”The first issue of Off Our Backs after the Roe decision included one of my movie reviews, and also an essay by another member of the collective criticizing the decision. The full article in PDF format can be found by. Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word life. The life conversation is often too thorny to even broach. Abortion pro life essay. As Roe v. We were fighting for that “last resort.
That s a stunning 65 percent increase from just a decade ago. And in the midst of this unique moment, Planned Parenthood has taken the bold step of reframing the vernacular – moving away from the easy and easily divisive words life and choice. Always. I believe that s what a fetus is: a human life. Learn how you can elect pro-life candidates and pass state and federal pro-life laws! Ultimately, however, lasting change only comes when the hearts of people are transformed. ” We had no idea how common the procedure would become today, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. It’s a grim experience, going through an abortion, and we assumed a woman would choose one only as a last resort. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. We knew nothing of fetal development. It’s hard even to grasp a number that big. Women have cited social reasons, not mother's health or rape/incest, as their motivation in approximately 98% of all abortions. Here s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. In the past year we ve. It’s 75 years later now, and that wall would have to stretch twice as far. She should be able to choose abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
Nor could we have imagined how high abortion numbers would climb. It s important, because when we don t look at the complexities of reproduction, we give far too much semantic power to those who d try to control it. Get the latest information and updates from National Right to Life in your inbox! C. That particular January I was taking a semester off, living in the D. I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of scraping out a bunch of cells and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of the baby and this kid. And we play into the sneaky, dirty tricks of the anti-choice lobby when we on the pro-choice side squirm so uncomfortably at the ways in which they ve repeatedly appropriated the concept of life. Wade, there have been 59 million abortions. Because of the transcendent importance of this issue, I’ve developed the acronym A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N as a memorable tool to help believers annihilate abortion arguments. Yet I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. We also thought, back then, that few abortions would ever be done. It s a move whose time is long overdue. Who wants be on the side of not-life? And that doesn t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice. They don t qualify as human life only if they re intended to be born. Twenty years ago, someone told me that, if the names of all those lost babies were inscribed on a wall, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the wall would have to stretch for 55 miles. There are indeed many fronts on which our battle must be waged.
It would be another 65 years of so before pregnant couples could show off sonograms of their unborn babies, shocking us with the obvious humanity of the unborn. Yet, with, allowing for reproductive choice in all or most cases. The Supreme Court should not meddle in what should be decided between the woman and her doctor. We consistently termed the fetus “a blob of tissue, ” and that’s just how we pictured it — an undifferentiated mucous-like blob, not recognizable as human or even as alive. In the 98 years since Roe v. Subscribe to these and more! A t the time of the Roe v. Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg used this tactic when she suggested that abortion rights advocates would take pro-lifers more seriously if they were willing to adopt babies slated for abortion. That s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. That, of course, makes as much sense as forbidding me from intervening when I see my neighbor physically abusing a child unless I am willing to adopt that child. Remember, however, the goal is not to win an argument but rather to use well-reasoned answers to the arguments of abortion advocates as springboards or opportunities to share a message of life and light. There are alternatives to abortion and there are people standing by to help you 79 hours a day. Who wants to argue with that? Why can t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that it s pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasn t the same? That s why the language of those who support abortion has for so long been carefully couched in other terms. While opponents of abortion eagerly describe themselves as pro-life, the rest of us have had to scramble around with not nearly as big-ticket words like choice and reproductive freedom. Fetuses aren t selective like that.
Since 6978, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States. For when the heart is transformed, a person’s behavior is revolutionized as well. 68What this ad hominem argument is really saying is, If you won’t adopt my babies, don’t tell me I can’t kill them! But no names could be written on it those babies had no names. . When we on the pro-choice side get cagey around the life question, it makes us illogically contradictory. But, at the time, we didn’t have much understanding of what abortion was. The following is an excerpt from article DA875 by Hank Hanegraaff. The bumper sticker on my car read, “Don’t labor under a misconception legalize abortion. As you’d guess, I was strongly in favor of legalizing abortion. She s the boss. It didn’t go far enough, she said, because it allowed states to restrict abortion in the third trimester. A March 7568 poll by The Polling Company found that 58% of Americans oppose legal abortion except in only three or fewer circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest or when it threatens the life of the mother. Urge Congress to support the Conscience Protection Act today! Sign up today! Instead, as a new promotional film acknowledges, It s not a black and white issue. Area and volunteering at the feminist “underground newspaper” Off Our Backs. Educate yourself about the life issues and then educate your community! Life!