

International adoption rates since 2004 have continually decreased by more than 60 percent from 45,000 to just over 9,000 in 2012 (Rogers, 2018). These statistical decreases are likely caused from the increase in abortions. Many countries that were once known as the highest international adoption countries have changed their policies on international adoption. These countries include Russia, Guatemala, China, South Korea, and Ethiopia. While some countries, such as China and South Korea, have just made it more difficult for these adoptions to occur, now with many stipulations, countries such as Russia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala no longer allow for any international adoptions to occur (Menon, 2018).

Many pro-abortion advocates argue that pro-life does not offer “a way out” for scenarios such as rape or sex trafficking; however, abortion anytime is killing an innocent child inside a female’s womb.

Feminists today are a growing population of pro-choice individuals; although, true feminist ideals, such as those in the late 1800’s are reflected by Susan B. Anthony’s quote: “Child murderers practice their profession without let or hindrance, and open infant butcheries unquestioned…. Perhaps there will come a day when…an unmarried mother will not be despised because of her motherhood…and when the right of the unborn to be born will not be denied or interfered with” (Foster, 2015, p.6-7).

True feminist ideals are based on equality of the sexes and rights of all human beings, not just rights for oneself (Foster, 2015).

The fourteenth amendment of the United State’s Constitution states: “…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” (LII Staff, 2018).

Without a trial for every abortion that is sought to be had, according to the Constitution, life is being deprived from individuals, and this is unconstitutional.

Adoption is a safe and desired alternative; one which can change the lives of individuals who struggled with infertility. Today’s society must change if it wishes to see its population continue to grow. If today’s pro-choice activists continue to kill babies, one day, there will be no more babies to kill. Some people say an preborn baby isn’t alive, but if and when we have what is referred to as first contact: finding a heartbeat or a couple of cells on Mars or another planet, our society will rush through great lengths to preserve it, but they fight to kill the life we do have on this planet.

Not only are abortions killing living beings, they are killing the future of our country and our world.

At the United States Committee for UNICEF, on July 25, 1963, in Washington D.C., John F. Kennedy stated: “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” (Kennedy, 1963).

Something in this society has to change, or our society will slaughter the cure for cancer or the next Albert Einstein. The future is unknown.

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Angela Shredder is the author of a few personal and professional articles including "First Contact". She is a Catholic student whose goal is to spread pro-life awareness and views.

The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Human Defense Initiative.