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Pro-Choice is Pro-Life

Posted in opinion with tags , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Kyle Fleming

I am Pro-Choice, which is a problem for a lot of America.

Pro-Choice people are often skewed as being “pro-abortion,” immoral baby killers who defy the Divine Plan of God by promoting abortions. President Obama’s stance on abortion is straight-forward: he is for the woman’s right to choose, but he would prefer to reduce the number of abortions. That’s the essential of being pro-choice. I don’t want people to get abortions, but if something comes up, they should have the option to go through with it.

Pro-life people often use propaganda and scare tactics to get their point across. There is an email that is floating around that gives a few different scenarios of people and their childhood, and asks if you would recommend an abortion. And if you say yes to any of them, you’re potentially aborting anyone from Jesus to Beethoven. Thankfully, someone has created a humorous response that shows that you never know what that bundle of joy will turn out to be. Of course, this would never show up in a propaganda email. Of course we want to prevent serial killers from actually killing, but recommending abortion? That would be stupid.

My favorite, though, are the billboards, the ones put up by Prolife Across America–a pro-life group based in Minnesota–that give you information on the development of fetuses. The website is actually pretty interesting, as it gives more in-depth information about the development of the fetus, as well as “scriptural reasoning” for why abortion is immoral. Nonetheless, I have a huge problem with them, because, sure, the heart starts beating after 18 days, but if you were to remove it from the womb, what are the chances it would survive?

It’s the only real problem I have with the pro-life people. They argue that life begins at conception, and are actively against terminating pregnancies, yet in my experience, many campaign for the death penalty. Which begs the question: when does a life stop being precious and not worth saving? My definition of a human being is an entity that is able to survive outside of the womb. The first trimester, the “life” is essentially a clump of cells still multiplying and still developing. The second trimester, while less of a clump of cells and more of a human being, is still drastically under-developed, and still unable to survive on its own.

A big deal shouldn’t be made until at least the third trimester. It’s when the fetus is most developed, and the “finishing touches” are being developed. The Prolife Across America website says that at 24 weeks (about six months, at the tail end of the second trimester), a premature birth, if treated with intensive medical care, has a chance of survival. In the third trimester, the fetus is essentially ready to be born, and has a much better chance of survival is born prematurely in the eighth month than in the sixth month. Until then, a zygote or embryo can’t survive on it’s own, and thought it is technically alive in the womb, it is not an actual being yet.

The only problem I can foresee in the publication of this article is that I’m going to be flooded with medical facts that I was not aware of, and Scripture verses that prove a point, and, what I’m most concerned about, calls that I should quit being a hypocrite. If it’s hypocritical of me to be a Christian and still be pro-choice, then there is something seriously wrong with the rest of the world. I’m not one to pass blame, but if I’m a hypocrite for being a pro-choice Christian, then all of those Christians who throw money at problems and don’t actually take up their cross to help out are hypocrites, also. In fact, I doubt that there is a person on Earth today that isn’t hypocritical in some way. I could go on and on about hypocrisy and different connotations, and I might do that in another article.

But for now, I’m curious. What are your views on abortion? What is your justification for your views?