Show MoreMany people believe that morals or ethics should not have any persuasion at all in our laws. Do you believe that slavery is immoral? Is the issue of slavery a moral position? Is the legislation on that moral position appropriate? Then what you have most likely said is that it is appropriate to legislate moral issues that you are in favor of. Should slavery be enforced purely as a moral issue? This is an important point because many people say that we should not force a particular morality on the issue of abortion. Slavery was brought up because it involves human rights, as abortion does also. The question is whether an unborn child is a human being that has the same inalienable rights that a black human being has. This stems the question,…show more content…
Some, like Stephen Currie claim that “A newborn feels pain; this is apparent by simple observation. Until the very end of pregnancy, however, essentially no evidence exists that a fetus can feel pain.” (Currie, 2000) Yet, they react to touch as early as 8 weeks, and moves on its own in the 6th week. There are those born without the ability to feel pain at all, are they not considered human? Hank Hanegraaf has this to say about the killing of an unborn, “Abortion involves killing because the zygote, which fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life (including metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction), is indeed terminated. The living baby in the mother’s womb is a human being because he or she is the product of human parents and has a totally distinct human genetic code. This truth that abortion terminates the life of a human being is substantiated by science.” (Practical Apologetics, Hanegraaff)
Pro-abortionists say that having an abortion is liberating for a woman, the chance to exercise her right to choice. What choice or say does the child have? They also label those who do not want a child mangled and torn apart and killed and sucked out a mother’s womb as extremists, or religious fanatics. They attack those who choose life by saying “For those who believe that the so-called pro-life have occupied the high moral ground in the debate on abortion, I say,
Abortion opponents answer this question by insisting that the woman is a victim, too — “broken and wounded,” in the words of Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America. The woman is desperate, confused and alone. Someone pushed her into it — her parents, her boyfriend or husband, the “culture of death” that tells her an embryo is just a clump of cells, Planned Parenthood. Yes, somehow, the mere existence of a clinic forces her to enter its doors, even if she has to drive all day to get there, sleep in her car to fulfill a 24-, 48- or 72-hour waiting period, listen to a script full of anti-abortion propaganda and pay a month’s wages for the procedure.
If you consider how determined a woman has to be to get an abortion in much of the country these days and how much energy states expend trying to dissuade her, it’s hard to see her as a frail flower. If abortion is murder, the woman is less like a victim and more like someone who hires a hit man. In law, both parties are culpable.
Abortion opponents know full well that the public would not abide putting women in prison en masse. Politically, it’s more palatable to portray them as irrational, ignorant and childlike, perhaps even temporarily insane. They are, in any case, incompetent to make their own decisions. If a woman thinks having a baby as a college freshman or a mother of five is a terrible idea, if she has health problems or is trying to escape a bad relationship or feels unready for motherhood, well, she just doesn’t know what’s good for her.
Emotional distress, immaturity or pressure from others don’t work well as defenses in ordinary murder cases, though. We put actual children in prison for killing, and many people who kill are under the sway of others. We rarely count that as an excuse.
Abortion opponents claim that, before Roe v. Wade, anti-abortion laws never went after women. This is not entirely accurate: Oklahoma criminalized the woman as well as the provider. Women didn’t go to prison before Roe, but they were punished. They were forced to remain pregnant under even the direst circumstances. If they rejected that fate, they were forced to self-abort or seek illegal providers, risking death and injury. They were interrogated by the police, subpoenaed and forced to testify in court against their provider.
Today, the law is still going after women for abortion. In Indiana last year, Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for what the prosecutor charged was an illegal self-abortion. In Tennessee, Anna Yocca was charged with attempted murder for trying to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger. In Pennsylvania, Jennifer Whalen went to jail for giving her daughter abortion pills. Have our kinder, gentler abortion opponents spoken up for any of these women?
Around the world, countries — El Salvador, Mexico and the Philippines among them — sometimes jail women who obtain illegal abortions. In 2013, Ireland approved a law with a very narrow exception for the life of the mother. That is paired with up to a 14-year prison sentence for women and providers for abortions that don’t pass the test.
Forgive me if I am skeptical that a movement strong enough to push for laws that severely limit abortion in the United States would be much different from anti-abortion movements in other countries where abortion is banned and women are punished. Forty-plus years of hurling insults like “baby killer” and “murderess” at women on their way into clinics have got to mean something.
Perhaps Mr. Trump “misspoke,” as he described it, because he’s a relatively recent convert to the cause, unfamiliar with the doublespeak in which forcing women to give birth is a form of love, and punishment is the last thing on the anti-abortion movement’s mind. In his blundering way, he revealed the true logic of the case against legal abortion: If it’s murder, then murder has consequences. Too bad the moment of clarity couldn’t last.Continue reading the main story