The Silent Genocide
“There is no more pivotal moment in the subsequent growth and development of a human being than when 23 chromosomes of the father join with 23 chromosomes of the mother to form a unique 46-chromosomed individual… who has previously not existed” (Baumgartner). Therefore, life starts at the moment of conception making abortion not only murder, but a crime against humanity. Abortion has been a moral, social, and theological issue in society for many years. Countless numbers of unborn babies could have been another Babe Ruth or just a unique individual. This greatly hinders society as a whole because of the silent genocide. There are three main issues that surround the debate of abortion; women’s rights, physical and psychological effects of abortion, and when human life actually begins.
Many pro-choice activists argue that a woman has complete authority over her body, and therefore no one can tell her what she can or can not do with her body. The actual so-called right only goes so far. According to two scholars, the underlying argument of a women’s right over her body could be summarized as unfair and immoral to force a women to carry an unborn child until birth. Thus, it should be solely the woman’s decision to determine if the unborn child should live or die. A great example of this would be a woman having the right to swing her arm freely, but the right stopping when her arm reaches the tip of another person’s nose. In another example one may see that a women has the right to scream in a movie theatre that she hates the
movie being played, but she does not have the right to scream ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre. Reasonably, historical experience has taught many that if one does not protect the rights of others, then the rights of others soon diminish. Most notably, many women do not realize that there are two people involved and affected in the decision of an abortion. The mother usually convinces herself that the unborn child is not a human being inside her. Therefore, the woman exerts most of the pressure of the decision on just herself. The women’s right seems to overpower the right of the baby reducing the unborn child to nothing more than a problem to be solved. Unfortunately, the woman thinks the easiest way to solve this problem is by aborting the baby. Most women claim the right to privacy which protects the woman’s ability to make personal decisions without the interference of the government. This hypothetically would give the women the right to choose over what she does with her body. The problem of this argument is that so many women claim that this freedom of choice would enable them to [become] equal with men (Gans and Balch).
On the other hand, various medical procedures and abortions can be extremely hazardous to a woman’s physical well being, as well as her psychological state. According to researchers, 97 percent of women experienced pain during different types of surgical abortions. Many...