The Voices Being Silenced
Since the year of 1973, in the United States alone, there have been nearly 50 million deaths of living, human beings who have heartbeats. These deaths were not from natural causes, or from some tragic accident or some horrible disease. Those who died were starved to death, were morbidly mutilated, some by a sharp tool that was lunged into the base of the skull vacuuming out their lives. What is the cause of these horrific actions? Abortion—the slaughtering of innocent babies who are simply “inconvenient” or “unwanted.” I believe abortion is murder. If someone performed any one of these abortion procedures on a fully delivered baby, then it would be considered murder, so what difference does it make if the baby is unborn or partially delivered? None. A life is a life whether it is in the womb or not. I do not believe this is a matter of stripping a woman of her rights, because we, as human beings, simply do not have the right to murder another being. Why should this be any different? We must stand up for the voices that cannot be heard. Unborn babies are human too, and they should have the right to be protected, just as we have rights to be protected.
According to The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and The Abortion Resource Handbook, there are approximately 1,206,200 abortions performed yearly in the U.S. That means that one baby is aborted every 26 seconds, 137 babies every hour, 3,304 babies every day, 23,196 babies every week, and 100,516 babies are aborted every month. Nearly twenty-twopercent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion. Many people do not know the actual procedures taken place to terminate the baby. The facts of the procedures are disturbing as well as graphic; however, people must learn these facts in order to determine whether they are really pro-life or pro-choice. The procedures sanctioned and performed by abortionists, if performed on a postnatal child, it would be considered a heinous crime.
One method of abortion is with two potent synthetic hormones—RU 486 and Misoprostol. The pill restricts the uterine lining from providing nutrients to the baby, causing the baby to starve to death. The woman then discharges the baby after she has taken Misoprostol. Another abortion method is Suction Aspiration. This is usually done when the woman is 7-15 weeks pregnant. Suction Aspiration is where a powerful vacuum tube is inserted through the cervix; the vacuuming action dismembers the baby, who is then vacuumed into a container. The abortionist then examines what is in the container to make sure everything has been removed. Another method is called Dilation and Curettage (D&C). With this technique a knife-like object, a Curette, is put through the dilated cervix in order to sever the baby into pieces. The baby is then removed. The method of Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is usually the procedure performed in the second trimester of pregnancy when the baby’s bones are calcified. When the woman’s cervix has been dilated, the abortionist inserts a tool, a forceps, in through the cervix and then crushes and twists the baby’s body parts out of the womb. The abortionist then reassembles the body parts in order to be certain all parts were removed from the womb. According to the Disease Center of Control (DCD), the D&E method is used in 95 percent of all abortions. The Dilation and Extraction method (D&X), also known as partial-birth abortion, is performed twenty weeks into the pregnancy and as late as a couple of weeks before birth.This method is where the baby is partially born, legs first, while the head is still in the womb. The abortionist then punctures the back of the baby’s head with scissors; a suction catheter is then inserted into the wound to vacuum the child’s brains out. The collapsed baby is then removed.
Who could not see these actions as murder? This is exactly the reason I believe abortion is murder. It is taking a life and destroying it when we should not have a say so of who can continue on with life or who dies. Just because the baby is unborn and very young, it does not make it any less of a human than you or I. For example, is a twelve-year-old child any more of a human being than a three-year-old child? No. If a heartless crime like an abortion procedure were to be performed on a grown being, it would be considered murder. Just as abortion should be considered murder.
Many people claim that life does not begin at conception, but rather at another time, possibly birth. They use the psychological method of depersonalizing the victim by using the term “fetus” for the baby in order to make the victim seem more unhuman-like. However, the article, “Life Begins at the Beginning,” written by Dr. Fritz Baumgartner--a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine--for a pro-life website, states that life does begin at conception. He says,
“There is no more pivotal moment in the subsequent growth and development of a human being than when 23 chromosomes of the father join with 23 chromosomes of the mother to form a unique, 46-chromosomed individual, with a gender, who had previously simply not existed. Period. No debate.” He goes on to say that the new individual is complete, it has a gender and it is programmed and equipped to grow and change until death, and all it needs is a place to grow and receive nutrients. The geneticist Jerome Lejeune capitalizes on this in the book, A Symphony of the Preborn Child, by stating:
…each of us has a unique beginning, the moment of conception…As soon as the 23 chromosomes carried by the sperm encounter the 23 chromosomes carried by the ovum, the whole information necessary and sufficient to spell out all the characteristics of the new being is gathered…a new human being is defined which has never occurred before and will never occur again…[it] is not just simply a non-descript cell, or a “population” or loose “collection” of cells, but a very specialized individual…This shows that life is very intricate and complex at the beginning; the baby is not just some lifeless blob.
Another argument some pro-abortionists may use is that the baby is not able to feel pain during the abortion procedure, so therefore, it is rather harmless. This, however, was proven wrong by a medical resident, Kanwaljeet Anand, in a neo-natal intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford about twenty-five years ago. In the article, “The First Ache,” from The New York Times says that Anand’s little patients, many of whom were premature babies, were frequently rushed out of the ward, and into the operating room. This caused the tiny infants’ breaths to become shallow, their heartbeats to decline and their skin to turn gray. Anand spent a lot of time supplying more oxygen to the babies and overseeing insulin to keep their blood sugar balanced. He began to wonder what was going on to make these babies so stressed, so he obtained permission to go with his patients into the operating room. He soon discovered the infants were not administered anesthesia before the operation, but only a paralytic to keep them stationary. Doctors were persuaded to believe that newborns’ nervous systems were undeveloped enough that they could not sense pain, and that anesthetics could be potentially harmful to the
babies. In a series of clinical trials, Anand tested the stress levels of infants who were administered anesthetics before an operation, and of the infants who did not receive the anesthetics. Anand’s clinical trials revealed that the infants who received little or no anesthesia had a high-stress response, in which a surge of stress hormones were released. This disproves the claim that many people make, that it does not hurt the baby; because it does, in fact, cause the baby pain, and it would be inhumane to cause a human being such agony.
I believe it is very wrong to put a baby to death in such an inhumane and painful way. With the facts provided by doctors, I do not see how someone would believe that life does not begin at conception. It is a shame that 50 million babies have been put to death since 1973, simply because the baby is “unwanted” or because it would be a burden. I believe abortion is murder, and it is an epidemic that must be stopped in order to save the innocent lives being taken. There are other alternatives, such as, birth control, condoms, and adoption, but murder should not be an option. We must stand up for the voices that are being silenced because an unborn baby should have the right to live.