By Hanna Seariac, Chief Web Editor
It is simply outrageous that the US and European countries have legalized murder. Doesn’t that sound awful? Well, abortion and child euthanasia are legal forms of murder. Currently, abortion is legal in most of Europe, United States, Canada, and other countries, while child euthanasia is legal in Belgium and the Netherlands. The fact that this is legal should throw us into great alarm and concern.
Let’s begin with a quick biology lesson. When a male and female participate in intercourse, the male reproductive organ enters the female reproductive tract, allowing for sperm cells to potentially fertilize an egg in the fallopian tube. Once an egg is fertilized, this fertilized egg becomes a zygote cell, which contains DNA from both gamete (i.e.- both the male and female’s DNA). Once the egg is fertilized, it fulfills all of the requirements for life that molecular biology maintains, or in other words, life begins at conception.
In Human Life and Health Care Ethics, Vol. 2, James Bopp writes “the first cell of a new and unique human life begins existence at the moment of conception… every human being that ever existed, began his or her unique existence in this manner, i.e., as one cell.” Numerous scientific studies reveal that life indeed begins at conception. In fact, the American College of Pediatricians posted a study that contains the follow quote: “The predominance of human biological research confirms that human life begins at conception- fertilization.” To the general scientific community, the idea that life begins anywhere but conception is scientifically inaccurate. However, for some reason, pro-abortionists continue to suggest otherwise with minimal scientific backing. If life begins at conception, as science and common sense shows us over and over again, then when you have an abortion, you are taking a life; you are murdering.
This is where common sense comes into play. If science tells us that life begins at conception, common sense tells us that that life is human. The real dispute with life beginning at conception is whether or not the life that began is human. However, human life is produced through this process and this fertilized egg, if all goes well, can be nothing except a human life. Even if the fertilized egg does not make it to the uterus, it still fulfilled the conditions of life and could be nothing else besides the beginnings of human life. The only logical demarcation for where human life begins is conception.
Another common argument that pro-abortionists use is the “it’s the woman’s body.” This grossly misrepresents the entire process of reproduction. The life created is an individual that comes from both a male and female and cannot come from just a female. This life exists in the female’s body. Biologically, the life contains a different genetic composition than the female, therefore, it cannot be a part of the female. Except in cases of rape, the female decided to have sex. If you choose to have sex, you are choosing the possibility that you conceive a child. In cases of rape, I understand that the victim has had one of the worst things in the world done to them, but that does not give you the power to decide whether or not someone else lives. If the person needs to give the baby up for adoption or wants to try and raise them, we need to provide counseling and aid, not tell them that killing a baby would make them feel better because it will not. In fact, that would create guilt for the mother; guilt that does not need to exist.
Any form of abortion is murder. Science, conscience, and common sense all tell us that. We need to immediately stop abortions and focus on making parenthood more respected in our society. Children are a gift from God, not something that we should kill or let be killed.
Child euthanasia, similar to abortion, is pure evil. In Belgium and the Netherlands, if children are gravely ill or have significant enough birth defects, they can be euthanized. This is murder. We can determine the probability of someone’s chance to live, but we can and have been wrong on this front. Miracles, medical or not, do occur, we can be wrong about someone’s prospects. This does not give us the right to decide whether or not another person lives. Intentionally killing a person is murder, there is no way to skirt around this.
The argument for child euthanasia is that it is more merciful to kill a suffering person than let them continue to suffer. However, children do not understand the concept of death until they reach a certain age and we do not know the future of these children. Countless people have suffered from terrible illnesses, been a single second away from death, and then lived and lived happily. As a human race, our first priority should be each other. If it is not each other, then we have nothing to live for and we are worthless. However, if we value life and each other enough, we recognize that killing is wrong and we want to make sure that everyone feels like it is good that they are alive. If someone does not wish to be alive, whatever the reason, it is pure evil to tell them that they should die because they will feel better. That says that you do not care, love, or value the person in any respect.
In order for someone to argue that abortion and child euthanasia should be legal, they would have to argue that murder should be legal. Abortion and child euthanasia are just as cruel as deliberately and carefully thinking about killing someone and then killing them. They are just as cruel because the concept is the exact same.
Whether or not abortion and child euthanasia should be legal should not be a debate. Abortion is not a female right; it is not a feminist position to think that abortion should be legal; it is an evil way of thinking. Child euthanasia is another example of deliberately killing someone and saying that their life does not have enough value to continue. Who are we if we allow abortion and child euthanasia? Who are we to decide who lives and who does not? Who are we to murder ceaselessly? This is not a matter of politics, this is not a matter of religion, this is a matter of fundamentally going against humanity and pure evil.