A few years ago when I was considering running for political office i wanted to try and make sense to everyone. One of the topics that gets people in trouble is abortion. I thought about making the God argument or maybe the social argument against abortion. But those arguments have been tried many times and have too much “baggage” to be able to have a coherent debate without eye rolling or name calling. It took me a long while to come up with the phrasing, I had to write it down and comb over it until it made sense. As I finished the outline it all came together. My argument against abortion is foolproof. Morally, ethically and constitutionally foolproof. I am sure that many will throw this argument out on it’s face without even thinking the logic through. I am certain that if you give it the time and logically think it through you will not be able to punch holes in it or even dent it. Why? Because the logic is undeniable.
I do have one caveat, if he mother will die because of the pregnancy then the child should be the one taken if medically necessary. Why? Take your pick, all the reasons are viable.
So to get on with the story I begin with this; life without human intervention will most positively go on. No matter what we try to do life is an enduring part of being human and it’s persistence is inevitable.
Let’s take a hypothetical situation. A woman is pregnant. She falls ill and no longer is able to respond to anyone. Her mind is just gone. Her body remains in tact and lives on. I must give this point, we keep her alive. Our science and doctors keep her body as healthy as we can until the pregnancy is full term and the baby is born via surgery. Yes, we intervened with her but that is not the point. If you stick on this point you are looking for reasons for this argument to fail, already grasping at straws. But the fact remains, the child will be born alive and will be just fine. This hypothetical has happened in real life so it is absolutely possible. Even if the mother is not a vegetable the child will be born no matter what the mother does unless she interferes in a way tar is meant to kill the child.
That child now has rights. They are a citizen of the united states. The child grows, goes to school, gets a job, has a girlfriend/boyfriend, graduates college, gets married, has children of their own, gets a great job, retires, has grandchildren and reaches old age just like the rest of us. This is inevitable. Barring any unforeseen circumstances (accidents, sicknesses) this is the most likely scenario that WILL face any child. AIl children will grow up to make choices. All children will grow up to have friends. All children will be grow up to become someone’s mother, father, grandmother or grandfather or even choose to have no children. But the fact remains that freedom of choice will be the mainstay of their modern American life. No matter what, that Person’s rights to choose must not be interrupted by murder lest the murderer face death themselves because we do not constitutionally tolerate the taking away of rights by someone else.
So, we know that a child that is born will have his/her rights protected under our constitution. We Also know that any woman whom is pregnant will most likely bear a child without much care being taken. This is how the human body works. Modern medicine also allows for us to assume that pregnancy will not lead to the death of the mother. With these three facts we know with certainty that the child Will survive the birthing process unless human intervention is applied.
Let’s put the logic together. That is, if you haven’t already. Once the child is conceived they are almost certain to be born. The risk is no greater than any one of us having a fatal car crash. Once born the child has all the rights of a grandmother. So, as I see it, the rights go right to the conception. Yes, they do. Even though that is an embryo we know that person will make choices, what car to buy, what clothes to wear and so on. Aborting the child denies that Person of the right to choose to drive or take the bus or even become a liberal, conservative or a non-voter.
Now, some of you say that an embryo is just a mass of cells that would soon die if taken from the mother. But isn’t that what we are? Aren’t we just a bunch of cells that would also die if removed from air? Those cells are still that grandmother.
Some might be saying that those cells are part of the mothers body at that point. I suppose those of you who insist on this did not pay much attention to what we all just read. Those cells will grow to be an individual human. What right do you have to take away the freedom to choose of that person. Yes the embryo IS a person. Those cells WILL grow into a person if you leave them be.
So, I am sure that many are not convinced by my argument. But I expect as much. It is the state of humanity. We ignore the logic and insist on our opinion, no matter how deeply flawed those opinions are.
Life is inevitable, logic is inescapable. Abortion is extinguishing the rights of grandmothers, fathers and citizens of the united states.