License To Kill: A Case Against Abortion

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Abortion has a history that goes far back into ancient times. The first known recording is in 1550 BC in Egypt where they would use mercury to poison the baby. History shows that Hippocrates himself was known to induce an abortion on his patients. Plato believed that a woman had the right to an abortion. According to the National Abortion Federation, “It was legal in United States from the time the earliest settlers arrived. At the time the Constitution was adopted, abortions before ‘quickening’ were openly advertised and performed.” (NAF) Abortion was legal until the late 1800’s when abortion started to become illegal, and only because the methods were too harmful for the woman. They didn’t think that the baby suffered any pain because many people believed that it was not alive yet. The problem with this is that it is a baby. From the moment of conception until it starts to breath, at twelve weeks, the fetus has the potential to be a living human. After twelve weeks he or she is breathing, moving, has a heartbeat and therefore has blood pumping through their veins. How is this not a living?
There is so much controversy over when the baby is “living.” I believe that is at eleven weeks. According to Pro-Life Action League, “By eleven to twelve weeks the baby is breathing fluid steadily and continues to do so until birth.” (Pro-Life) I believe this because according to the Bible: “And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) So, at eleven weeks the baby is living because they are breathing. Today, with such advancements in technology, we can see when the baby is developing. Though 3-D images we can see that they are growing. You would think that we would not have such primitive beliefs on a baby being disposable. I believe that abortion is wrong because no matter what stage or trimester the baby is in, it is in fact a baby. Women who want an abortion refuse to see this because the law makes it legal.
If the law says it is okay than it must not be murder. But at the same time the law also says that killing an unborn child, a fetus, is murder. When a woman is murdered, if she was pregnant and the baby dies that is double homicide. It cannot be called homicide if something didn’t die. You cannot say that something died if it was never alive to begin with. So what the law is saying is that, it is only murder if the woman had no intention of killing her baby. This can go even further to say that murder is based on one’s beliefs. If a woman “believes” that the baby is not a living thing and she has him or her killed it is called abortion and is legal. But if the woman “believed” that her baby was living and it was killed, it is called murder. The law is contradicting itself.
One woman who fought the law learned all too well what she was fighting for. Her name is Norma McCorvey. She is also known as Jane Roe in the infamous case of Roe v Wade. Norma found...

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