Abortion In Human Life

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Alveda King once said “Abortion is not health care. A woman has a right to her body, but that is not her body. What about the baby?” Human life begins at conception, not birth. According to the dictionary life is defined by “an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.” (“Life”) A fetus goes through the chemical processes to undergo metabolism throughout gestation, and grows in the same way. A fetus is also able to react to sounds and touch while inside the womb. In addition, the bible teaches us that life is a gift, and every child should be treated as one. Many people believe that because a baby cannot survive without its mother, it has no right or the privilege to live. Life…show more content…
An example of this is when the bible says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (New International Version, Ps. 139.13-14). God created each and every child in the womb, and gave each child unique qualities. Although opponents may say that children have no purpose before they are born, the bible says that God’s children are made for a reason. All babies are used for their abilities and are irreplaceable in the eyes of the Lord. To go along with the verse from above, the bible also says “Thou shall not murder” (Exod. 20.13). No human on earth should have the right to take away a life that was fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Before all babies are put inside their mother's womb, they are known to God as someone who has a purpose and a reason to be alive. In a study done by the Christian Century Foundation, 43% of Americans were shown to agree that abortion is morally wrong (“Mortality & Abortion”). This could be because of politics, religion, science or a combination of all three. In almost every state abortion is legal up to 20 weeks or longer, that means that in the United States it is legal and morally allowed for a child with a beating heart to be murdered (“An Overview of Abortion…show more content…
Forty-One states require abortions to be performed by licensed health care providers, while nineteen states require them to be performed in a hospital. Gestational limits are in place for Forty-Three states, some forbid abortions after twenty weeks, some up until the third trimester. This means that after a baby is viable and able to survive outside of the womb, they can be legally killed. Due to abortion being a moral debate, public funding for these abortions are only legal in seventeen states, with thirty-two states offering funds for abortions where the mother's life is in danger. A lot of states see abortions as a big toll on women's mental and physical health, so they mandate counseling or a waiting period after a woman requests an abortion. With abortion, often being used as a contraceptive after a teenage pregnancy, thirty-seven states require parents to be involved in a minor's decision to have an abortion. Finally, forty-five states offer physicians the moral right to refuse to perform abortions (“An Overview of Abortion Laws”). In 2014, 962,200 women had abortions in the United States. Although that number is down twelve percent from 2011, it is still to many innocent lives being taken. (“Induced Abortion in the United States”) This high number of abortions may be because women think their only option is to have an abortion due to what others think or the trauma they may have experienced.

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