I am pro-life. That means I will fight for all life. Life of both mother and child. Life of both born and unborn. Life of both young and old. Black and white. Gay and straight. Transgender and cisgender. Male and female. Republican and Democrat. Blue eyed and green eyed. Cat lover and dog lover. Rancher and accountant. All lives matter.
Abortion is murder. Pure and simple. You can argue as much as you'd like about choice, a woman's body, and all that, but science is on the side of life. Science recognizes that a pre-born baby is a life, there is no longer any valid argument against that.
At the moment of conception, a new DNA is formed, and at that moment it is no longer the woman's body. Yes, it is living and growing inside of the woman's body, but it is a new and separate being. We speak about a woman's right to choose, but what about the baby growing inside of her? If it is a girl, what about that little woman's right to life?
Abortion does not just remove a piece of tissue from a woman's body. After four weeks, the baby — yes, I will use the word baby — has a beating heart. At twelve weeks, most organs are fully formed. At sixteen weeks, the baby can hiccup and suck its thumb. At twenty weeks, the baby has been scientifically proven to feel pain. At twenty-eight weeks, the baby's eyelashes are developed.
At what stage is it right to kill the baby? Not legal; right. After all, everything Hitler did in Germany was 100% legal.
I submit to you that at no point is it right to stop a life, born or unborn. The larger the developing baby is, the more brutal the procedure. Go watch a video describing the process of a second trimester abortion. It's gruesome. No one should go through that, born or unborn.
I understand that there are some horrible situations that the mother finds herself in. And we who advocate for the life of the child often don't do enough to help the mother, which is something that desperately needs to be addressed. But no situation is grave enough to constitute murder.
In some cases, the life of the mother is truly at risk. Some cases may call for the lesser of two evils, I don't want to delve too deeply into that. But many mothers are so selfless that they willingly refuse treatment for themselves to give their baby a chance at life.
What about children with known defects or disabilities? Do they deserve to be killed? No, of course not. Look at children and adults with Down Syndrome (which happens to be the leading cause of abortion performed on children because of a defect being detected). People with DS are some of the happiest, most loving people you will ever meet. Their lives are not less fulfilling just because they are different. I'm not calling anyone names here, but I will state that if anyone believes someone should be killed just because they are disabled or differently abled, that is just as pure evil as anything Hitler ever did.
What about rape? That's always the question brought up. Less than 2% of abortions are performed due to rape. That makes it a pretty much moot question anyway, but I'll still address it. Rape is a horrible crime, and any rapist deserves the worst possible punishment. Rape has two victims, the mother and the child. But killing one victim to make the other victim feel better is never justified. Provisions need to be made to take care of the mother and give the child a safe, loving home after it is born.
One more way in which science is on the side of life — after twenty weeks, a developing baby can survive (with care) outside of the womb. There is literally no medical reason for a baby to be aborted after twenty weeks — this has been proved by multiple doctors. The woman still has to go through the motions of giving birth, even though the baby is dead. How much better would it be if we who value life provided the help those mothers need to carry the baby to term and give the baby to a family who will be able to love and care for it? Give that baby a chance at life, rather than obliterating that chance.
From a biblical perspective, every human being is made in the image of God. There is no point after conception when a human being magically becomes made in the image of God when a day before they were still just a clump of cells.
Psalm 139 says, "You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.... Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
If we believe those words, there can be no way we can applaud abortion (or any other form of killing, whether it is suicide, murder, or euthanasia). Stopping a beating heart means killing an image bearer of God.
I am pro-life. That doesn't mean I'm anti-choice. In fact, I am pro-choice. Four choices, to be specific. Abstinence, Contraception, Mother-hood, and Adoption (borrowed from Steven Crowder). The choice that I am wholeheartedly against is the choice of murder.
The argument really is no longer about women's healthcare and personal choice. When lawmakers allow doctors to clip the spine of a baby who is literally breathing and crying after birth, it is pure infanticide. There is now no way it can be considered name calling to call them baby killers. It's who they are, pure and simple. No human with respect for life can support these laws.
I will always fight to choose life. I would beg you to do the same.