Abortion Vs ProLife

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As believers we have earned a violent reputation through the eyes of those who seek out abortion centers. This is unfortunate, because the doctors and workers here have not attacked us, yet so many who proclaim themselves christians have attacked them. If we are to act as our beliefs tell us to, we would try to see the other side of the fence, and instead of attacking the end of the line we would try to prevent it from being a needed option at all.

Submitted: August 13, 2010

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This argument has gone on so long that it has gone from belief in choice to belief in war. There are things a lot of pro-life people don't consider.
Research shows that there is a rise in early puberty in both boys and girls which is in itself a scary thought. When a seven year old girl or eight year old girl suddenly begins to develop into maturity physically, and a few boys along with them we end up being scared of admitting that they will be looking at things older teens and young adults do as something exciting. Instead of teaching them the true consequences are, we teach them the basics and tell them to make the right choice. When you see what can only bean eleven year old girl pregnant and waiting for her elementary bus to arrive at her school (and I have) how can you be determined that she carry it?
Here is the truth- yes she made a mistake. It's a big one. To her the choice is simple- carry this baby she cannot possibly support and take care of, likely die while giving birth, or be forced to abort. She will regret this choice no matter what she does. Pro-life people would condemn her to a very likely death at such a young age. Where is the life in that choice?
Beyond such are those who are in their teens, late teens, or early adulthood that are given the same chances at survival. Some times carrying the baby is not an option if the other is to live. Certain health conditions can cause the baby to kill it's mother AND itself in the process. 
Two examples of the situations that require abortion are if the baby is conceived in the Fallopian tubes, or if the mother has Herpes.
An ectopical pregnancy is when the baby is fertilized anywhere but in the womb. When this happens the placenta can't be moved to the womb and very likely if the mother chooses to try and let the baby develop both she and her baby will die. There are VERY rare cases where both survive. When it happens it is so rare that the doctors usually consider it a fluke.
The second, Herpes, has a variety of issues it can cause. High blood pressure, cancer, tumors, early birth rates, pre-eclampsia, cerebral palsy in the baby, and death. If the mother develops pre-eclampsia she can end up having epileptic fits which in turn will kill her and the unborn child.
Though these seem to sound like rare cases, truth is, there are many of the latter occurring more and more so among the sexually active and immature. In these cases the mothers have to make the choice to abort, if they don't neither the mother nor the child are likely to survive.
Then there are those who never had the choice. These are women who were raped or abused inside or outside the home. In home abuse can lead to the pregnancy being aborted in a much worse way than medically. If the father hurts the mother, or a family member abuses them, the baby can end up dead inside the mother. There is a chance early on this will kill the baby but the mothers body can cleanse itself and she might not die from the forced miscarriage. Later terms however if the baby dies and the body does not flush the child the mother may die from the toxins caused by carrying a dead fetus.
Rape victims may have a choice to carry the child, but some part of them may always see the child as a scar rather than in a loving matter. Though it is not the childs fault, you cannot blame the mother either. Many in this case turn to abortion because of financial issues. Though there are other choices- giving the young fetus to a surrogate mother, or carrying to term and then giving it up for adoption- these are often more costly than aborting.
While I am against abortion for my own life and would never do so myself, I have to look at the world through the eyes of those whose choice it was ripped from. Yes there are other ways, but even those may leave permanent scars on the others life.
Rather than arguing with our youth after the fact, why not show them the truth? A doll that cries and is given a key to calm it is not enough. An optional (yes we make it an option and not a requirement in our schools) of taking a parenting class is not enough. Along with sex ed we should attach the parenting lessons. Don't just give them a doll that they can abuse and ignore without more consequence than an 'F' in their grades, give them the truth. Show them the price that is paid along with the responsibility.
Girls have to carry the child for nine months, this means morning sickness to plain not being able to hold anything down or even smell food without running to the bathroom. After the nine months they have to spend anywhere from eight hours to several days possibly giving birth. Once the baby is there the next three weeks to three months may be spent getting up every four hours around the clock to feed the baby. If they can't or don't breast feed the breasts become hard as rocks and sleeping may become nearly impossible from the pain. Even after the baby is able to sleep through the night they only have a short while before teething begins. Once that starts you may end up with sleepless nights and stressed days if it's too harsh on the baby. Babysitters can be paid, but you need a job to pay them and it's near impossible to have all of this and still have time for a movie, or going to the mall, let alone hanging out with friends. Baby sitters don't tend to be able to spend days at a time watching the baby, so you may get a few hours for nearly two days worth of a teenagers paycheck.
For boys, if they do want to be involved, just like the girls they will go through the crying, diaper changes, feeding and all the growing processes. Regardless of whether they act as a father should, it is very likely that they will be forced into child support payments. If they think this is a joke, let them know it's 18 years of only seeing between 20-30% of their paychecks for themselves. If they don't pay or can't they better start riding busses, or taxis, because they can lose their licence. The laws in a lot of states also forbid them from leaving the state where they were taken to court for child support unless it is paid. Regardless their choice to be a dad or not their freedoms are at risk just as much. Eventually without payment they can even end up serving jail time.
Give them the information to prevent pregnancy, but let the girls know just how often that condom stays on, and let the boys know just how few parents will help the girls get pills or shots to prevent it, which isn't very high.
Let the girls know the risks involved with taking the pills or shots- because there are several. At a young age if you take prevention steps it can actually risk the girl being unable to ever carry children. On top of that some of us (me included) have bad reactions when coming off or going onto a pregnancy control. If they think a few days of bleeding is bad, imagine three months of heavy flow to where they cannot stand on their own.
Tell them that it is much better to wait for a stable relationship, one they have been in for long enough to be married or considered common law married before ever considering having a child. Living with someone for more than a few weeks will allow one to know whether it is going to work. Give it a year or two. Living with someone does not mean you HAVE to have sex.. but as long as you are an adult first it can be much better on you to make such choices.
Let the girls know what early age abortion can do as well. Let them know that every time they have one performed it can not only scar the mind, but the body as well. Every abortion lessens the chances that when they do want to have kids they may not be able to. The younger the girl is when they do this, the greater the risk is to not have children or have problems in both mother and child through out.
We will always have wayward teens who do not take things to heart, but we should not be killing doctors over religious or personal views. We should not be blaming clinics who are trying to help those who truly need it. Though there are a lot of choices made without the knowledge of the effects it can have on long term life. We as parents and teachers need to take ALL truths into consideration, look at ALL the things we stand for and against. Teach your children to respect themselves and others and the chances are they will make better choices in life.


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