By Socrates Nyongobela
After the terror attack in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded, the world shouted, so to speak. But that same day, according to the Guttmacher Institute, there was an estimate of 3,000 lives silently killed through abortion in the United States. Right to abortion is one of the controversial subjects that divides America into two groups, pro-life and pro-choice. Pro-choice activists believe that abortion is the right of every woman, and it should be the woman’s decision whether or not she wants an abortion since it’s her body. But the pro-lifers who believe that abortion should be considered murder because it’s killing people in their most vulnerable stage, will never cease to fight against the abortion right. How can a choice of someone to her body be considered “murder?”
Pro-choice believers are not encouraging everyone to do abortion, but they believe that it is up to every woman to choose what to do with what is in her uterus, a group of pro-choice at MIT claimed. Moreover, pro-choice activists are thinking maybe people who are fighting against abortion are trying to enforce their religious moral beliefs to everyone. However, the fight against abortion has deep roots that do not originate with religion. Most pro-life activists may have a religious affiliation, but the matter of life and death is of greater seriousness regardless our beliefs. Every woman should have right to decide how to deal with her body and control her fertility, but abortion is something that is beyond just a woman’s uterus. Uterus belong to a woman, but it contains another life that should have the same right as does the mother.
When we claim that we have the right to make decisions, but our decisions are about killing, are we expecting our choice to be respected? Decisions that we make affect others. In the case of abortion, the direct victim is a fetal life. Skeptics who are not convinced that terminating a fetal life is equivalent to killing a human being are blinded to an absolute reality–a fetus is a life that has potential like any other human being. As a graduate student in biology and a Pro-choice activist at MIT, who claimed that such feeling is religious. We have to show respect to fetal life and not thinking that those babies are our enemies. Since our first minutes, as a single cell, in the Fallopian tubes of our mothers, we become a life that is different to that of the mother and the father. And as we develop in the womb, we have blood, genetics that are different to those of our mothers even though we depend on them for our protection, breathing, and eating. Interestingly, even in the early weeks of pregnancy, some of our organs, such us the heart, start to function. The fetal development evidently depicts that unborn babies are alive as other individuals.
Every choice or decision we make has its consequences, on ourselves or other people. For this reason, we have to think about how our decision affect others before we can go ahead with it.
People who stand for abortion should understand that they are convicting other individuals to death. Because someone conceived unexpectedly, was raped, or through incestuous sex, it is not a justification for an abortion. Sadly, we have developed an assumption that babies who conceived in such ways are unwanted and deserve to be hated. One pro-choice activist at MIT argued that abortion is for the child’s benefit because she believes “that it is better not to be born” instead of being born hated. Another one said, ” I believe that abortion IS taking responsibility. Bringing an unwanted child into the world is irresponsible.”
Why should we develop such hatred to innocent unborn babies to the extent of calling them “unwanted?” Even though the pregnancy is unexpected, the result of rape, or incest, it is unfair to do abortion. When we get rid of a pregnancy, we are just displacing anger and hatred that should be directed to the other person or on our reckless to a helpless and an innocent individual– the unborn baby. After all, the baby did not partake in the intercourse that resulted in the pregnancy. Why, then, should the fetus be held in such a bitter contempt, even convicted to death, to transgressions it did not commit? To direct the so-called “choice” to a fetus is wrong. One best analogy that the Republican presidential nominate candidate and the retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, gives, brings the visual image of why it’s wrong. Dr. Carson explains, Thinking that we have right to decide on what to do with our pregnancy is like believing that slave owners “had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave.”
If we agree that nobody has right to do whatever he or she desires to another person, it’s evident that no one should claim abortion right.
Authorities should take their stand against abortion for it claims a staggering number of lives that would have become very useful people. It is so ironic that we spend a lot of time and resources to fight against terrorism and gun violence; on the other hand, legalizing abortion that takes lives more than both terrorism and gun violence combined. For this reason, abortion should be considered in the same legal framework with murder. It’s unthinkable to view abortion as the right to choice while we well know that it’s killing. Abortion is not a remedy for rape, incest, nor is it for an unexpected pregnancy. Therefore, we should never support such an act of hate for humanity.