Abortion: Pro-Life “Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus” (Lowenstein). Abortion is and always has been a very controversial issue. The above definition explains why the debate of abortion is so debatable.
A much asked question is whether or not the unborn child is considered human or not human. Since I am pro-life, I consider the unborn to be human, not just an embryo. I believe abortion should be illegal because it harm’s the pregnant woman’s body, it is against some religions.There are other options besides abortions available, and I believe that abortion is the murder of a human being. Abortion should be illegal to protect the unborn fetus; however, the mother’s health is also a major concern. One reason abortion should be illegal is because it is very dangerous for the woman getting the abortion. Approximately 1. 6 million women get abortions each year; out of those women getting an abortion there is about one death for every 250,000 abortions (Lowenstein). One negative aspect that comes out of an abortion is psychological side effects.It is said that the women can feel the babies dying inside them as they get an abortions. This major psychological side effect is called post-abortion syndrome. According to Felicia Lowenstein, Frequently after an abortion women suffer from a range of mental and psychological problems such as recurrent dreams of the abortion experience, avoidance of emotional attachment, relationship problems, sleep disturbances, guilt about surviving, memory impairments, hostile outbursts, suicidal thoughts or actions, depressions, and substance abuse.In an article titled “Complications You Can Have With Your Abortion” abortion causes many other dangerous side effects: bladder injury, bowel injury, increased risk of breast cancer, ectopic (tubal) pregnancy (pregnancy outside of the uterus), infection, laceration of the cervix (causes you to have a fifty/fifty chance of having a miscarriage your next pregnancy), failed abortion (failure to abort the child younger than six weeks is relatively common and causes the pregnancy to go on with the dangers of a normal abortion), hemorrhage, hepatitis, fever, rapid bleeding, and sterility.Abortion also has effects on future pregnancies. An abortion might also cause future problems such as bleeding in the first three months of future pregnancies, an unlikely chance of a normal delivery in the future delivery, a newborn will be more likely to die in the first few months of their first year of life, next baby may have a low birth weight, and a future baby will be more likely to be premature. Another major argument against abortion is the fact that it is against most religions.In the Bible in Psalm 139, David states that he acknowledges that God is omniscient and knows his thoughts at all times and that God was aware of his thoughts even before he was born (Anderson). The author also states that David also speaks of God’s relationship with David while he was growing and developing before birth. Anderson says that God knew David “even when he was in the womb” and he also refers to God as the “Master Craftsman” and praised him and said God did wonderfully creating David. Imagine how God feels.From what the Bible states God knows every child even when they are in the womb. So that means that every one of the 1. 6 million abortions that happen a year, God knows every single one of those unborn children. Taking the life of one of God’s children is wrong. Another strong argument against abortion is that there are other options available other than getting an abortion. One option for a woman is to put the baby up for adoption. This is an advantage for a number of reasons. One reason is that a woman could still be free to pursue her goals and dreams that she had before her pregnancy.A woman will not have to care for a baby before she is ready, and she also wouldn’t have the financial burden that a baby comes with. A woman will not have to worry about finding a babysitter or missing out on the fun with her friends and being tied down with a child. Instead of thinking of how the baby painfully died one can think of the child being loved by a mommy and daddy. Adoption is an option because the child’s mother will have precious memories of your baby’s face, fingers, toes, eyes and smile.She will also know that she gave the greatest gift of all to a couple who have obviously wanted a child to love and care for (Abortion Facts). This is good, too, because not only would a child’s life be saved instead of tragically being killed but a couple who has been wanting their own a child to love and care for would have their dreams fulfilled. The final argument I have against abortion is the fact that the unborn child is, in fact, human. I believe that since the child inside the mother’s womb is human that abortion is murder.The baby’s heartbeat in the mother’s womb starts beating after the twenty-first day of conception. Kerby Anderson stated that if there was one set of criteria to define death the same could define life. He said that death was defined as the cessation of the heartbeat. So does that mean that since death is defined ”as the cessation of a heartbeat” that life can be defined as the onset of a heartbeat? Kerby Anderson also stated that “The heart is formed by the 18th day in the womb. If heartbeat was used to define life, then nearly all abortions would be outlawed. The baby also has been proven to have brainwaves by the forty to forty-third day after conception, and since death is defined by the cessation of brainwaves life should also be defined the same way (Anderson). Abortion is a procedure that the mother of the child chooses to undergo; the child does not choose to have his or her life terminated. I believe that every mother who chooses to get an abortion is intentionally killing a human being; and therefore, abortion is murder of the unborn. If the unborn baby who is inside the womb of a mother is human, then abortion is the intentional killing of a human being.The reasons that I am against abortions is because it harms the woman receiving the abortion’s body, it is against some religions, there are other options available the mother could do, and the baby inside the womb is human. Although abortion is a topic that has been argued for many years, it is still a topic that must be carefully considered. No unborn child deserves to be murdered; each child deserves to live, to make choices, to affect the world. Many alternatives exist for woman- since those women are given choices shouldn’t the unborn; humans also have the chance to make choices.