Why I’m Pro-Life

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Why I’m Pro-Life

Daniel Zuloaga, Discoverer Staff Writer

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How can we determine the value of a human life before it’s even born? Well, we can’t, and women shouldn’t be allowed to have this choice. Pro-Choice advocates have decided that the mother’s quality of life is more important than the life of an unborn human. Yes, this may sound harsh, but 98% of all abortions are performed because the mother doesn’t want to deal with the pregnancy, not because of rape, incest, or the mother’s safety. The Pro-Choice argument is purely based on the idea that a fetus, or an unborn human, isn’t “alive” yet, but there’s absolutely no scientific backup for this argument. On the other hand, Pro-Life advocates have a very clear and scientifically backed up idea of when life begins, which is at conception.

Colombia

In Colombia abortion is illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. Yet, according to the Guttmacher Institute, “An estimated 400,400 induced abortions were performed in Colombia in 2008, of which only 322 were reported as legal procedures.” This is a shocking statistic, as more than 99% of all abortions during this year were illegal procedures. Illegal procedures are very dangerous, and hundreds of women die each year while doing them. “I am completely against abortion. I think it should be illegal everywhere the world… I believe that life begins at conception, so going through an abortion is killing someone,” Valentina Velez, 11th grade TCS student, said.

Inconsistencies in the Pro-Choice Argument

What constitutes a human life? If you ask this question to multiple Pro-Choice advocates you’ll probably get different answers.  Some claim that life starts when a baby is born. Does this mean that a 9 month old baby in the womb is not a life, but one outside the womb it is? Does this mean life is determined on location? Others claim that a fetus isn’t alive because it isn’t autonomous, and feeds of the mother.  So based on this argument, is a brain dead person, who is not autonomous and lives thanks to a machine, dead?

In my opinion, the most reasonable and relatable Pro-Choice supporters are those which base their opinions on the fetus’ development, for example, those who support abortion before there’s brain activity, or a heart beat, or those who find late term abortions immoral. Pro-Choice arguments are very inconsistent and vary depending on the person you ask, while Pro-Life arguments are more established and scientifically backed.

Even when it comes to third term abortions there is inconsistencies. “I think there should be a cut off date… To me, a third term abortion seems very unnecessary, the child is fully formed at that point. I do believe that there’s reasons and rationales that a doctor might find, whether it’s the baby’s health or the mother’s health. But in terms of general policies around abortion, I do believe that it should be a woman’s right to choose and without any need to defend herself,” Alysa Perreras, 12th grade TCS teacher, said.

As a Pro-Life Supporter

Most Pro-Life supporters, like myself, believe that life begins at conception. This idea is backed up by multiple scientists and doctors. According to Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, “I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life…” This shows how professionals educated on the topic consider abortion as the termination of a human life.  “I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.” The whole Pro Choice argument is based on the idea that a fetus isn’t alive, but where’s the evidence? Scientists and doctors have supported the Pro Life stance, not because of religion or personal opinion, but because studies and research shows this.