It’s *MY* Body—right???

Peter Hitchens Quote

A few days ago I saw this picture on Facebook and I reposted it on my wall.  A friend of mine also posted it to her wall.  Twenty-eight minutes later a friend of hers commented this:

Quote Comment

Why am I taking time to write a response to this comment on my blog? (I already wrote back on FB and I’ll probably use my friend’s friend’s response in another post). I’m taking quill to paper because this comment represents a commonly held belief on the topic of abortion and I think it can be debunked if we study it in detail.

Argument:
A woman has full authority over her own body.

The above statement is entirely true in practically all circumstances (exempting suicide—the [US] government does attempt to prevent that.)

Unspoken Assumption:

The preborn is part of the woman’s body.

Before you decide whether you think this Assumption is true or false, let us look at some things we know about the preborn.

*Growth Chart of the Pre-born:

21 Days (3 weeks) ~ Heart begins to beat.

22 Days ~ Beginnings of eyes and ears develop.

28-32 Days (4 weeks) ~ Tiny arms appear.  The budding legs appear 2 days later.  The mouth and tongue begin to appear and the nose is developing.  The preborn face makes its first appearance.  Also, blood begins flowing in the preborn’s veins.

42 Days (6 weeks) ~ Brain divides into three parts (emotion + language, hearing and seeing).  The preborn’s joints start forming.

44 Days ~ Eyelids are forming.  Elbows take shape.  All internal organs are present, but immature.  99% of muscles (each with their own nerve supply) are present.

49 Days (7 weeks) ~ The preborn begins to make spontaneous movements.  He learns (over the next four weeks) how to frown, smile, squint, hiccup, yawn, suck, touch his face, move individual limbs, and stretch.

56 Days (8 weeks) ~ The preborn is the size of a thumb and is well-proportioned.  All organs are present.  The liver makes blood and the kidneys function.  The skull, elbows & knees are forming.  Bone cells are added to the skeleton of arms, legs & spine and the bones begin to harden.  Out of 4,500 adult structures, the preborn has 4,000.

64 Days (9 weeks) ~ The preborn has tripled the number of connections between nerves and muscles.

84 Days (12 weeks) ~ The preborn swallows and responds to skin stimulation.

If this doesn’t make you reconsider, there is more. 🙂
Or maybe you think the baby is part of the mom’s body up through 21 days.  If that was true, abortion through 21 days and the day after pill should be acceptable.

Did you know that from the moment of conception the preborn (even in his one cell form) has his own unique DNA?  From cell 1 (conception) all of the DNA coding needed to form you–your eye color, gender, hair color, fingerprints, and height—was present.  The genetic code inside every cell of the preborn is unique—from his mother and father.

This blows my mind.

DNA is a topic I find super interesting to study.  If you’ve never studied DNA, I highly recommend you check out some **books on it.

If you need one more nail to hammer into the Assumption’s coffin, look no further.  The preborn’s blood type is likely not the same as the mother and the preborn is 50% likely to be the opposite gender of the mother.

Here’s another discrepancy in our society regarding the pre-born.
Don't Drink While Pregnant

Or how about this one:
Don't Drink While Pregnant

Hmm… if the preborn is not a baby, and can be freely disposed off by the mother if she so chooses, why are there laws about these signs being posted in bars and alcohol stores??  Sound like a double standard to you?

Also, did you know that if you go visit the White House for a tour you must fill out a form for everyone going—including any preborn babies!!  I find that case particularly ironic, since President Obama is fine with disposing of [killing] the preborn up to the time of birth.

Then of course there’s also the ***”Unborn Victims of Violence Act” which basically says that anyone who intentionally kills or even attempts to kill a preborn child be punished as though he killed or attempted to kill a human being.”

I’m aware of other arguments such as the dependency one.  However, I will deal with those in another post some date in the future.  For this post, I only wanted to help you understand the major assumption behind a commonly argued reason for abortion—that because a woman has full rights over her body (true) she may choose to abort the preborn developing within her (false—since the preborn is not part of the woman’s body).

If you think there’s a flaw in my case against this assumption, please comment. 🙂  I will address other abortion arguments in future posts.

Until next time!

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Note 1: When I referred to the preborn I used the word “him/his”.  I did this to simplify (and shorten) my post so that I would not have to say “him or her/his or hers” every time I mentioned gender.

* Information taken from:
“Life Before Birth,” Life Magazine, April 30, 1965.

Carlson, B., Human Embryology & Developmental Biology, Toronto: Mosby Publication; 3rd Edition, 2004.

Moore, K. and Persaud, T., The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Sanders, 1998.

O’Rahilly, R. and Muller, F., Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd Edition, New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001

Tsairas, A. and Werth, B., From Conception to Birth, a Life Unfolds, New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Valman, H. and Pearson, J.,”What the foetus feels,” British Medical Journal, January 26, 1980.

**Some helpful layman level material on DNA:
Pearcey, Nancy R. and Thaxton, Charles B., The Soul of Science, Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy, Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1994, pg. 221-248.

Davis, Percival and Kenyon, Dean H., Of Pandas and People, The Central Question of Biological Origins, 3rd Edition, Dallas: Haughton Publishing Company, 1998, pg. 41-67.

***HR 1997 was passed by a Senate role call vote of 61-38, March 25, 2004.

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The Holocaust~Then and Now

When you read a book (fiction or non-fiction) have you ever asked yourself what you’d do if you were in the position/predicament the character(s)’s in?  I do all the time.  It can be fun and it often helps me think up imaginative ways of doing things.

Some of my favorite books to do this with are historical fiction books on World War II and the American Civil War/Underground Railroad.  I particularly find these books interesting because (in many cases) they are about real people who were willing to risk their lives to protect, defend, and help those society called non-human.  During WWII, Adolf Hitler convinced the majority of Germans that Jews and all non-Aryan races were not people and should be exterminated in order for the “best” people to continue evolving for the betterment of the human race.  Because Jews (and others) were no longer considered persons, but rather animals, the Nazi’s were able to justify their cruel treatment and cold blooded slaughter.

A similar thing happened in the USA.  For decades, people with more melanin in their skin (African Americans) were treated as property and thought to be lower, less evolved, humans.  They had no rights, and they could be sold, beaten, and even killed.

Although the politically correct position asserted that the people in these groups (Jews, Gypsies, African Americans, etc.) were not persons with rights, a few men and women were brave enough to go against their culture norms.  At all costs they stood up for those who did not have a voice.

I’ve always looked up to these heroic men and women and imagined myself standing with them if I’d been alive then.  I think things such as “If I’d lived then I would’ve built a secret compartment in my room and helped smuggle Jews out of Germany,” and “I’d have joined the Underground Railroad and helped slaves escape their cruel masters.”

The problem with “if’s” and “would have’s” is that they are all in the imagination and have nothing to do with actually helping people.  We all tend to think of ourselves in the highest regard and put ourselves (hypothetically) into positions where we get to show off how brave, heroic, and caring we are.

The real question though is this.  “What are you doing right now to defend those who don’t have a voice?”  Right now, as I write this and as you read it, there is a modern holocaust going on — in our backyards!  The most defenseless people on earth are being ruthlessly slaughtered.  And the ones doing the killing are earning fortunes with the governments approval.  All of us should be able to agree to at least one thing.

1) The intentional killing of an innocent human is a moral wrong.

If you don’t believe that then you may as well skip the rest of this post and hope your neighbor does believe it.

If you do, however, believe this then we can continue our discussion using this as our common ground and the foundation for the rest of this post.

You may be wondering who I am speaking about.  I’m referring to the pre-born children.  Every day over 3,500 pre-born children are heartlessly killed.  Abortion is killing innocent humans.  And since we know that killing innocent humans is a moral wrong, abortion is a moral wrong.  The problem is, most of America thinks the pre-born babies are not human.  So, for this post I will be debating that view and giving reasons for why I believe the pre-born are human.

There are four basic reasons that the pre-born are thought to be non-human.

1. Size
2. Level of Development
3. Environment
4. Level of Dependency

Before I expound I have some pictures and a question for you.

Out of the four pictures how many of them show a human?  3?

No actually, all four of them do.  These pictures represent different stages in a human life.  We start out one celled.  But our one celled stage quickly multiplies and re-multiplies and eventually we reach the “newborn” stage.  After that comes toddler, child, pre-teen, teen, and adult.  Each stage is important, and at no stage do we stop being human.  You may look different, sound different, even live in a different place and depend on different people/things, but you are still human.

At conception, you were you.  That one cell had all the information (the genetic code/DNA) needed to self-make you.  Your eye color, your hair color, whether or not you’d be able to roll your tongue, your fingerprints, and everything else.  At no point in your existence were you someone else or something different.

Above is a picture my friend sent me, found at liveaction.org.

I’m going to split my pro-life posts into at least 4 different posts, to help the read length decrease.  This post is already over 780 words.

We’ll deal with number 1: SIZE.

When you were inside your mother’s womb, you were very tiny, microscopic for the first part.  Expanding very rapidly, you eventually became much larger, probably about 6-9 lbs (2.7 – 4 kg).

Some people say that the pre-born can’t be human based on their small size.  Our humanity does not depend on our size.  If that were the case, most men would be much more human than women, since men are (generally) larger.  Would you want to live in a world where your rights as a human would change depending on your size???  Clearly this would not be a good way to figure out rights and decide who is or isn’t human.

Being the oldest of eight children, I would get the rights of the third born, because two of my sisters are bigger than me.  I don’t know about you, but I would not want my parents to give me privileges judging by size!

I’ll leave you with that.  Please comment and let me know what you think!  I’ll be working on my next 3 (or more!) posts in the upcoming weeks. 🙂