Here are the FACTS about abortion:
Very few abortions occur at full-term. 88% of all abortions occur in the first trimester, with 61.8% occurring in the first nine weeks. 98.5% of abortions take place before viability. Late term abortions, after twenty weeks, are 1.5% of of all abortions (about 12,000 abortions)
Out of 1.2 million annual abortions, 12,000 are after 20 weeks. Most of these abortion are medically necessary due to health concerns of the mother, the fetus, or both.
These FACTS can be found at the Guttmacher Institute.
I realize that almost half of Americans are pro-Life, or at least when polled say they are pro-life. I am not at all convinced that as many people are pro-life as the polls suggest.
I wonder what how pro-lifers would respond to polling questions like this?
- Your eleven year old daughter is raped by a serial rapist and she became pregnant. Would you support your daughter having an abortion?
- Your wife is raped by an AID’s infected man. Her rape was a Todd Akin “legitimate” rape and she became pregnant. Would you support your wife having an abortion?
- Your wife is pregnant with a fetus that tests show will be born without a brain. Would you support your wife having an abortion?
- Your wife is in danger of losing her life if her fetus is carried to term. The doctor says unless an abortion is performed she will die. Would you support your wife having an abortion?
When faced with reality rather than political talking points I wonder how many people would actually stand by their no-exceptions anti-abortion stance?
Of course, many so-called pro-lifers say they support exemptions for rape, incest, and if the life of the mother is at stake. However, these exceptions are antithetical to the pro-life view. If life begins the moment the egg and sperm unite, then any abortion is the killing of a human life. It is inconsistent and hypocritical to call yourself pro-life and then turn right around and say, in some circumstances, it is permissible to kill the fetus.
According to anti-abortionists life begins at conception. At the very moment the sperm and egg unite a new life is created. Anti-abortionists are intractable when it comes to their position. Life begins at conception…end of debate.
Let me tell you a story……
This story takes place at the We Make Life Possible Fertility Clinic.
Sue gave birth to a beautiful baby girl through in vitro fertilization. Her baby girl is 1 month old . Sue stopped by the Fertility Clinic to show off her newborn to the Clinic staff.
While Sue was at the clinic a huge explosion rocked the place and the Clinic was engulfed in flames.
John, a pro-life activist, happened to be passing by the clinic when the explosion took place. John went running into the clinic hoping to perhaps save someone from the fire.
John had been to the We Make Possible Life Fertility Clinicbefore. His wife Mary had problems conceiving and the Clinic was able to help them conceive. Unfortunately, Mary miscarried a few months into the pregnancy.
John knew that the Clinic stores hundreds of fertilized eggs (embryos) in a freezer. As he entered the Clinic is saw Sue and her daughter huddled in a corner trying to get away from the fire. John thought “Surely I should save these two.”
But then John thought for a moment, and he realized that the fire was going to destroy all the frozen embryos. He told Sue and her baby sorryand rushed to the freezer where the frozen embryos were stored.
Through John’s heroic efforts hundreds of frozen embryos were saved,
Sadly, Mary and her newborn daughter died in the blaze.
Who among us would fault John? After all, he acted according to the greater good. Who wouldn’t save 200 lives at the expense of 2 lives.
The above story follows the logic of the life begins at conception viewpoint. There is no difference between 200 embryos and Sue and her baby. Life is life. It makes perfect sense for John to save the frozen embryos rather than Sue and her baby. Surely John would be praised for saving the 200 embryos. If the clinic is unable to reopen perhaps the frozen embryos can be put up for adoption. After all EVERY embryo is a life.
If life begins at conception, and terminating a pregnancy is the murder of a baby as Pro-Life zealots claim, then the following conclusions can be made:
- The woman who has the abortion is a murderer
- The doctor who performs the abortion is a murderer
- The nurse who helps with the abortion is a murderer
- The receptionist who books the abortion appointment is a murderer
If these conclusions are true then it means that none of these people will go to heaven when they die.
The Bible is clear:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8
It is also clear, at least to me, that people who kill innocent men, women, and children in war are murderers too. Where are the same Pro-Life zealots proclaiming the evil of war?
It seems that killing a zygote is murder but killing an Afghan child or mother is not. It seems that the only life Pro-Lifer’s protect is that which has not yet been born.
I have come to the conclusion that Pro-Lifer’s who do not condemn war are guilty of facilitating murder. Pro-Lifer’s charge those who believe abortion should be rare, safe, and legal with facilitating murder. As Pro-Lifer’s make quite clear, those who promote and facilitate abortion cannot be Christians. How can they be since they are facilitating murder?
I ask the same about Pro-Lifer’s who promote and facilitate war. How can they be Christian and support the murder of innocent men, women, and children? It seems to me that Heaven is going to be quite empty if murderers are barred from entering. In fact, God the grandest murderer of them all, would be banned from Heaven, according to Revelation 21:8.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:14,15
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 19:17-19
In about 17 months there will be a Presidential election. Republicans know they have a fight on their hands. They need to make sure that the faithful turn out in record numbers and vote for the Republican candidate. They need to appeal to the value voters, those who hold to right-wing political and social beliefs.
One of the key issues that will make it to the ballot in 2012 is whether or not a fertilized egg is a person. Personhood USAis circulating petitions in all 50 states hoping to get politicians to enact personhood laws. According to Rachel Maddow there are already eight states debating personhood legislation and with 2012 being a Presidential election year it is quite likely that there will be a concerted effort to get Personhood initiatives on the ballot.
One of the implications of Personhood laws is that they could make the use of birth control pills illegal. (since birth control pills are an abortifacient and can, and do cause spontaneous abortion) 46 years ago in Griswold v. Connecticut the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right of privacy extended to the use of contraceptives and states could not ban the sale of contraceptives. (it is hard to believe there was a time where selling birth control was illegal)
Personhood laws could upend not only Roe v. Wade but Griswold v. Connecticut. If a fertilized egg is a person then any deliberate effort to kill the fertilized egg would be considered murder. A quick perusal of The Pill Killswebsite will make it clear that the Personhood crowd is dead alive serious.
What is the implication of a Personhood law?
- All abortion would be illegal, including abortion in the case of rape and incest
- Abortion to save the life of the mother would be outlawed since it is illegal to murder one person to save another
- Using any form of birth control that is an abortifacient would be illegal
- Our entire legal code would need to be rewritten to reflect that a fertilized egg is a person
- A person causing a woman to miscarry would be charged with murder.
- Parents would be able to claim the fertilized egg as a dependent on their income tax return
- Fertilized eggs would be eligible for adoption
- Stem cell research would be curtailed and possibly even banned
I can imagine a new Evangelical evangelism outreach to fertilized eggs. “Winning People to Jesus, One Fertilized Egg at a Time.”
We must not sit on the sidelines while right-wing Christians attempt to push their social agenda down the throat of the American people. We must consistently, and continually point out that Personhood laws are fraught with legal implications that will turn the legal code into a mine field.
Right-wing Christians are not going away. Obama being elected President was a stern rebuke and they have no intentions of sitting idly by and letting liberal, fertilized egg killing Democrats win in 2012. I expect a vicious fight not only on the Federal level but the State and Local level too.
Put the Bible away. Put away all the religious presuppositions about what life is. Look at the graphic below. Is what you see a baby and that by aborting it you are committing murder?
Only those blinded by their religious ideology can conclude that this is a picture of a baby. At best it is potential life but not life itself.
Now let me get personal for a moment.
If you believe people who support a woman’s right to an abortion are murderers or evil people then why do you have anything to do with me? If this is your view then why would you want to be anywhere near a neighbor, friend, husband, father, father-in-law, or grandfather like me who is a m-u-r-d-e-r-e-r? IF I am a murderer, and I support the murder of over a million babies a year, (your word not mine) then aren’t I just as evil as Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy?
Of course I am not and that’s the problem with your shrill rhetoric. I am a kind, decent, loving neighbor, friend, husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. Yes I am an atheist but I am more “Christian” than many of the Christians you know.
How about asking me WHY I support a woman’s right to an abortion? If asked, you would find out that:
- I don’t think human life begins at conception. Potential life, yes, but human life? No.
- When I see a picture of the zygote above I don’t see a “baby.” It is a group of cells not a baby.
- I support a woman’s right to use birth control to keep from getting pregnant. I know that some forms of birth control causes spontaneous abortions. I have no problem with this since I don’t think life begins at conception.
- Since 88% of abortions occur in the first trimester, long before viability, I fully support a woman’s right to an abortion. (and access to morning after drugs)
- I do not support abortion on demand after viability. However, only 12,000 a year occur after viability and, in most cases, these abortions are medically necessary due to health concerns of the mother, the fetus, or both.
I am an atheist. I don’t believe in God, I don’t believe what the Bible teaches. My beliefs are not governed by the Bible. When I came to the view I now hold on abortion it was because of the science behind the abortion debate.
I am also a father, father-in-law, and a grandfather. If ANY of the women in my family were raped or were carrying a fetus that could cost them their lives, I would want them to have access to every medical and psychological means necessary to help them. I am most concerned for the LIVING.
I didn’t come to this position easily. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome. I know many women have an abortion when they find out they are carrying a fetus with Down's. I can’t imagine our life without Bethany. My brother was born three months premature, not too many weeks past the viability line. I can’t imagine life without my little brother.
My point is this…everything doesn’t fit neatly in a pro-life or pro-choice box. Life is messy and we are forced to make hard decisions all the time. This post is an attempt to get people to see that it is simplistic and offensive when people label me as a murderer or evil. (and when you say people who support abortion are murderers or evil you ARE saying I am a murderer or evil)
I have long since come to the conclusion that there is no common ground to be had with people who are pro-life. (and Mike I am not talking about you) They start with religion rather than science and I see no way of finding common ground.
I understand the pro-life view, I really do. I was pro-life for most of my adult life. I fully understand the why’s of being pro-life. I know all the proof-texts and I think the Bible readily supports the pro-life view. (and the pro-slavery, pro-polygamy, pro-incest, pro-genocide view too)
I understand where you are coming from. Now it is time for you to give me the same courtesy.