Mother Teresa once said, the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
Now I can imagine many, if not all of you, have already made a decision whether you are for or against abortion the second I mention the word, but lets just recap what it actually is. You have two options for an abortion. Surgical abortion is an action that surgically kills the fetus while it is living in the mother’s womb and different methods could be used depending on the babies age.
Chemical abortion is an action that chemically kills a baby before or after it implants in the mother’s womb.
I understand totally banning abortion makes some people uncomfortable, and everyone has their own reasons such as culture or religion, rape, incest or fetal abnormality, and situations such as these, abortion is portrayed as the best option and if a lie is told enough times, people begin to believe it. Lets take a look into a couple of these examples and explain why abortion is not an option.
Rape and incest are both criminal acts and in NZ, we punish the criminal. We never punish the victim, or the victims children and we are told that if a pregnancy results from either rape or incest the ‘compassionate’ response is to offer the traumatized woman an abortion because “no woman should be forced to carry, give birth to, and care for, that monsters child”, right? But why increase her trauma of rape with the additional trauma of abortion? Rape is an act of violence and cruelty inflicted on a woman, and she is completely innocent and has done absolutely nothing wrong, and her knowing this may allow her to come to terms with it and she may rebuild her life again. On the other hand, Abortion is an act of violence that a mother inflicts on her own child. The mother becomes the attacker, and her knowing this may upset her long after she has dealt with the rape. Women – including those who were victims of rape – have reported years of physical, emotional and psychological difficulty after aborting their child. So to sum up, Abortion did not solve their problems; it just created new ones.
Parents expecting a child are overwhelmed with joy and when they are informed that their baby has a birth defect or abnormality they can often view the diagnosis almost as if it were an actual death, not as a physical death, but a death of hopes and dreams, visions of a normal childhood, playing games, going to school, growing up and starting families of their own just disappear in an instant. The parents then may become vulnerable to the suggestion of aborting the child – simply terminating the pregnancy and getting on with their lives, because after all, no child should be born to someone who doesn’t want them, right? The first problem is that medical opinions can be just that – opinions. There are cases in which parents who let their children to live and found out at birth that the so called ‘experts’ were completely incorrect. Imagine this: You have aborted you’re child, only to see it had nothing ‘wrong’ with it. You have destroyed a perfect baby. It is against the nature of parents to hurt their own children, and abortion is doing exactly that. When abortion is used to solve the problem of a disability, it is discrimination of the most severe kind. Kids are not discriminated against for their disability but they are killed because of it. If it’s okay to kill a person with a disability in the womb, could it someday be allowed to kill a disabled baby? Or a disabled adult? I don’t know about you, but my answer is clearly and absolutely no so why is there any question when the victim is a child in the womb? Unborn children diagnosed with disabilities deserve to be treated with the same love, kindness and respect as born people, with or without a disability.
According to statistics NZ, 53% of abortions are made at 10 weeks. Now I would like you to imagine yourself as a woman – I know, boys, not something you do everyday – and imagine you have found out you are pregnant at ten weeks, when the baby has its vital organs – including a strong heart beat, kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver are in place and functioning. `If you could take a look inside you’d spot tiny details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes, and hair beginning to grow on the skin. Your baby’s limbs can bend now. His or her hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. What do you do? Feel free to turn back to you’re gender. From the year 1981-2017, 510, 078 decisions have already been made, but those are the only ones written down and recorded in New Zealand. I’m not even going to start on the numbers outside of New Zealand.
So i’ll say it again. Who would agree here that it’s wrong to kill a human being? But it’s okay to kill an innocent child. All these amazing things we do in our lives, go to school to get an education, make some friends. To love. To cry. To feel. To live. Just to do things we take for granted is all taken away so quickly just because of one selfish decision.
As Ed Sheeran said in his touching song ‘small bump’,
You were just a small bump unborn
Just four months then torn from life
Maybe you were needed up there
But we’re still unaware as why.
Now the real question is, is abortion a choice?