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Abortion: Life Or Death Who Chooses? (4502 words)

Abortion: Life or Death Who Chooses?In Roman times, abortion and the destruction of unwanted
children was permissible, but as out civilization has aged, it
seems that such acts were no longer acceptable by rational human
beings, so that in 1948, Canada along with most other nations in
the world signed a declaration of the United Nations promising
every human being the right to life. The World Medical
Association meeting in Geneve at the same time, stated that the
utmost respect for human life was to be from the moment of
conception. This declaration was re-affirmed when the World
Medical Association met in Oslo in 1970. Should we go backwards
in our concern for the life of an individual human being?
The unborn human is still a human life and not all the
wishful thinking of those advocating repeal of abortion laws, can
alter this. Those of us who would seek to protect the human who
is still to small to cry aloud for it’s own protection, have been
accused of having a 19th Century approach to life in the last
third of the 20th Century. But who in reality is using arguments
of a bygone Century? It is an incontrovertible fact of biological
science – Make no Mistake – that from the moment of conception, a
new human life has been created.
Only those who allow their emotional passion to overide
their knowledge, can deny it: only those who are irrational or
ignorant of science, doubt that when a human sperm fertilizes a
human ovum a new human being is created. A new human being who
carries genes in its cells that make that human being uniquely
different from any and other human being and yet, undeniably a
member, as we all are, of the great human family. All the fetus
needs to grow into a babe, a child, an old man, is time,
nutrition and a suitable environment. It is determined at that
very moment of conception whether the baby will be a boy or a
girl; which of his parents he will look like; what blood type he
will have. His whole heritage is forever fixed. Look at a human
being 8 weeks after conception and you, yes every person here who
can tell the difference between a man and a women, will be able
to look at the fetus and tell me whether it is a baby boy or a
No, a fetus is not just another part of a women’s body like
an appendix or appendage. These appendages, these perfectly
formed tiny feel belong to a 10 week developed baby, not to his
or her mother.
The fetus is distinct and different and has it’s own heart
beat. Do you know that the fetus’ heart started beating just 18
days after a new life was created, beating before the mother even
knew she was pregnant? By 3 months of pregnancy the developing
baby is just small enough to be help in the palm of a man’s hand
but look closely at this 3 month old fetus. All his organs are
formed and all his systems working. He swims, he grasps a
pointer, he moves freely, he excretes urine. If you inject a
sweet solution into the water around him, he will swallaw because
he likes the taste. Inject a bitter solution and he will quit
swallowing because he does not like the taste. By 16 weeks it is
obvious to all, except those who have eyes but deliberately do
not see, that this is a young human being.
Who chooses life or death for this little one because
abortion is the taking of a human life? This fact is undeniable;
however much of the members of the Women’s Liberation Movement,
the new Feminists, Dr. Henry Morgentaler or the Canadian Medical
Association President feel about it, does not alter the fact of
the matter. An incontrovertible fact that cannot change as
feelings change.
If abortion is undeniably the taking of human life and yet
sincere misguided people feel that it should be just a personal
matter between a women and the doctor, there seems to be 2
choices open to them. (1) That they would believe