Too Close For Comfort

Abortion can be avoided by adoption, abstinence, education, and the responsibility of a mother (Photo courtesy of ).

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Abortion can be avoided by adoption, abstinence, education, and the responsibility of a mother (Photo courtesy of ).

On January 22nd, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo signed and passed the Reproductive Health Act, which allows abortions of unborn children during the mother’s third trimester, up until her due date. I, myself am against abortion all together, so as one might imagine, the thought of this being legal in the United States, irks me to my core.

Typically, abortions occur between eight to twelve weeks of pregnancy, but this law allows the mother to go through with the procedure after 24 weeks, which is well after the child resembles a human, making it appear to be murder of a person. Even the U.S. Government considers an unborn child as a human under the fetal homicide laws (FHL), regardless of how far along the fetus is. Currently, 38 states have FHL’s, which, if a mother was murdered, the criminal would be charged with a double homicide, because he or she killed two human beings. This laws demonstrates that over half the the states in America consider unborn children, people with rights. A question that keeps nagging at me is, how does the worth of a child change from the womb, to outside, in a matter of minutes? The answer is simple: the worth doesn’t change. The child is a human from the moment of conception, onward.  

While there may be reasons a mother has an abortion, such as a life threatening illness or disability, it isn’t the only option for expecting mothers; adoption and abstinence can be effective and less mentally and physically tolling on both the mother and child, especially if the mother is in a dangerous relationship, or not in one at all. Abortion, however, is extremely risky and threatening towards the mom, and obviously, the fetus. According to Maureen Condic, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the fetus can feel pain during the procedure, as shown through the spinal reflex, which is the earliest response to pain. The mother can not only have physically effects, but mental, especially during late term abortions. Journal Of Public Health found that young women who have had abortions are at a higher risk of subsequent depression and BMC Medicine discovered these women had significantly higher anxiety scores. Physical effects, especially around the uterus, can be life-changing for a woman. Fox New Networks said that, “In a late-term abortion, a mother is at higher risk for uterine perforation and incomplete separation of the placenta, which can possibly lead to the mother’s death…Late-term abortions also have high risk of permanent scarring, and the possibility of an infection of the uterus and surrounding organs, which often leads to infertility.” Studies by Indian Journal of Cancer have also found a correlation between the number of abortions had, and the increasing chance of breast cancer, which can become fatal.

Mother Teresa said, “Abortion – it is poverty to decide that a child must die so you may live as you wish.” This is a representation of how unnecessary abortions are. If women are participating in sexual intercourse, even while using contraceptives, there is still a chance of a pregnancy. So regardless if the child is planned or not and wanted or not, the mother needs to live with the responsibility of her actions, fully knowing that she could end up with a child. She could then go through with the pregnancy, and give the baby up for adoption to couples who are unable to conceive one themselves.

Due to the new act, I believe that future generations will see abortions as a regular occurrence, which will teach them that life, no matter the age, gender, race or religion, is disposable, leading to a lack of care and compassion, for any human.