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When Did You Begin to Matter

Abortion:the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus during the first 12weeks of pregnancy. ( Dictionary.com) Abortion is the murder of unborn children, and since it first became legal, a rate of around 1.5 million unborn babies have been killed a year in the United States. Some of those couldve of even been your aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, or you. These huge numbers are comparable to a holocaust of the innocent, similar to the Nazi genocide against the Jews. "Pro-life" activists see what they do as what "good Germans" didn't do in the face of Hitler's atrocities.

On the other hand, those who are pro-death, or in other words, pro-abortion, view opposition to abortion as opposition to the freedom of women, as hatred of women, as part of subjugating women and viewing them as nothing more than baby-making machines. In general, "pro-death" activists believe that the availability of abortion is absolutely necessary for the general alleviation of poverty and for the POSSIBILITY of better lives for both women and children.

One of their most used arguments is that abortion should stay legal just because it would continue being practiced even if it were illegal again. The trouble with such reasoning is that it could just as easily give us an argument for legalizing theft or murder or rape. These things have been illegal for a long time, but they just continue happening anyway. So we might as well legalize them. Of course, no one is going to accept such reasoning in those matters. The fact that something is happening or will continue to happen cannot be an argument for whether it is acceptable.

A similarly bad argument says that abortion should be legal because women will get killed while getting illegal abortions. This could just as easily be an argument for legalizing armed robbery or any other crime, since armed robbers and other criminals can get shot or killed in doing what they do. But no. If something is wrong, then the fact that someone engaging in that wrong action might be hurt or killed is irrelevant.

Martin Arreola 5* English H. Oct. 26, 2010

A pro-choice bumper-sticker occasionally seen says, "If you can't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?" However, although everyone has a "choice" whether or not to commit murder, this does not mean that they can choose whether murder is legal or not. If abortion is murder, then the legal issues of killing a fetus is the same as if the mother was to kill the father. Many time Republican Presidential candidate nominee Alan Keyes says:

...if your daughter comes and says "Dad, I want to kill grandma for the inheritance," you wouldn't say "well, this is not a good idea, but it's your choice." People are trusted with freedom because they are generally trusted not to do wrong as autonomous moral agents. When they do wrongs, like murder, robbery, or rape we do not "trust" that the action was right just because it was all right with them.

Killing life, no matter how small is murder and it is wrong. A New York Times News poll, reported in the Los Angeles Daily News, reports that 50% of Americans actually believe that abortion is murder. It is. By the time abortions are usually performed, heart, brain, blood circulation, organs, and other life functions already exist. In the 2007 movie Juno, Ellen Page (as Juno) is dissuaded from having an abortion in part because her classmate tells her that the fetus already has fingernails. As it happens, her classmate, protesting at the abortion clinic, is a sweet Chinese girl; not the stereotype of a screaming male redneck.

Another stereotype about abortions is that they are done because of rape, while only 1% of abortions are performed because of forced sex. 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child. While 93% occur for social reasons and the child is unwanted or inconvenient. If the child was inconvenient, then why have sex in the first place? In having intentional sex the couple needs to accept any consequences in their actions. That is why sex is called making love. Because you are supposed to love your partner enough to make that love into a little girl or boy whom youll love forever with all your heart and raise them until they have kids of their own. This is how we came to be, how we have life. But what IS life and when did it begin? When did we begin? When did we begin to matter? Is you breathing in oxygen, pumping blood, moving, or your ability to cry, life? Because if it is, then a 12 week old fetus is practically full of life. Or does life begin when the Doctor draws you

Martin Arreola 5* English H. Oct. 26, 2010

out of your screaming mother, slaps you to cry, and hands you over to your mom? Is that when you started to matter? Didnt you matter when your heart began to beat after only 3 weeks of conception, or when you had the makings of hands and feet at only 7 weeks. Did you matter after 10 weeks of conception when you started feeling pain, sucking your thumb, or when you could cry? Did you matter when you had fingernails, or when you discretely began kicking your mothers womb, 12 weeks into the pregnancy, right before your lights went out and you were aborted? When did YOU begin to matter?