I always kind of assumed that when abortion was legalized in 1973 in the US, people didn’t really know much about prenatal development and weren’t sure when life began. And maybe that was true about the general population, but I have just learned that there were definitely people that new.
I’m reading this book called The First Nine Months by Geraldine Lux Flanagan, published in 1962—11 years before Roe v. Wade. They knew. They absolutely knew.
The baby begins life as a single cell, smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, and would be only barely visible to the naked eye. This cell is created by the union of two parent cells: the female egg cell or ovum, and the male sperm cell. (p. 19)
That moment, when the two new nuclei form and the now fertilized egg divides into two, is the beginning of the life of a new individual. This is the zero hour of Day One. (p. 26)
This just… infuriates me. How on earth was the Court’s decision passed?? Did no one ask an embryologist? Or did they understand that life begins at fertilization and decide it wasn’t important? Because if they had asked the experts, they definitely would have said that’s when life begins.
Let me tell you, the scientific community knew in 1962, in 1973, and they know now in 2013—An individual’s life begins at conception. There is absolutely no religion, no ideology, no theology involved in this. It is a scientific fact.
This is a photo of me as a newborn baby. So many, many parents learn that their unborn child has a cleft lip/palate and choose to have them violently murdered through abortion.
I am not just my birth defect.
God creates all of His children purposefully and perfectly in His image.
Please pray for those at the March for Life in Washington DC; that their efforts to end abortion are successful. Continue to pray that many hearts change to value the sanctity of life and to protect the dignity of all humans from conception through natural death.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is fucking disgusting!
Who thought this add was a good idea? Because I would love to find them an punch them in the throat repeatedly.
This is beyond disgusting! I thought the left thought men didn’t have a say so in the “reproductive rights” of women. Remember, no uterus no opinion? I guess that only applies to men who are pro life. Greg is so spot on when he said it showed the cavalier attitude towards abortion.
You know what’s really telling?
“They’ve been trying to put limits on you. On me.”
…on you, sir?
Abortion isn’t and never has been about “opressed women”. It’s about selfish, pleasure-seeking, irresponsible men who now have no physical reason - no physical consequence - not to push and bully women into pleasing them sexually. Women are becoming, culturally, the sex symbol we supposedly hate being reduced to.
It’s ironic that there’s man in the ad at all, when you look at the pro-choice platform screaming for female autonomy and female voice. I thought you didn’t get to have an opinion on abortion if you didn’t have ovaries.
But the message in this propaganda is that his opinion, the man’s opinion, is all that matters.
That is the end of the discussion.
^ Very well said.
Probably the most important comment made in their discussion:
“I don’t think one woman out there celebrates the anniversary of her abortion.”
Wrong again, I’m afraid.
The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:
“The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they beling to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death.”
“The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings from the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined…. As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.” (Donum Vitae III)
Marc kills it, once again.
[Catholics For Choice president Jon O’Brien, in his blog in the Huffington Post]:
From that point forward, we have the right — and the responsibility — to speak as Catholics on matters of social justice, including those that involve sex, sexuality and reproduction. Understandably, this makes Walsh and her bosses nervous because all too often, the bishops haven’t said or done the right thing on these issues.
The “right thing” being what the arbiter of the Catholic faith — Jon O’Brien — believes to be the right thing, namely the acceptance and toleration of human beings being killed in utero.
We base our support for access to reproductive health services on the long-standing traditions within Catholicism.
Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops — who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine — I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written Word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. (Evangelium Vitae 62)
They’re not the only clinic in this country that does late-term abortions, obviously.
But holy crap. Plenty of babies have survived after being born between 23 and 26 weeks! (A handful even as early as 21 weeks.) Those fetuses are viable!
Edit: Ooookay people, let’s calm down. I was just pointing out that many of those fetuses could have been viable. (But if it’s because of the mother’s health, why not just have a C-section instead of a TWO-DAY abortion procedure?? Waiting two days to end pregnancy when the mother’s health is in danger doesn’t make any sense to me. I suspect most of those cases would be for fetal abnormalities then.)
good thing I’m not an extremist and I’m pro choice… almost lost my religion there… still got some questions though:
Can i be baptist and pro- abortion?
what about protestant?
are there people running around all “abort ALL the unborns?”…
who the hell are these…
Yeah, we have another name for pro-choice Catholics: heretics.
US births in 1991 (the year I was born): 4,111,000
US (reported) abortions in 1991: 1,388,937
aborted babies divided by total = .2525 or 25.25%
I correct my statement to 1/4.
(Please take note, however, that the reported number of abortions does not include illegal abortions or abortions performed by “doctors” with expired or revoked licenses.)
Today, I am silent.
I am in silent solidarity with my brothers and sisters who were not as lucky as I. God blessed me with my parents. Even in an unplanned teenage pregnancy, they saw the goodness in my tiny new life. If I had different parents, my life may have been at great risk of being snuffed out.
I, quite literally, have survived the abortion holocaust. Satan tried to kill me, but he failed. And now, I will stop at nothing to stand where my brothers and sisters cannot and defend the sanctity of all human life, from womb to tomb.
Today, I am alive. But because 1/3 of my generation is not, today, I am silent.