–noun 1. Also called voluntary abortion. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.
Definition taken from dictionary.com
You know what I never got about abortion: why would anyone ever want to have one? To kill- oh sorry, political correctness: to remove- a fetus/an embryo- a growing, living piece of tissue!- from a mother serves no purpose in life (how ironic). Why, why, why?
Embryos and fetuses are living things.
By the definition of a living thing, it must satisfy 7 requirements (yay biology):
1) Grow and Develop- fetuses and embryos do this; their cells divide and they grow fingers...etc
2) Respond to stimuli- a stimulus (pl. stimuli) is a change in an environment; if someone threw a ball at you, you'd either catch it or run away. You'd also feel scared or nervous. Those are all stimuli. The most obvious no-science-y stimulus shown by fetuses and embryos are their fingerprints. Fingerprints are determined by the movement of the unborn baby as well as the mother. They respond to how their mother moves- a stimulus. Also, alcoholic mother may lead to some diseases in the baby- it changes based on the environment.
3) Homeostasis- the ability to maintain a stable environment. These unborn babies are warm blooded- they make their own heat. They can maintain a stable body temperature. They have hair to retain heat, etc.
4) Organization- living things need to be organized; cells make tissue, making organs, making organ systems, making a living being. Fetuses and embryos are made of cells, have organs...etc
5) Metabolism- metabolism is anything that needs energy (ie, eating). Unborn babies have umbilical cords which bring nutrients and food over which are converted into energy.
6) Evolve/ Adapt to surroundings- Genes from parents are passed on...leading to adaptations which help them survive- longer legs for running away, smarter for thinking, etc.
7) Reproduce- Later in life, they can reproduce.
So there we have it. Unborn babies are still alive, even though they are dependent on another being.
Brio and Beyond magazine points out in their January 2009 issue with the article "Know That You Know That You Know" that unborn babies are definitely not part of the mother. They have their own genetic code, therefore they are different beings. They could be a different gender, for crying out loud.
Federal law and 37 state laws state that killing a pregnant woman accounts for 2 charges of murder.
So unborn babies are, in fact, real living breathing things. Take it from science, take it from logic, take it from the law.
Therefore, doesn't a living thing get its choice if it dies or not?
Either way, whichever place you put your vote- dead or alive- you know life very explicitly. You're living it; you've been through a lot: good, bad, happy, sad...that one time you jammed your finger on the car door...that other time you were happy for the guy who won a million dollars on "Wheel of Fortune"...seeing the dead body of one of your friends after he died of cancer...that inevitable but rare boredness during winter break...prom night in high school...caramel and mint chip icecream at the parlor...fighting and yelling regretful things with your sister. We've been there, done that. There are good parts in life, and there are bad parts.
Now take your life however many years back so you're into the womb of your mother. Unwind it all so you go to the point of conception. And then she kills you.
Do you really want to do that? Can you even support that? Isn't that just one of the scariest things possible? To never have touched, smelled, tasted, laughed, saw, experienced, perceived, thought, ran, jumped, loved, hurt...
That really stinks.
Proverbs 31:8a (NIV): Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves