The Abortion Issue Is Simple: Babies Are People And Murdering People Is Wrong
by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:
When did killing babies become normalized within American society? Many would say that it was the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade that initiated not just a tidal wave of abortions in the US but also a cultural trend of death as a means of convenience. In fact, the case was never meant to make abortion a common practice; the argument was specifically over a woman’s right to privacy under the 14th Amendment. There was also a question as to what constituted the rights of the states under the 10th Amendment to restrict such procedures.
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The Supreme Court’s decision in 1973 was wildly illogical because it ignored debate on the most important and most fundamental question – Does a baby in the womb have human rights and constitutional rights? This question was skirted by the Supreme Court labeling babies within the first trimester as merely the “potentiality of life.” The court danced around the issue by asserting that the constitution does not specifically define what “life” is and when life begins.
The Founding Fathers never saw the need to “define” life and when life begins because at the time it was common sense that an unborn child was still a living human being. They never could have predicted that killing babies in the womb would come up as something our society would demand as common practice. Even though some of the founders were not orthodox Christians, they still held a certain common moral compass that would have made the thought of mass murder of children for reasons of convenience incomprehensible.
This was the stuff of Babylonian barbarism; a monstrous practice in early human history that Christianity sought to erase. Bringing child murder and fetal sacrifice back as a cultural phenomenon was such an outlandish idea that you would have been shunned from society just for arguing in favor of it.
I use the word “convenience” because that is exactly what abortion is – a matter of convenience. With the wide distribution of contraception, including birth control pills and condoms, there is simply no excuse under normal conditions for a woman to get pregnant if she doesn’t want to. Birth control pills are 99% effective, coupled with other means of contraception it is very difficult to become pregnant by accident.
No, most women get pregnant because they CHOOSE not to use these measures, for whatever reason. To understand why abortion is utterly reprehensible as well as unnecessary, we first need to examine some of the usual arguments in favor of the practice and why they fail on a rational level as well as on a moral level.
A Fetus Is Not Human Life?
A human baby develops a brain and a heartbeat at around 6-7 weeks, which is usually around the time that the mother realized she is pregnant. However, the active signs of life are of no concern to abortionists. They question the very parameters of life, almost from an existential position. The reality they refuse to accept is that there are so many factors to human existence, personality and knowledge that are inherent; meaning inborn.
This is a scientific fact. How much of a person’s “self” is determined upon conception? It’s hard to say, but we know many factors are already present. The question of defining life in support of the Roe v. Wade decision is bizarre. I say this because abortion activists are essentially making the assertion that THEY should decide what life is and when life begins. The Supreme Court backed them in 1973 because they didn’t want to take on the responsibility of defining life; they instead deferred to people who desperately want to end lives as the deciders and definers.
Abortion advocates and certain other groups (most of them on the political left) will say that a human being is a “blank slate” upon birth; a Tabula Rasa that only becomes human through environmental experiences. This is simply false according to science and psychology. Humans are born with inherent ideas of language, mathematics, physics, inherent personality traits and the majority have a sense of empathy and moral compass. Experience helps to hone these traits, but they still exist in the child without the aid of environment.
Because our understanding of life and the beginnings of human consciousness is so limited, and because there is ample evidence of inborn humanity, would it not be best to err on the side of caution and NOT kill children in the womb?
Abortion Is About The “Right To Privacy” Under The 14th Amendment?
First and foremost, if you are committing murder of your child you do not have a right to privacy. It does not matter if that child is still in the womb, the child has rights that are separate from yours. They are not a mere appendage of your body, they have a separate body and life of their own, and therefore should be protected under the law.
Is a baby just a “clump of cells?” One could make the argument that pro-abortion activists are just clumps of cells. Which “life experiences” make them more valuable than an unborn baby?
The original Roe v. Wade decision split the difference between the state of Texas and Jane Roe (a fake name designed to protect the identity of Norma Nelson McCorvey). The Supreme Court claimed that women had a right to medical privacy in terms of abortion, but only until the baby became “viable.” Certain limitations could be applied by the states during the second and third trimester. McCorvey wanted completely unrestricted abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. The court decided that was a bit too much bloodlust.
In other words, the court did decide that abortion falls under 14th Amendment protections, but ONLY when the child is in the first trimester. Thus, the court also technically decided when life begins (in the second trimester), even though they asserted that the constitution does not allow them to do so.
I also find it interesting that the people that demand medical privacy for abortions (leftists) also are the same people that fought viciously against medical privacy when it came to forced vaccinations during the covid pandemic. Apparently, “my body my choice” only applies to killing helpless unborn kids.
With ample evidence that the vaccines are ineffective when compared to natural immunity, there is no proof that unvaxxed people are any threat to the vaccinated. But when it comes to abortion, there is 100% certainty that another human being is going to die because of someone’s “medical privacy rights.”
Roe vs. Wade Being Overturned Means Women Will Now Be Forced To Go To “Back Alley” Clinics?
This is nonsense. Unfortunately, the latest Supreme Court decision does not ban abortion nationwide, it only allows individual states to ban abortion, or those states can put the decision to a public vote through legislation. My home state of Montana has certain preexisting laws which were passed decades ago which still allow abortions to continue for now. Hopefully these laws will be overturned. That said, there are numerous blue states nearby that people will surely travel to if they want an abortion. It is unlikely that these states will ever ban the practice because they are thoroughly controlled by leftists.
Ultimately, Roe v. Wade being overturned will simply lead to more babies being born. Not a flood of injuries from back alley clinics. There is also far less stigma attached to women getting pregnant out of wedlock than 50 years ago. There are no excuses for abortion. None.
Ending Abortion Is A Punishment Against The Poor
A common refrain of pro-abortion advocates is that an unwanted pregnancy can lead to financial difficulties for those people in poverty. In tandem, they will also argue that you are “punishing the children” by forcing low wage families to bring them into a world of poverty.
This is more nonsense and also a false moral dilemma created from thin air by people who, once again, are only interested in matters of convenience (or those who are population control zealots). Beyond the numerous birth control options, there is also the issue of adoption. There are many resources out there for women who are seeking to give their child up for adoption and plenty of couples that cannot have children of their own. It’s a win-win, and also the child usually wins too.
Beyond that, people with children are much more likely to seek to improve their living standards rather than living comfortably in a financial rut. Specifically, men who become fathers tend to work harder and try to increase their earning potential. Just because a family is in poverty now does not mean they have to be in the future. Killing a child because they MIGHT have to deal with poverty is the kind of insane logic we have come to expect from the political left. Maybe that kid will learn something from that kind of struggle, and maybe he/she would prefer struggle to death?
As a side note, I have heard the argument multiple times from leftists that the best way to deal with inflation in the US is to allow illegal immigrants to invade across the border at will. The theory: More people means more production and more consumption and thus less inflation. This is not how inflation works, of course, but if they really believe more people is the solution to the inflation crisis then they should be cheering for an end to abortion.
Giving Birth In The Hospital Is Costly?
The average cost of giving birth in a hospital is around $13,000. Yes, this is expensive for many families, but it is a cost that is paid over YEARS, and that’s if the family does not have Medicare. This is a non-argument. Monetary cost is irrelevant when a human life is in question.
What About Abortion In Extreme Cases?
This is how leftists try to get their foot in the door on abortion logic; by first illustrating a rare and absolute worst case scenario such as women who are pregnant from rape or incest. They try to create precedence for an uncommon circumstance, and then parley that precedence into abortion for all women all the time.