posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 08:49 PM
A woman's right to "reproductive freedom"? Women will always have that right. It's called not having sex unless you understand that you might make
a baby, and then you'll have to deal with that baby -- either by raising it or giving it to someone who can. And what about the right of the life
created? As Mother Teresa said, "The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to
love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to
get what they want." And, "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." And that's what it comes down
to. The right to life versus the right to not be tied down to the responsibility of having a child. The right to life versus the right to be as
irresponsible as you choose. And can anyone say for sure when life begins? Abortion could be the greatest case of genocide the world has ever known
and it bothers so few people. Most people form an opinion without even doing research. Well, let me help.
There are 42 million reported abortions worldwide every year, according to The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. 11 million people died in the
holocaust. Babies have been born and lived as young as 19 weeks, yet they can be legally aborted at up to 24 weeks.
93% of abortions occur for social reasons -- not things like rape or incest. Additionally, in a nine-month case study noted by The Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology that took place in the UK, 159 women had abortions with over 26% of them being repeat procedures. Further, only
61% of the women who were receiving repeat abortions continued to use contraception methods and 14% had been positive for sexually transmitted
diseases at some point in their lives.
And as if that wasn't enough, for those more concerned with the lives of the women carrying the child than the child itself, according to a
US study published by the Journal of Youth and Adolescents, young women are more at risk of mental and emotional problems after having an abortion
than they are if they continue on with an unwanted pregnancy. In the same study, Dr. Priscilla Coleman stated that “those who aborted such
pregnancies were five times more likely to seek help for psychological and emotional problems afterwards, three times more likely to experience
trouble sleeping, and nine times more likely to report marijuana use than those who carried their pregnancies to term.” She concluded that
“abortion poses more risks to women than giving birth” (“Abortion” 53). In addition to the psychological factors and the threat of greater
incidence of sexually transmitted diseases due to poorer contraceptive practices,there is also a link to higher mortality rates in women after they
have received an abortion. In a study published in the Southern Medical Journal, researchers found that women who have had abortions are at a much
greater risk of dying than women who carry the pregnancy full term (Reardon). Another study examined by the Southern Medical Journal found similarly
frightening results: “[W]omen who had an induced abortion were 76% more likely to die than women who had not been pregnant, 102% more likely
to die than women who miscarried, and 252% more likely to die than women who had carried to term” (Reardon). These statistics were due to
higher rates of “suicide, accidents, homicide, mental disease and cerebrovascular disease” and they state that previous history of mental illness
does not explain the higher death rates (Reardon). The mental and physical effects are staggering.
While death is legally defined as brain death, brain function is "reliably present in the fetus at about eight weeks digestion," (source:
The New England Journal of Medicine) yet, as I said, women can legally receive an abortion at 24 weeks in some states.
Wouldn't it make sense to err on the side of caution and preserve what could even potentially be considered a life?