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Please Do Not Kill Your Baby

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For the past four decades there have been waves of heated controversy over that fateful bit of legislation in 1973 that legalized abortion on a national level. The United States Supreme Court ruled that a woman's right to privacy extended to her right to choose the life or death of her unborn child. In the legal battle of Roe vs. Wade, the upper courts upheld the woman's right to choice. However, many people still hold fast to the belief that this is one choice that is not the woman's to make. Who has the legal right to choose whether or not another human being is allowed to live?

The Controversy Begins

The real controversy isn't whether or not that is a baby growing inside the mother's womb. Contrary to what advocates of abortion would have us believe, current statistics have proven that 93% of all abortions induced today are for elective and not medical reasons.1 The mother chooses not to have a child for social reasons such as she is just 'not ready', or her partner wants her to terminate the pregnancy. Advocates of abortion will spout all kinds of biological facts about the development of a fetus to throw you off track. The real issue seems to be that they just don't want to take responsibility for the life they created. Understand that from the moment of conception, that zygote has the potential to be a real live human being capable of emotions. Please, do not kill your baby because it isn't fully developed yet. It is a work in progress, just as you are.

Some Facts to Consider Before Making the Final Decision

During the first trimester, the usual technique of aborting the fetus is called vacuum curettage or suction aspiration.2 The baby is literally ripped apart and sucked through a long tube along with the placenta and amniotic fluid where it is collected in a bottle for disposal. During the second trimester, the cervix is dilated and the baby is forced out with a forceps. The skull has hardened to bone and it is quite often necessary to twist and turn while removing the fetus which crushes the baby's skull. Fragments and bits of sharp bone can pierce the cervix, causing bleeding that is profuse.3 However, the worst is yet to come. During the third trimester the procedure is even more brutal. Often referred to as a partial birth abortion, the baby at this point in time is viable, albeit tiny. The surgeon literally reaches up, grabs the baby and pulls it down leaving the head inside the mother. (If the head comes out and the baby breathes, it is alive and cannot be murdered). The surgeon then jams scissors into the back of the baby's neck, makes the wound larger and then uses suction to suck out the baby's brains. Now that the baby is dead, it can be completely removed from the womb.

If those details, however scant, are not gruesome enough to heighten your awareness of what that tiny living creature must be enduring, then this is a sorry world in which we live. It would be better to find adoptive parents or give yourself a chance to know that child. In the end, you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make. Pro choice doesn't give the baby a say in the matter. We have set ourselves up as gods who now have the right to choose who is worthy of life and who is not. Murder by any other name is still murder so please don't kill your baby!

1. Aida Torres and J.D. Forrest, "Why Do Women Have Abortions?" Family Planning Perspectives, Vol. 20, No.4 (July/August 1988). P. 170.

2. Phillip G. Stubblefield, "First and Second Trimester Abortion," in Gynecologic and Obstetric Surgery, ed. David H. Nichols (Baltimore: Mosby, 1993) p. 1016. Also, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "Abortion Surveillance: Preliminary Data -- United States, 1991, " Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 43, No. 3, 1994, p. 43, puts the percentage of suction curettage abortions relative to other techniques at 98%, though the CDC admits that their numbers include a number of D & E abortions which should be classified otherwise (personal communication with Lisa Koonin, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC, March 6, 1996).

3. Warren M. Hern, M.D., Abortion Practice (Philadelphia: J.B. Lipincott Company, 1984), pp. 153-154. See also Human Life Federalism Amendment, cited in note 10, p. 36.

4. Martin Haskell, M.D., "Dilation and Extraction for Late Second Trimester Abortion," in "Second Trimester Abortion: From Every Angle," Fall Risk Management Seminar, September 13-14, 1992, Dallas, Texas, National Abortion Federation. See also Diane Gianelli, "Shock-tactic ads target late-term abortion procedure," American Medical News (July 5, 1993), pp. 3, 15-16.