every person, for the lives of women and their children. Once I realized through personal experience that abortion is the termination of the life of another human being, I could accept no part of it. I believe that women should have the freedom to choose in all things, but when a choice controls the life of another living human being, it’s not really a choice is it? I accept as scientific fact that if a fetus has two human parents, it must be human, and if it is growing, it must be alive; I believe the natural human rights that we extend to all human beings cannot be denied to the unborn. The real civil rights question turns on how you rationalize control over human beings that are as yet unborn. Do they have natural human rights or are they property… slaves?
During my college pregnancy I found myself fighting for my rights as a woman – the right to have my baby. When I shared my pregnancy with people I trusted, several asked me “Have you thought about abortion?” Or when I told them I was having and keeping my baby some responded in a snarky tone, “Why?” I even shared the knowledge of my pregnancy with one of my professors and her response was, “Well, that’s good that you had the right to choose this.” It is a sad world we live in where a woman has to justify keeping her own child.
Because speech about abortion is chilled, especially in my generation, we do not look at the scientific truth and empirical evidence that could inform our thought and choice. We never talk about the personal consequence of making an abortive choice. Even though the issue is positioned as a women’s health right, there are no credible published studies that identify situations where an abortion has improved the life or well-being of even a single woman. In the United States we ignore the increasing evidence from respected European studies that show harmful outcomes can occur in post-abortive women, both physically and psychologically.
For instance, a study in Finland used women’s medical records to find that women who had an abortion were three times more likely to commit suicide within one year than women in the general population, and they were more than six times more likely to commit suicide than women who had carried their pregnancies to term. Such reliable studies from reputable sources strongly indicate the psychological risk women face as a result of an abortion choice. Society in the United States simply does not understand abortion independent from political and ideological issues. Abortion opinion in our culture is shaped by pervasive secular political ideology and not by any reasoned or scientific presentation or actual discussion of objective truth.
So many people of my generation, the millennial generation, have bought into the campaign that abortion is a “necessary evil"; much like our slave-owning ancestors, history appears to be repeating itself. I understand the level of thought of a person who says they are pro-choice only at certain gestational age; or when they say they support abortion, but would personally never have an abortion. I understand the thought process of that person because I was that person. Many good, compassionate, well-meaning people hold these opinions; most of the people I know share this opinion. They don’t formulate a reasoned basis to decide at what point a fetus, literally a little one, becomes human? How can we as imperfect human beings give ourselves an arbitrary authority to determine whether or not a little one is alive or human? As a society we have bought a sales pitch that abortion is good with little or no critical thinking about that proposal. We tell ourselves lies to justify abortion, when the obvious and inescapable scientific answer is that life begins at conception. It is not a matter of faith; it’s a fact.