One of the most egregious double standards of today, in my mind, is the argument for abortion. Everyone knows that a man who gets a woman pregnant and decides he doesn't want to be a father is a selfish deadbeat, but a woman who gets pregnant and decides she doesn't want to be a mother is suddenly "progressive"? Here I've compiled many objections to this violent act that I feel everyone should know. I've listed websites you can go to to look this stuff up. I'm not lying about anything. Please read this before you call me some Bible-thumping, far right, pro-lifer. Not since Stalin's Russia or Hitler's Germany has a human being been deprived of its right to life based on perceived social or economic uselessness. Not since ancient Rome's law of paterfamilias has a parent been given total control over the life and death of their child. But it's happening now. The state grants someone in one group complete legal rights to have someone in another group killed for their own personal or economic concerns. Doctors have turned a new life into a clump of tissue and many young girls into just another sad statistic. A baby is now only a "baby" when it's convenient.

Can they feel it?

Yes. As shocking as this is, it is true. By 8 weeks the neuro-anatomic structures are there. They have a sensory nerve to feel the pain, the thalamus to receive the message of pain, and motor nerves to send a message to the afflicted area, causing them to recoil and move around. Far from not feeling it, babies under 30 weeks have a raw nervous system which I tender and unmodified, so that they may even be more sensitive to pain than a born human (P. Ranalli). When the baby feels pain, nociceptors discharge measurable electrical impulses to the brain and spinal chord. (mountcastle). "At eight weeks of life a tapping stimulus on the amniotic sac results in arm movements . . . the primitive brain receives the stimulus, selects a response and transmits the response as a signal to the arm."( M. Rosen,). It is documented that the "fetal fetal baby's heart rate speeds up six to ten seconds prior to fetal movement. Is this conscious thought and planning? "(83 N. Lauerson). As noted in the book "Developmental Anatomy 6th edition", "In the sixth to seventh weeks. . . . If the area of the lips is gently stroked, the child responds by bending the upper body to one side and making a quick backward motion with his arms. This is called a 'total pattern response' because it involves most of the body, rather than a local part." (L. B. Arey,). "Lip tactile response may be evoked by the end of the 7th week. At 11 weeks, the face and all parts of the upper and lower extremities are sensitive to touch. By 13 1/2 to 14 weeks, the entire body surface, except for the back and the top of the head, are sensitive to pain." (S. Reinis & J. Goldman). The well-documented work of the late Sir William Lily with real-time ultrasounds, fetoscopy, and the study of fetal EEG and EKG (electrocardiogram) have shown the responsiveness of the human fetus to sound, pain, heat, cold, light changes in the womb, and touch. At eight weeks, the baby will respond to touch on the nose by "flesing his head backwards away from the stimulus. (A. Hellgers). Another example is from a surgeon: "When we opened her abdomen (for a tubal pregnancy), the tube had expelled an inch-long fetus, about 4-6 weeks old. It was still alive in the sack. "That tiny baby was waving its little arms and kicking its little legs and even turned its whole body over." (J. Dobson) also, unborn babies have been photographed thumbsucking and putting fingers in their mouths at 7 weeks fertilization. (). Furthermore, brain waves have been recorded at 40 days on the Electroencephalogram or EEG. (H. Hamlin). Brain activity is "reliably present in the fetus at about eight weeks gestation" (J. Goldenburg). The absence of EEG wave is what hospitals use to pronounce someone officially dead, so why wouldn't they also use the presence of them to pronounce someone officially alive?

Techniques:

Here is a list of all the gruesome techniques use in modern, "safe" abortions, taken from . remember that almost all abortions are done after the 8th week, when the baby can feel pain.

Suction-aspiration- In this method, the cervical muscle ring must be paralyzed and stretched open. The abortionist then inserts a hollow plastic tube with a knife-like edge into the uterus. The suction tears the baby's body into pieces. The placenta is cut from the uterine wall and everything is sucked into a bottle.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C)- This is similar to a suction procedure except a curette, a loop-shaped steel knife is inserted into the uterus. The baby and placenta are cut into pieces and scraped out into a basin. Bleeding is usually very heavy with this method.

Dilation and evacuation (D&E)- This type of abortion is done after the third month of pregnancy. The cervix must be dilated before the abortion. Usually Laminaria sticks are inserted into the cervix. These are made of sterilized seaweed that is compressed into thin sticks. When inserted, they absorb moisture and expand, thus enlarging the cervix. A pliers-like instrument is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The abortionist then seizes a leg, arm or other part of the baby and, with a twisting motion, tears it from the body. This continues until only the head remains. Finally the skull is crushed and pulled out. The nurse must then reassemble the body parts to be sure that all of them were removed.

Dilation and Extraction (partial birth abortion)- This abortion is also used on mid and late term babies, from 4 to 9 months gestation. Ultrasound is used to identify how the unborn baby is facing in the womb. The abortionist inserts forceps through the cervical canal into the uterus and grasps one of the baby's legs, positioning the baby feet first, face down (breech position). The child's body is then pulled out of the birth canal except for the head which is too large to pass through the cervix. The baby is alive, and probably kicking and flailing his legs and arms. The abortionist hooks his fingers over the baby's shoulders, holding the woman's cervix away from the baby's neck. He then jams blunt tipped surgical scissors into the base of the skull and spreads the tips apart to enlarge the wound. A suction catheter is inserted into the baby's skull and the brain is sucked out. The skull collapses and the baby's head passes easily through the cervix.

Prostaglandin abortion- Prostaglandin is a hormone that induces labor. The baby usually dies from the trauma of the delivery. However, if the baby is old enough, it will be born alive. This is called a "complication." To prevent this, some abortionists use ultrasound to guide them as they inject a "feticide" (a drug that kills the fetus) into the unborn baby's heart. They then administer prostaglandin and a dead baby is delivered. This type of abortion is used in mid and late term pregnancies.

RU-486- RU-486 is a drug that produces an abortion. It is taken after the mother misses her period. It can be used up to the second month of pregnancy. It works by blocking progesterone, a crucial hormone during pregnancy. Without progesterone, the uterine lining does not provide food, fluid and oxygen to the tiny developing baby. The baby cannot survive. A second drug is then given that stimulates the uterus to contract and the baby is expelled

Intracardiac injections- At about 4 months a needle is inserted through the mother's abdomen, into the chest and heart of one of the fetal babies and a poison injected to kill him or her. This is "pregnancy reduction." It is done to reduce the number or to kill a handicapped baby, if such is identified. If successful, the dead baby's body is absorbed. Sometimes, this method results in the loss of all the babies.

Future regrets:

The negative effects of abortion do not effect only the aborted baby or even just the mother also. There are horrible consequences for the next child as well.

If you have an abortion:

(1) You will be more likely to bleed in the first three months of future pregnancies.

(2) You will be less likely to have a normal delivery in future pregnancies.

(3) You will need more manual removal of placenta more often and there will be more complications with expelling the baby and its placenta.

(4) Your next baby will be twice as likely to die in the first few months of life.

(5) Your next baby will be three to four times as likely to die in the last months of his first year of life.

(6) Your next baby may have a low birth weight.

(7) Your next baby is more likely to be born prematurely with all the dangerous and costly problems that entails.

(8) You will be 8 to 20 times more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy. (Statistics show a 30% increased risk of ectopic pregnancy after one abortion and a 160% increased risk of ectopic pregnancy after two or more abortions. There has been a threefold increase in ectopic pregnancies in the U.S. since abortion was legalized.)

(9) Women who have had two or more abortions have twice as many first trimester miscarriages in later pregnancies. There is a ten-fold increase in the number of second trimester miscarriages in pregnancies that follow a vaginal abortion.

(10) You may have nearly a 50/50 chance of miscairrage un your next pregnancy due to laceration of the cervix if not treated properly. A high incidence of cervical damage from the abortion procedure has raised the incidence of miscarriage 30-40% in women who have had abortions.

These facts are taken from

Abortion procedures are in no way safer than pregnancy. There are just as many, if not more. Frequently after having the abortion, women can go through a range of psychological problems even worse than post-partum depression that usually lasts much longer, like recurrent dreams of the abortion, relationship problems, avoidance of attachment, guilt, memory impairment, hostile outbursts, suicide, and depression. 1 out of 20 to 1 out of 50 women who have had abortions will become sterile. After an abortion, the risk of infertility is 3 to 4 times greater than without an abortion.

A person should have every right to life without having to live up to the Hitlerian standards of independence, physical and mental ability, usefulness to the government, and economic and workforce promise. Maybe the pro-choice crowd has a tendency to agree with "a woman's right to chose" until they see it in practice and recognize it for what it is for the same reason mankind invented bombs and missiles. It is much easier on your conscience if you don't have to look the victims in the eyes before or after you kill them. Or maybe it's the same reason the Nazis didn't mind killing millions: it's easier to see someone's life snuffed out and degraded if you rob them of their humanity and demote them to a sub-human level. A woman has a right to her own body, but not over another human being's body. A woman has the right to chose the path in life that's right for her, but not at the cost of another human's life.

this is what i hope will change some minds. Anyone still contentious with this should really go and watch "The Silent Scream". I am not supporting or sympathizing with any one of the hypocrites who shoot abortionists, let me clear that up right away. I just think people should know this. On a personal note I do believe that life begins at conception and we are all made in God's image, no matter how seemingly small and weak, so none of us has the right to take away life that belongs to Him. Anyone can find forgiveness in Christ, even an abortionist or someone who has had an abortion, without a doubt. But judgement that will come on the person who hurts even the least of His little ones.

Works cited:

- H. Hamlin, "Life or Death by EEG," JAMA, Oct. 12, 1964, p. 120

- J. Goldenburg, "Development of the Fetal Brain." New England Journal of Medicine., August 26, 1982, p. 564).

-. Mountcastle Medical Physiology, St. Louis: C.V. Mosby, pp. 391-427

-M. Rosen, "Learning Before Birth," Harpers Magazine, April 1978

- 83 N. Lauerson & H. Hochberg, "Does the Fetus Think?" JAMA, vol. 247, no. 23, July 18, 1982

- S. Reinis & J. Goldman, The Development of the Brain C. Thomas Pub., 1980

-A. Hellgers, M.D., "Fetal Development, 31," Theological Studies, vol. 3, no. 7, 1970, p. 26

-J. Dobson, Focus on the Family Mag., Aug. '91, pg. 16

-L.B. Arey Developmental Anatomy (6th ed.), Philadelphia: W. B. Sanders Co., 1954

- W. Liley, The Fetus As Personality, Fetal Therapy, 1986, p. 8-17

- P. Ranalli, Neuro. Dept., Univ. of Toronto