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Science and Abortion

I stumbled upon a pro-life facebook page the other day. At first I was like “Alright this is pretty cool. People voicing their opinions in a reasonable and peaceful manner.” Then I began looking through the pictures and I saw the discussions people were having in relation to the pictures and I became even more appreciative of facebook as a place to convey ones political or religious beliefs. A few moments later I lost a little of that appreciation when I stumbled upon a  picture of a single celled organism or possibly some other cell, one that may become a baby someday, with a few sentences written on it. The picture read ” If a single living cell was found on a distant planet, scientists would exclaim that we have found life elsewhere in the universe. So why is a single living cell found in the womb of a pregnant woman not considered life?” The person who created must not know anything about science.

I don’t know much about science but I have never received a grade lower than a B in a science class  so I know a little bit about science and little about how scientists speak. If a scientist saw this picture that professional probably would have called the creator of this picture a smart ass who was trying to put, or rather take, words from a scientists mouth. See a scientist will say anything that is made up of cells has life. By the logic of a scientist a sperm cell has life, an egg inside a woman has life, a single celled organism on some distant planet has life. Where the logic of a scientist differentiates from a person of the pro-life persuasion is that a sperm cell in implanted in a woman’s uterine lining is not human life.

Abortion isn’t black and white as many people believe. Some people will say when you’re dealing with abortion you have those who are pro-life and pro-abortion. It’s not like that at all. I am the perfect example of someone who is pro-choice. I don’t believe abortion is right but I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong but if I got a girl pregnant I’d ask her to keep it because I believe it’s wrong for me and the woman I am in a relationship with. So while I may oppose abortions personally I understand that some people have different beliefs and their circumstances are different than mine.

Then there’s the “infanticide” thing. You know when a woman wants an abortion and some how miraculously survived and people have to choose what to do with the, I don’t know what to call this so I apologize if I offend any one right now, half born child. Often people elect to finish the abortion and sometimes people keep and raise the child. But “infanticide”, which has been totally bastardized, is what happens when a half born child is killed. People say this is worse than abortion and that it should be illegal but what does one do with a child they wanted to abort but, ended up surviving and now has some severe medical problems. The woman obviously tried to abort it the child for a reason and now you’re going to force her to keep it or she’s going to give it to the state where the government will have to pay for the medical bills and pay for the orphan system to raise the child until the child is adopted. You’re caught in the cross hairs with this topic.

What I am really trying to say is abortion is confusing. The less we as a nation stop trying to marginalize it to an issue that is black and white the easier it will be for us to talk about it. People are either pro-life or pro-choice and they are stiff in those positions. If we loosen those reigns a little bit we will be able to have a more intelligent discourse and get more done and create a lot more reasonable bills that will help a lot more women and families. And that is the most important thing right? Protecting Americans.


5 responses

  1. I consider myself pro-choice, that may influence this comment, so please take it as a mere opinion.

    Neither pro-lifers nor pro-choicers are “black or white”, since most pro-lifers will agree to abortion in situations as rape, and pro-choices will severely look down upon those womans who have intercourse without protection thinking they can abort whenever they want. Both sides consider abortion a pretty serious issues, and I think that they both agree in many situations, this makes them much closer than what they actually seem.

    April 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

    • I may have over looked some things when writing this article and you have brought them to my attention. Thank you

      April 8, 2012 at 4:51 am

      • No problem, it was a pleasure to read this post.

        April 8, 2012 at 4:53 am

  2. R. Bennett

    I created this graphic on a whim. I mistakenly thought by using the words “pregnant woman” everyone would understand that I was talking about a newly conceived human being. Since you also seem to miss out entirely on the point I will spell it out for you: scientists and others get so excited at the thought of finding life anywhere other than earth, but when it comes to abortion, they call it a lifeless clump of cells and support aborting the unborn baby(even though those “cells” clearly show as arms, legs, a torso, and head). So yea, I guess I am clueless on the ignorance out there, my bad!. Next time I will use simpler words even a 5 year old could understand!


    August 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

    • I said the scientists recognize the cells as life but not quite human life just yet.

      August 13, 2012 at 5:50 am

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