The Oxford Dictionary defines murder as “The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.” Why is murder unlawful? Because it robs someone of their life against their will, it denies that person everything they might gain in the future. It doesn’t just rob present and future physical possessions, but also present and future emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences. This includes the experiences that may be denied to other people the victim may have currently known or become involved with in the future. Not only does our Lord God instruct us not to murder, “You shall not murder” is the sixth commandment, but even cultures that deny God admit that murder is inherently evil. However, here in America and all across the globe, there is legalized murder that disguises itself as abortion, or “reproductive rights.”
The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) asserts that life begins at the point of conception (fertilization). They state that, “It is clear that from the time of cell fusion, the embryo consists of elements (from both maternal and paternal origin) which function interdependently in a coordinated manner to carry on the function of the development of the human organism. From this definition, the single-celled embryo is not just a cell, but an organism, a living being, a human being.” (Miranda, 2017). There is no other life that a successful human pregnancy could possibly result in other than a human life.
Some say that an embryo is just a “clump of cells” that rely wholly on the mother, that it has no autonomy. However, a study done by Marta N. Shahbazi and colleagues from the U.K. found that, “Together, our results indicate that the critical remodeling events at this stage of human development are embryo-autonomous, highlighting the remarkable and unanticipated self-organizing properties of human embryos.” (Shahbazi, 2016). In short, they found that the embryo would continue to grow and advance without being guided by a host uterus. Pretty impressive for a mere “clump of cells,” no?
Dr. Maureen Condic wrote in her 2008 essay, “A Scientific View of When Life Begins” that, “Human embryos from the one-cell (zygote) stage forward show uniquely integrated, organismal behavior that is unlike the behavior of mere human cells. The zygote produces increasingly complex tissues, structures and organs that work together in a coordinated way. Importantly, the cells, tissues and organs produced during development do not somehow “generate” the embryo (as if there were some unseen, mysterious “manufacturer” directing this process), they are produced by the embryo as it directs its own development to more mature stages of human life. This organized, coordinated behavior of the embryo is the defining characteristic of a human organism.” (Condic, 2008). This is yet further evidence and testimony to an embryo being autonomous and more than just a “clump of cells.”
Considering the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of murder and the broad agreement across the scientific fields that life begins at conception, how is it that abortion is legal? I believe a strong motivation for the legalizing of abortion, and categorizing it as “reproductive rights” in order to give it a more socially acceptable appearance, is convenience. People want to have sex without the repercussions that it inevitably creates, such as a child. They want to have everything that is perceived as good, but nothing that they perceive as bad. What these people don’t understand is that a child, under any circumstance, is a great blessing to anyone. Greed is another motivator behind abortion. I have read comments from those who have purchased an abortion that spoke to how the person did not wish to disrupt their current life situation. They killed a baby so that they could keep something they wanted. Financial gain is yet another reason abortion has gotten as big as it has. In the name of convenience and greed, many people want abortions, this leads to it being a demand. Wherever there is a demand, there will be someone willing to service it for a price. This is where Planned Parenthood comes in, which had revenue of $1.4 Billion in 2016. In the name of financial profit they are willing to kill anyone’s baby.
I know that some believe that abortion should be permitted in cases of rape or incest, but I disagree. I understand that a woman or girl that has been through such a scenario is hurting. I understand that there are serious repercussions attached to what they went through. However, the idea that killing another human being is appropriate because you yourself went through something traumatizing is contradictory to the healing process and to logic in general. It contradicts logic in that you are causing someone else great pain because someone else caused you great pain. Worse, you are denying another human being’s entire future because someone hurt you in the present. Rape victims have a future, abortion victims do not. Abortion contradicts the healing process of rape or incest in that it fools people into thinking that getting an abortion will somehow make the process easier. Dr. Priscilla Coleman conducted a study that was published in the August 2011 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry which found that “women who had undergone abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems.” How can a woman heal from an experience as traumatizing as rape when aborting the product of that rape only adds to her psychological problems? In the end, only about 1.5% of women who get abortions do so because of rape or incest. On that fact alone legal abortion is not justifiable.
There is no getting around the fact that life has begun before abortions are performed, the scientific community attests to this. There is also no getting around the fact that murder is illegal because it denies the victim of their future in all physical, emotional, and mental ways possible. Abortion is murder and it should not be legal. Do you agree or disagree? Do you have anything to add to what I mentioned? Feel free to share in the comments below. I promote all thoughtful and respectful conversation.
Coleman, P. K. (2011). Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(3), 180-186.
Condic, M.L. (2008). “When does human life begin? A scientific perspective.” Westchester Institute White Paper. 1(1): 1-18. Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person, Thornwood, NY. (available at: http://www.bdfund.org/whitepaperst/). [Reprinted in: Natl Cathol Bioeth Quart. 9(1):127-208.]
Miranda, F. D. (2017, April 17). When Human Life Begins. Retrieved from https://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/life-issues/when-human-life-begins
Shahbazi, M. N. (2016). Self-organization of the human embryo in the absence of maternal tissues. Nature Cell Biology, 18, 700-708.