The term “abortion” actually refers to any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion. Today, the most common usage of the term “abortion” applies to artificially induced abortion.
On January 22nd 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion in all 50 states during all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, medical, social, or otherwise. In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court deemed a “right to privacy” was “broad enough to encompass” a right to artificially induced surgical or chemical abortion. Overnight, a terrible, despicable act became the law of the land all under the guise of women’s “health” including “physican, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”
As a consequence of Roe V. Wade, The vast majority of all abortions performed today are done for social, not medical reasons. Societal and personal pressures such as a woman’s unpreparedness for a child or a partner or family pressuring abortion are the main causes for abortion. The “medical” justification for abortions is not the primary reason for women to have an abortion. Approximately 93% of all induced abortions are done for elective, non-medical reasons that are steeped in social reasons and pressures.
Even though abortions are not primarily done for medical reasons they are still seen as “safe”. The phrase “safe abortion is ultimately an oxymoron because all abortions results in the death of a developing baby while hurting women physically and psychologically. Artificially induced surgical or chemical abortion increases the risk of breast cancer for women while leading to long term feelings of depression, guilt and grief. Abortion also affects fathers who cannot defend their own children and negatively effects siblings, grandparents, and other family members.
Lastly, ending a pregnancy destroys and removes a developing child. Surgical abortions are usually not performed before seven weeks. By week 3 a baby’s liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape. Within four weeks of development, a baby’s heart has already begun to beat. Week 6 sees the development of brain waves and mouth and lips are present. During the seventh through the tenth weeks, when the majority of abortions are performed, fingers and genitals appear and the child’s face is recognizably human. Abortion destroys a developing child and removes a potential life from the world, especially minority lives. In the end, the ultimate victim of every abortion is the child who never had a choice.
While Darke County Right to Life addresses multiple issues that fall under the umbrella of promoting and protecting the dignity of human life, abortion is by far the most pervasive issue of our time. Our mission is to help women find alternative to abortion and to heal women who regret their abortions. By joining the Right to Life cause we can end abortion through a medley of community events, awareness campaigns, and donations.