All of my adult life, I have been pro-choice. I was sexually active at a young age, and I wouldn't have ever batted an eye if I was put into a
position of "needing" to provide an abortion for one of my partners. I honestly never thought about the subject critically enough to have a strong
opinion either way.
Abortion is a political topic that is filled with rage on both sides. The left paints it as a choice, that a woman should have 100% unfettered rights
when it comes to terminating a pregnancy at any stage. They claim that the child is a "glob of cells" or even a "parasite." Many people on the
left are even... gulp.... proud of their abortions. Feminist
recently said that she has never
had an abortion, but "wishes she had."
People on the right believe that abortion at any stage is murder. They believe that an unborn child is a child with god given, and constitutionally
protected rights. They often tie religious beliefs to their pro-life views.
I am now in my mid 30's. I am a centrist libertarian on the political spectrum. I have never really described myself as left or right. I have also
never had a horse in the race as far as this topic goes.
But now, my girlfriend is pregnant. I have never planned on having children, and never really thought that I would. Yesterday, we had our "high
risk" 12 week ultrasound. Take a look at this image (not mine) of what an unborn child looks like at 12 weeks:
The ultrasound literally took hours. My child was moving like a little maniac! He (hopefully) was flipping from front to back, side to side, and every
which way. It was so CRAZY! I could not believe what I was seeing.... and at only 12 weeks! He had a brain, spinal cord, legs, arms, a cute little
butt, basically a little tiny human. It was quite the amazing event, and I am forever changed...
I have now rethought my views on abortion. I am no scientist, but my baby was NOT a "glob of cells." I saw, with my own two eyes, a human life,
vulnerable and getting ready to jump into this world. What level of brain activity does he have? Can he dream? Does he have one foot in another plane
of existence? What is he feeling and experiencing right now? I had a discussion with my brother today, and I just cannot believe that people can be so
calloused about abortion. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind, that abortion is ending a human life. After seeing what a 12 week old fetus looks
like, I cannot even BEGIN to think about late term abortion, it absolutely makes me sick to my stomach.
I could probably go on, but I just thought I would share what has been swimming around in my head today. I have come to the belief that abortion is
abhorrent, and that late term abortion is 100% without a doubt MURDER!
I think the most voracious pro-choice people should really try and look at the other side of the argument, and try to leave partisan ideology out of
Holy crap, I am having a baby!