Monday, October 27, 2014

The Case For Personhood & Against Abortion

Those who are pro-life are now fighting to have the baby in the womb declared a person.   There are state initiatives making their way to the ballot that speak to this "Personhood" issue.   What I know for sure, as a new grandfather, is that not long after conception, there is a human baby in the womb.  I know it because I saw the sonogram pictures of my granddaughter as she continued to develop until birth.   To say that a fetus is a blob of tissue, warranting no protection under the law, is ridiculous.   Let's be clear.   An abortion and particularly an abortion after the first 6 or 8 weeks of conception is the murder of a human being.   I saw the little fingers in those sonograms.   To dispute that we are dealing with a human being is to deny reality. 

50 million babies have been destroyed in the United States since Roe V Wade in 1972.  It is a crime against humanity in the name of a woman's right to choose.  It is one thing to implement an abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is truly in danger; but to use abortion as birth control is absolutely infanticide.   How can a nation that often focuses on protecting whales, polar bears and other endangered species ignore the destruction of human life caused by abortion.  Partial birth abortion and late term abortions should be against the law under all circumstances. 

If we must have abortion in the United States, there should be reasonable restrictions.  There should be no abortions allowed after 20 weeks in the womb.  Clearly, a woman should be able to decide to have an abortion before a baby is fully formed.   Abortions should only be performed in facilities that would be required for any other surgical procedure.  And, every woman should have a sonogram before deciding on an abortion to see the human life that will be destroyed.   After getting that sonogram, there should be a 24 hour waiting period to have the mother consider her decision carefully.  None of these restrictions would impose undue hardship on anyone.  How many more babies must be destroyed, in the name of a woman's right to choose, before common sense and decency prevails. 

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