In a late or partial birth abortion, the baby is killed by snipping the spinal cord at the base of the neck. (This sometimes results in decapitation.) There are fully documented cases where, during a partial birth abortion, the baby screamed. There are other well documented instances where the baby was pretty far out, feet first and, when he/she was sniped, thrust out its arm grasping. Movement of arms occurs before 7 weeks post fertilization. Heart, skin, central and peripheral nervous systems, eyes, inner ear, and many connective tissues and eyes develop 3 weeks after fertilization.
So, from birth, we can run the film backwards and observe the baby’s various functions continuously developing at different times. Running the film forward, since the baby’s development is continuous, at what point past (and including) fertilization can we say the baby isn’t human? Which developing function of the growing baby shall we pick to determine whether or not the baby’s human?
Since we have a continuum of development in human babies post-fertilization, where can we draw the line at human vs. non-human? Is it perhaps when the developing baby can move its arms (7 weeks)? I know several adults who can’t do that – should we behead them? Is there ANY rational, logical, scientific basis to treat the unborn as non-human at any stage? I don’t think so. Some have said they are human when they can be self-sustaining. Shall we go into hospitals and pull plugs, since many there are not human by that criterion?
We try to look the other way by using terms like “fetus”. That’s just an attempt not to face up to the fact that It’s clearly live, human babies we’re eliminating.
Abortions are now being performed with little if any forethought. And, if there is any thinking, abortion is rationalized in the name of women’s rights. Most states do not even require parental notification for minor girls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), from 1973 (Roe v. Wade) to 2008, roughly 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States. In 2009 there were 713 abortions per 1,000 live births in NYC (CDC).
Government sponsorship of abortions is a root cause of injustice from all standpoints. Abortion is a moral choice that falls upon the individual woman. It is not a political choice.
There is no reasonable alternative to concluding, logically and scientifically, that human life begins at conception (or fertilization). Milestones after then are arbitrary and simply tailored to fit some anthropogenic convenience; e.g., heartbeat, “viable”, etc. Consequently, elective abortion is the deliberate taking of a human baby’s life, plain and simple; and a woman must confront that squarely in making her decision.