Morning After Pill is Abortion
A showdown between the governor and state legislature is imminent on the Morning After Pill. What could be wrong with making such a pill more accessible? If you hold that we begin our existence at birth or some arbitrary point within prenatal development, youll probably find nothing wrong with it. But if you accept the scientific fact that every human being - me, you, and everyone whos ever existed - begins at our conception with the proper mingling of chromosomes donated by our parents, you should find everything wrong with it.
Why? Because this pill causes abortion. Before we discuss how, understand that everything we are genetically is present in us as a one-celled zygote: already determined is our sex, characteristics, etc. Lifes continuum begins here. Theres nothing religious or philosophical about this fact, its simple science. If you or I were destroyed at any time after our zygote stage by chemical or surgical means, neither of us would be reading this now.
Since 1.4 million abortions are performed annually, 4300 every day, shouldnt this pill not only be condoned but promoted? First we must clarify a common misunderstanding. The Morning After Pill, as well as the common birth control pill, Norplant, Depo-Provera, and the IUD are abortifacients. This means that while some of them at times prevent ovulation and do act as contraceptives, all of them cause abortions, mostly by making the uterine wall impossible for the tiny human to attach to following his journey down his mothers fallopian tube. This rejection causes the death of many tiny embryos without their mothers even knowing. The pharmaceutical industry has kept this secret for years.
But is this abortion? There are three ways to answer no, and all are easily refuted:
Its not abortion at such an early stage.
Abortion has to be surgical, and must attack the pre-born
3. Since a percentage of embryos is discarded naturally by the mothers body before uterine implantation, then making sure other embryos follow this fate is OK.
Two important things to say here. First, we dont know exactly why such a percentage of embryos are naturally discarded. One scientific postulate is that severe abnormalities disable the proper chromosomal mix that would create a true human zygote. Such non-human moles die naturally hours after inception. And even if, hypothetically, these are true human embryos dying before implantation by a mystery of nature and God, does this make it right to intentionally kill others destined for adulthood?
Of course not.
But wouldnt such early stage abortions be better than later ones? Objectively, no. You as a tiny embryo are no less valuable than you in your fetal stage, your child stage, or the adult stage youre in now. Whether we die as an early embryo or later as a fetus, our future is still erased.
Some would claim a political victory for the pro-life movement if abortifacient drugs lessened the number of surgical abortions performed. If you look below the shallow surface, however, youll see this only substitutes one way of ending lives for another.
Recognizing this evil in no way judges individuals. Crisis pregnancy centers like the one I founded 13 years ago continually offer help and compassion to women. But we recognize these same women themselves began at conception. We cant forget that females in their embryonic stage are equally as precious as females in their adolescent or adult stage. That so many people today cant see this simple truth is confounding.
wanting to protect all human lives is considered radical
in todays culture of death, then radical
is where sanity is found. Governor Romneys
veto, even if nothing else comes of it, can make a
critical statement about intellectual integrity, justice,
and the value of human life.
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