What is abortion?
Abortion is the ending of pregnancy due to removing an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. An abortion that occurs spontaneously is also known as a miscarriage. When deliberate steps are taken to end a pregnancy, it is called an induced abortion, or less frequently an “induced miscarriage”. The word abortion is often used to mean only induced abortions. A similar procedure after the fetus could potentially survive outside the womb is known as a “late termination of pregnancy” or less accurately as a “late term abortion”. (Wikipedia)
In terms of ending the life of a pre-born child, induced abortions can be performed both surgically and with drugs. There are many kinds of abortions, each with their own methods and risks, but the one thing all abortions have in common is the taking of an innocent human life.
In addition, abortion is not a safe alternative. Women who undergo abortion are more likely to suffer abortion complications, have increased health risks, and have severe depression, including suicidal tendencies.
The Unborn Child
In Roe v. Wade, the case that brought legal abortion to America, the Supreme Court stated that it was impossible to determine when human life began in the womb. They decided, that because it could not be “proved” that the fetus was a human being, it should be allowed to be legally destroyed.
This idea has continued to be upheld by abortion supporters, as well as the idea that “personhood” is somehow different from human life. The Supreme Court declared in Planned Parenthood v. Casey:
“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. Beliefs about these matters could not define the attributes of personhood were they formed under compulsion of the State.”
Besides the moral fact that, if it is unsure whether or not the unborn child is human, one should err on the side of caution. The progress of science has shown that the unborn child is indeed a living human being from the moment of fertilization, or conception. From the very earliest stages of pregnancy, the child is a unique being. Learn more about fetal development in the menu tab above.
In addition, every and any human is a person. This is non-negotiable. The idea that some humans are not persons is what drove slavery and eugenics and what continues to be responsible for legal and medical discrimination against the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, and most importantly, the unborn child. From the moment of conception the unborn child is a living, human person, and saying anything else is tearing down the sacredness of human life and depriving everyone of their most important rights.