They use crafty messaging to frame the argument as an attack on women and our right to access basic medical procedures and check-ups necessary to our health.
The question is: How do these claims hold up when the vague slogans and the hyperbolic accusations are removed from the conversation? I would argue, not very well.
Before weighing opinions regarding the restriction of abortion, we must first understand what we are “aborting?”
Science tells us it is a human being.
We know that at the moment of conception a unique human being is created with its own DNA, its own blood type, and its own genetic makeup that can never be replicated. There is no way around this fact; abortion is the intentional ending of a human life.
The question then comes down to this: Are some innocent human lives okay to kill? According to our laws and founding documents, the answer to that is emphatically no.
We have seen the consequences that come from dehumanizing an entire group of people and it is always devastating. Every life is sacred and is made in the image of God. When we stop believing that, we abandon the foundational values that makes America the beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world.
Ultimately, abortion is not “reproductive healthcare.”
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It’s not an everyday procedure necessary for our health. It’s not a women’s rights issue. It’s the intentional ending of life in the womb. This issue has nothing to do with the restriction of women. It’s about the protection of all human life, including the mother in need and her child.
Abortion is not only unnecessary for a woman’s health and well-being, but it can also be extremely dangerous.
Numerous studies have shown serious complications experienced amongst women who have undergone abortions. According to one as recent as 2021, there have been more than 2,600 adverse effects to chemical abortions (the abortion pill) found in women from 2000 to 2019, including 529 life-threatening cases and 20 deaths.
A shocking find in the study is that 75 women had undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies that resulted in 26 of them rupturing. Chemical abortions are the most common form of abortions today and account for the majority of first trimester abortions, which are notably touted as being “less dangerous and invasive,” but as the study above has shown, that is clearly not the case.
As Americans, we should want better for our citizens. We should not be promulgating a dangerous narrative that tells women they have to kill their children to be successful or have a future. We should not be hostile to the idea of having children, even in difficult situations.
Children are a blessing from God and often, they create a new sense of hope for their families. My oldest nephew, Josiah, is one of those children who came into this world in a less-than-ideal circumstance—my sister was 18, scared, and not financially stable.
Yes, there have been hardships, yes, there have been struggles, but the joy that Josiah brings to my sister and our family far outweighs any sorrows. We do not want a world where we don’t get to hold that beautiful baby boy.
Bringing a life into this world is never wrong, no matter the circumstance. Human beings have value and every single unique individual in their mother’s womb today is worthy of the right to life.
LifeNews Note: Elizabeth Whitmarsh is director of communications at Ohio Right to Life. This column originally appeared at the Columbus Dispatch.