Posted at 1 p.m. March 1, 2017
Women’s rights don’t compare to child’s life
My stance on abortion is simple: The only way it is justified is if the child isn’t going to survive.
Although I’m Catholic, my stance on abortion has nothing to do with my religion. The Church believes that everything possible to save the child should be done until the child comes to term, but false hope can be more damaging in the end. The reason I think abortion is wrong is because it’s literally taking another person’s life. Because abortion is such a “touchy subject,” you have to look at every aspect of it. While I believe that as Americans we have the freedom of choice, I also believe in the freedom of beliefs as well.
I have never found any argument that has changed my stance on abortion; however, my stance does not mean I think abortions should be illegal. While I think abortion is morally wrong, it will still happen whether it’s legal or not.
A popular belief among pro-choice advocates is that if abortions were suddenly made illegal, they would still happen, but they would be more likely to harm the woman. In 2015, Peter Singer published an article in the Greenhaven press that highlighted this idea. Singer said, in the article, legalizing abortions saved millions of women in South America. When a woman aborts a child illegally, it not only hurts the child but also potentially harms the woman. Abortion is wrong, but the fact that it happens is inevitable so the safer it’s performed the better.
On the other hand, I believe a child has the same rights as a woman. As long as the fetus is alive, it has the same rights as everyone else. Within the first three weeks, the fetus has a heartbeat, and within the first 23 days the fetus has brain functions. It is connected to the woman’s body, but it’s growing so that within those 40 weeks it can be brought into the world as a person.
The idea that a fetus has no rights has its merits; however, that fetus, from the moment it was formed, has potential. My best example is the people seen every day, and that if the parents had decided to have an abortion they could not exist at all. When a woman aborts a child, she takes away any relationships, opportunities, and most importantly, any potential that fetus could have had.
A common argument among pro-choice advocates is when life actually begins. In the Roe v. Wade decision, former Justice Harry Blackmun said “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.” However, a life begins at conception. A lot of pro-choice advocates argue that when the child is conceived they aren’t human, just a bunch of cells. Saying this completely defeats the argument because humans are made up of millions of cells.
The worst part of abortion is that some women abort the baby because they can’t take responsibility for their actions. Pregnancy is scary, especially for the woman, but it doesn’t change the fact that by aborting the baby the child is punished for something the parents took part in. The civil option in these situations is to look at the entirety of the situation and realize that there is something incredible happening inside of the woman’s body. The other way a woman should look at this is the idea that out of a mistake came something beautiful. This includes rape victims.
The argument behind aborting a child because they were raped is more of an emotional excuse than an actual fact. In most cases, hospitals administer the morning-after pill so they don’t ever actually carry the child. However, no matter how a child was conceived it doesn’t change the fact that they deserve a chance at life. I’m not saying the woman has to keep the child; there are other options, including adoption. There are women in the world who can’t have their own child and would be able to love and care for those children.
While I disagree with abortion, I’m not so naïve as to believe I can convince others of this. Because we live in America, we have the freedom to believe what we want, which means we can’t force our opinions onto others. That doesn’t change the fact that I believe abortion is wrong. Abortion is a very controversial topic in America and a serious issue with women. Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, the only thing that should matter is the infant.