Even Two-Year-Olds Are Pro-Life, Understand Abortion Destroys a Human Life
by Maria Vitale
LifeNews.com Editorial Columnist
October 2, 2008
LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an editorial opinion columnist for LifeNews.com. She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.
I am convinced that all 2-year-olds are pro-life. I formed that conclusion working a pro-life booth at a local county fair.
As soon as a 2-year-old’s eyes spotted one of the fetal models on the table, he or she would reach out with both arms with an impassioned plea to touch "the babies." One little girl giggled when a model of a 30-week-old unborn baby was placed in her hands.
There was not one toddler who came up to the display who did not express delight with the fetal models. In short, they loved them.
It is natural for children to be drawn to babies. It’s in their DNA. They’re amused and captivated by the tiniest human beings.
That’s why fetal models are a great teaching tool. They show what an unborn child really looks like at various stages of development. Teenagers often express surprise to learn that a child 12 weeks after conception has eyes, fingers, toes. That’s because the handiwork of God is hidden, concealed within a pregnant woman’s body.
A fetal model is the best argument that can be made against "choice"–against the concept that an unborn child’s existence depends solely on the mindset of the mother. Whether the mother is married or not, employed or not, graduated or not, the unborn child is a being with a genetic make-up separate from that of the pregnant woman.
While it is true that, pre-viability, an unborn child cannot exist outside the nurturing of the woman’s womb, an infant cannot continue to live unless it is nourished, too. Degree of dependency should not be considered the determining factor in whether a child lives or dies.
Somewhere between toddlerhood and twenty-something-ness, something is sometimes lost. That something is a natural love for babies. Showing off fetal models at county fairs and festivals is one way to rekindle the romance with the littlest ones among us.
There are many reasons people give for justifying abortion–youth, immaturity, child abuse, poverty, disability, and disease, to name a few. Indeed, there are many problems in the modern world. Abortion doesn’t solve any of them.
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