October 15, 2007

So we have the left and right embroiled in this great debate over abortion. Ever since Roe v. Wade, every candidate for nearly every political office is asked for their stance on abortion. The general opinions of each side seems to stem from a discrepancy over whether or not the process ends a human life. What is this thing we call a “life,” and how do some cling dogmatically to the belief that a fetus is certainly not “a life” (or possessing one) while at the same time other well-educated and intelligent people claim with the same vigor that a fetus certainly is.

1) A dictionary, we hope, can be counted on as a nonpartisan source of information. Dictionary.com defines life as “the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.”

Well, we all must agree, regardless of our political affiliation that by this definition a fetus is undeniably alive. Growth through metabolism? that’s why there’s an umbilical chord. Check. Reproduction? The tools lie dormant, but they’re present. Adaptation to environment? anyone who has ever felt a fetus kick through the wall of an expectant mother’s abdomen to reposition itself has seen that.

Verdict: By a dictionary definition, a fetus is living.

2) Biologically, the issue is clear as well – from the moment of conception, a child/fetus/baby is, one hundred percent genetically complete. (http://www.crosswayprc.org/content/facts.asp)

3) The following story was posted sunday, october third, 2007, at


Emphasis added is my own.

Teen Charged As Adult In Unborn Baby Death

A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult for allegedly driving intoxicated and colliding into a pregnant mother’s car, killing her, her unborn baby boy and critically injuring her 6-year-old daughter. Jaime Arrellano, of Carthage, remains in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $2.5 million after being indicted on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one charge of intoxicated assault for the June 23 wreck.

A story expressing the same sentiment can be found here: http://www.jamestownsun.com/articles/index.cfm?id=55488

“GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — A woman here is accused of causing the death of her unborn child by overdosing on prescription drugs.”

These incidents are not at all isolated, and would appear to indicate that a child inside the womb is extended the same legal protection as a fully grown adult (obviously outside the womb.) So my question would be this: If John Doe shoots a pregnant mother, killing her and her child, he gets charged with a double homicide. If John Doe is a doctor performing an abortion, (ending the same life, albeit more precisely and profitably) he faces no criminal charges whatsoever. Does the legal protection of the unborn not extend into the delivery room?

In Cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is endangered, however, I believe abortion should be permitted, but not in any other circumstances.


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