Surviving the Choice

Emily - St. Albans, Missouri
Entered on January 12, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: birth, morality
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Behind watering eyes is the soul that has grown for fifteen and a half years without knowing the true struggle she had gone through to arrive safely into this world. Her heart pounds and confusion strips her wondering thoughts as she listens to her mother’s explanation of the true reason she has been left with the scars. All she can do now is collapse in disbelief. With a blank stare on her face she wonders, “Could it be true?” The warm tear slides down her cheek as her mother pulls her close. She is repulsed by the cold arms and pushes them away with a scream of confusion, “I don’t understand?” Turning away she runs up the stairs to her bedroom and leaves her mother with nothing but the slam of her door. She pulls out her journal, for it is the only secret keeper that she feels will listen to her thoughts. She writes, “Dear journal, the life I have lived has been one filled with exciting events, many disappointments, and new experiences that have shaped my character, but what I am feeling now is more than I can write with this pen. How I survived, and why the macabre choice was made I do not have a clue. What I do know is I am here despite the cruel intentions the doctors used to try and end my life before I even had the chance to begin it. I am one of the many who has survived an abortion.”

There are a lot of stories like this where I find myself truly perplexed by the choices mothers are choosing in our day about their little ones. For this reason, I believe in protecting a new life.

To me there is no question. This is not a decision of whether to keep and nurture a life or simply choose to destroy it. There are other options that are wiser and morally correct such as adoption. Mothers do not have the right to erase their action by killing their baby and going on with their life. I feel this is a selfish act that only benefits the mother and her life. No one is thinking about the baby and its desire to live. More importantly, no one is thinking about the Creator who has given life to this developing baby. I feel it is a dangerous decision to make on your own because I do not think humans have a right to “play God.” It is not up to me whether I want to allow a life to live or kill it when I am only a human being with a life as valuable as that one I am contemplating.

If we do not stand up for these silent voices than who will? I feel strongly that it is our right and duty to speak out for these who do not have voices to state their honorable claim of wanting to live their life just as we have. Through the Bible we have been instructed in Proverbs 31:8-9 to, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…defend the rights of the poor and needy.” This is a command I feel we need to take on and begin to practice starting with this issue of abortion. This subject is not irrefutable. However, the Bible is unfortunately not something we all may believe in and take to heart, looking into straight facts should cause someone to question the act of abortion as well. A baby’s heart starts beating between 18 and 25 days. Electrical brainwaves are recorded at 43 days. If doctors say a person without brainwaves indicates death then why is this not a living baby when brainwaves are present? The brain and all the body systems are developed by 8 weeks and are properly functioning a week later. Furthermore, at 8 weeks the baby is able to wake and sleep, make a fist, suck his thumb, and get hiccups. At the end of 9 weeks the baby has its unique fingerprints. Lastly, at 11 to 12 weeks the baby is sensitive to heat, touch, light and noise. With this information I feel we need to take a step back and reconsider this issue of killing a perfectly developing human being.

Humanity has rationalized the act of an abortion by redefining the definition of a baby by using the term fetus; this supposedly causes others to feel this decision is morally acceptable. In reality, anyone can research the stage in which the baby is being destroyed it is not a furtive action. It is clear the baby is developing before others notice the mother is even pregnant. The government has allowed mothers to make decisions about killing their babies without a waiting period for her to consider what she is really doing. The government is saying a baby can be killed for any reason whatsoever and they have turned this serious decision into a paltry one. However, I believe the new baby has the rights we have and should be protected by the law as any other person. Our lives are being impacted through this claim of allowing abortions to go on. Furthermore, our lives will be even more impacted over time when other lives will be taken because the government has said they are not contributing to society. It is a scary concept of where the government and our world will take this idea of killing lives to help benefit a particular individual, in this case, a mother. There are approximately 3,700 abortions in the U.S. each day and we just keep taking breaths without thinking about it. I think it is time to consider what exactly an abortion is taking away from our world. A new life.

The devastating realization that you have survived an abortion is something we should try to avoid anyone from having to deal with. This issue of abortion is a large subject, but our voices in increment may make a difference. How can you help unite with others who are pro-life? Is this your responsibility to entangle yourself in this argument? If not, then who? Help defend those who do not understand the concept of death yet, and who are being killed for reasons that could never measure up to the value of life itself.