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Approximately 1.6 million murders are committed legally each year, with the exception of laws in few states. This is the murder of an innocent child by a procedure known as abortion. Abortion stops the beating of an innocent child's heart. People must no longer ignore the scientific evidence that life begins at the moment of conception. People can no longer ignore the medical and emotional problems an abortion causes women. People must stop denying the facts about the procedure, and start hearing the silent screams of unborn children.

The argument by the pro-abortion side is that the unborn child is not truly a child. Many people who are pro-abortion justify their beliefs through the concept that a fetus is only a piece of tissue until it is born, or the statement: life begins at birth. Abortion is not as simple as removing a piece of tissue from a woman's body. Abortion is the destruction, dismembering and killing of a human life--an unborn baby. But it is scientific and medical fact based on experimental evidence, that a fetus is a living, growing, thriving human being, directing his or her own development (Netscape). A fetus is not just a piece of tissue; rather a fetus is Latin for "offspring" or "young one". Human life begins at fertilization, therefore it is wrong to murder the innocent child in the womb. At a US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting, most scientists said that life begins at conception or implantation of the embryo. No scientist at the meeting claimed that life begins at birth (Whitney 4). Professor Hymie Gordon of the Mayo clinic stated by all criteria of modern biology, life is present from the moment of conception. (Fetal Development). Abortions are also dangerous to your life and health (Somer 32). Even though abortion is dangerous to a woman's life, and it kills her baby, Planned Parenthood still offers it as a safe solution. This statement contradicts what most abortion clinics say. It is not possible for abortion to be offered to women as a safe solution, when it not only puts her life in danger, but it also kills her child. Not only has science proven that a fetus is truly a human, the simple facts also confer abortion kills the life of a human being. Life begins at conception because of the fact that life in the womb does not change at birth. There are no special procedures or changes that occur during birth to magically change the fetus to a baby. It is already a baby--a human life. Most of all the development also takes place before one is born. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions before adulthood, 41 have taken place before a person is born (Harrison 3). Fertilization is just the beginning of a long process of growing and maturing. Life is a continuum. From the moment the egg is fertilized a new life has begun. All of the genetic information is present to construct a unique individual. Gender, physical features, eye color have already been determined. The baby's heart begins beating regularly at 24 days. Babies in the womb hiccup, cry, play, and learn (Factbot). Life continues from the day of fertilization until death. Nothing is added to a person during a lifetime.

Conception confers life and makes that life one of a kind,' said Dr Landrum Shettles father of in vitro fertilization (Factbot). The day of conception marks the beginning of a new human life. 'The zygote is the first cell of a new human being,' said Keith L. Moore. There is no way that the fetus is just a piece of tissue. Scientific and medical facts prove that the fetus is living. They prove that the fetus is a person, a human, and functions separate from the mother. According to our law murder is wrong, therefore it is unlawful to kill an unborn child. The child in the womb deserves the right to life. The fetus is a real human being and deserves all the rights and freedom given to people under the Constitution. This right is evident in the Fourteenth Amendment that states, The State shall not deprive any person of life, liberty, property, without due process of the law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law (Harrison). Abortion denies babies equal protection under the law, and is depriving a person of life. Thomas Jefferson stated human rights best when he wrote, We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (Factbot). All unborn babies have the right to life guaranteed to humans under the constitution. No other person has the right to take away the unborn child's life, no matter what the situation is. One must not sacrifice a life to make one's own life better.

Many argue that most of the babies that are aborted are unwanted babies. They believe that they would be abused and neglected. This is why abortion is okay to them. They believe abortion is saving the child from abuse. Abortion, however, is the most severe case of child abuse. The procedures are painful to the child and intentionally end in death (except in cases where the procedure results in a living child). About once a day, somewhere in the US, something goes wrong and an abortion results in a live baby (Melville 5). The fetus is alive and has the capacity to feel the painful abortion procedure. The US Department of Health and Human Services reported that after nine weeks unborn babies can feel pain, yet 48 per cent of all abortions are done after this point ( Fetal Development). The baby can feel all the pain put on it by the painful procedures. The ultra sound shows the baby struggling to survive. Abortionist doctors such as Joseph Randall admit that seeing the abortion of the baby on the ultra sound bothered me more than anything else. The staff couldn't take it. Women were never allowed to see the ultra sound (Factbot). Women should be allowed to see this. They should see the struggling of the life they are killing. An early abortion takes about five minutes and is performed six to fourteen weeks after a woman's last period. The procedure is called a suction aspiration. It is like a vacuum cleaner. 'A hollow plastic tube with a sharp edge is placed into the uterus. The suction tears the baby apart, and the sharp edge is used to scrape the placenta from the wall of the uterus. Everything is sucked out into a bottle' (Whitney 44). The other common method is dilation and curettage. 'A curette, which is a loop-shaped steel knife, is inserted into the uterus, and the baby and the placenta are cut into pieces and scraped out. Both procedures are usually done under general anesthesia, so they're not painful for the mother. Of course we know the child feels pain (Whitney 94). Another method that is not performed much anymore is the saline injection; a long slow death process of poisoning the baby. The saline injection was developed in the Nazi Concentration Camps (Factbot)

The most controversial form of abortion is the partial-birth abortion. Using an ultra sound the abortionist grabs the baby's legs with forceps and pulls them out into the birth canal. The abortionist then delivers the entire baby except for the head and continues by jamming scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed and suction is inserted. The baby's brains are sucked out causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed partially. It has been proven that babies can feel pain in these procedures. The fetus can feel pain because it is alive and growing like a human. Abortion is wrong because it deprives the baby of rights and happiness because of the suffering it must go through during the abortion (Factbot). Women who have these painful abortions suffer emotional stress, and years after having the procedure they discover that they destroyed a human life. The women finally realize after many years of emotional stress the cause of it. After 5-10 years 54 percent of mothers choosing abortion had nightmares and 96 percent felt they had taken a life a from a study by Dr Anne Speckhard of the University of Minnesota. People need to listen to the women who have had abortions in the past to hear what they are really about. From them people can learn much more than a clinic can teach. After having an abortion, many women can tell a person the true facts--abortion is murder.

'Recent evidence indicates many women harbor strong guilt feelings long after their abortions. Guilt is one important cause of child battering and infanticide. Abortion lowers women's self-esteem and there are studies reporting a major loss of self-esteem in battering parents,' said Dr. Phillip Ney. There are places that give abortion counseling. However, many of these places do not give accurate information accurate information is needed so women, and men, know that abortion will take away a human life.

In a 1973 court ruling, known as Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal. Since this ruling the number of teen pregnancies has increased from 4.94 per cent in 1972 to 9.92 percent in 1990. The number of teen abortions has doubled from 19.9 per thousand teenagers in 1972 to 43.8 per thousand teenagers in 1990 while the number of teen births has increased from 22.8 to 42.5 per thousand. The number of births to unmarried women has increased 7.3 per cent during the year's from1972 to 1990 while the number of abortions increased 11.7 per cent during those years (Harrison 3).

Abortion should no longer be legal. It is rapidly becoming a form of birth control. No longer must women worry about protection, if they should conceive a child, they can choose to take its life. Abortion is the most frequent surgical operation in the US, and the leading cause of death in Minnesota (Melville 5). Currently there are two million couples waiting for adoption in America, yet there are 30 abortions for every one adoption (Factbot). These statistics are true. Abortion needs to be stopped.

Abortion is clearly the taking of a human life, an action that is wrong under the United States constitution. Women must stop being denied the facts and start being told the truth. The people of the US must start standing up for the rights of all people, born and unborn. "Abortion concerns not only the unborn child, it concerns every one of us," said former President of the United States Ronald Reagan (Whitney 45). Abortion concerns all of us. People need to start caring for the women who are hurting as a result of an abortion, and women who are struggling over the decision. People must tell them the facts, and work at making the conditions better for women, because 84 per cent would keep their babies under better circumstances (Factbot). America needs to open her ears to the screams of the 1.6 million babies murdered each year.


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