During the year of 2012, 699,000 abortions were performed in the United States alone (Pazol, Creanga, Jamieson 1). This is more than the population of Charleston, South Carolina (Cox). Even with this number being as high as it is, it only includes the amount of abortions that were reported (Pazol, Creanga, Jamieson 1). Abortion has been a fiery subject of debate for ages. What is abortion, and what makes it such a large argument? Abortion is ultimately the taking of a human life, proven by the pro-choice inability to focus on children instead of politics, and is caused by the irresponsibility of people who cannot control their sexual desires.
Abortion is about babies. A woman should not discover that she is pregnant and think only that she will be inconvenienced. Instead, she should be joyous that she is receiving a life-long legacy. Pro-choice activists argue that, "These attempts to grant a right to life before birth - and therefore recognize prenatal legal personhood - seek to bestow rights on a zygote, embryo, or fetus that would be equal or superior to the rights of women" (Center for Reproductive Rights). Women hold no superiority, nor do men, or the elderly, or the young, or the black, or the white, or anyone. The only difference between a born person and an unborn person is just that – they are unborn. The unborn are physically unable to voice their protest towards being killed, which makes them a target (DeMarco 70). Even though they are inaudible within the womb, babies have a developing brain and a regular heartbeat at six to seven weeks, when most women get abortions (U.S. National Library of Medicine; Pazol, Creanga, Jamieson 1). The two most vital parts of the body have appeared within the baby, but because they are not fully developed, it is considered humane to take away the child's life at that time. How much worse is it for fetuses aged more than eight weeks? This relates to the debate about whether or not a fetus feels pain. However, this is not the most important subject, considering that no one knows how the unborn feel because they are not the unborn, and therefore, they cannot understand. Any aborted child has been stripped of the chance to live. They were conceived in order to be given life, but life will never be theirs to experience. If women want to hold their rights, it would make more sense for them to boycott unnecessary sex in defiance towards men, than to take the lives of their children. Parents must realize that unintended pregnancies are not the fault of the child, but are that of themselves. Abortion will never be solved until all people agree that they have made a mistake and become willing to amend it. Unless this happens, the death toll will only increase, and more and more women will have to face what they have done.
The true cause of abortion lies in what occurs before conception; if sex was not such an influential idea in the world today, the numbers of unwanted pregnancies and abortions would dramatically decrease. According to United States Abortion Surveillance for 2012, "Among the 36 areas reported by marital status for 2012, 14.7% of all women who obtained an abortion were married and 85.3% were unmarried" (9). This statistic suggests that most unwanted pregnancies were the result of temporary companionship or rape. Rape is not the fault of the victim, but still involves unnecessary sexual behavior from the offender. Also from U.S. Abortion Surveillance, "The percentage of pregnancies that are unintended remains high at approximately 50%" (14). It becomes obvious that many people do not understand what the consequences of sex are. If they do, it suggests that they are acting in a selfish manner. Supporters of abortion may not want to solve the problem because it would require the absence of immoral sex. Even if immoral sex cannot be removed, the least that society can do to prevent the number of unwanted pregnancies would be to educate men and women about its consequences (Pazol, Creanga, Jamieson 14). The choice to participate in immoral sex would still belong to the people, but they would know exactly what it would cost them before they do it. Having knowledge about sex's significances would, in the long run, decrease the number of abortions.
What many pro-choice supporters do not understand is that abortion is opposed solely because of children. It should not be considered because of political reasons, but because of deep, underlying injustice that is being distributed. Pro-choice supporters argue that, "An emerging trend to extend a right to life before birth, and in particular from conception, poses a significant threat to women's human rights, in theory and in practice" (Center for Reproductive Rights). In other words, the development of a baby within a mother destroys the mother's rights. Common sense disagrees with this statement. If a right to life was never extended to the unborn, much of the world's population would never have come into existence. The very people that argue in favor of abortion are saying that they should never have been able to be born. According to Donald DeMarco, professor of philosophy at St. Jerome University, many people in the 21st century see themselves as compassionate, but deactivate at any sign of abortion and become strictly political (68). Is abortion a political subject, or is it personal? The truth: it is personal. Women are influenced by groups and by family and friends to make this decision, but they ultimately make the choice by themselves (Biggs, Neuhaus, Foster 2561). Therefore, the court cases, lawmaking, and argumentative movements are all meaningless. They are only created to influence the choice, but they should not be able to make it. In order to do something about this issue, both sides have to lay down their signs and come to an agreement together, calmly dealing with the outcome no matter who wins.
In the end, abortion cannot be denied as the taking of a human life. The 699,000 children killed every year will never be able to eat their first birthday cake, learn how to ride a bike, graduate from high school, go to college, or create a family for themselves. This has never been a matter of politics, but instead, a deep moral conflict over the bearing of a baby. If anyone should ever step back a moment and take a good look at what lies beneath the surface of the issue, they will realize that abortion has always been an ugly, devious excuse for murder.
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