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Abortion is the Darkness that Remains

This passage that follows was written by my 13-year-old granddaughter. She makes some excellent points and I asked if I could use her work as part of an article and she said, “Of course”! She read this aloud to her class, I hope it made some of them think.

Hello, my name is Isabelle or at least it would be if my mother had not chosen to abort me. When my mother aborted me I went to heaven, and when a person dies before they have lived their lives, they are shown what the future could have been.

We are shown multiple destinies and one of mine would have been finding the cure for cancer, I may have picked a different path, but we will never know because my mother chose to abort me.

Yes, I know it is difficult to be a parent because I look down at Earth and I see all the struggles that everyone goes through. Would it have been easier or safer to give me up for adoption? Look what happened to Steve Jobs the creator of Apple. In 1966 Steve’s mother was a college student from the Midwest and unable to support her child. Instead of putting the burden on her parents she decided to give up her child. Eventually, he became the creator of Apple. Everyone who has an Apple product loves them. Lucky for us he did not have to ask the question, “Why did my mom abort me.”

What if I was born with a disability like Andrea Bocelli? His mother ignored her doctor's advice to abort the pregnancy and was born with poor eyesight. Later, a football incident left him blind. Despite this challenge, he became a world-renowned opera singer because his mother chose to not abort him. Lucky for us he did not have to ask the question, “Why did my mom abort me.”

When I went to heaven I noticed that my fingerprints were completely different from everybody else. I was unique. I had a heartbeat, I had cells, I had all the vital organs needed to survive. So why did my mother choose to abort me? When my mother aborted me I wondered “Why me”?

When I was looking down, I noticed that doctors take a vow called the Hippocratic Oath, which is to do no harm. But yet performing an abortion harms the baby by killing it, but it is also harmful for the mother. I see parents doing what they can to protect their children from harm and danger, so why did my mother choose to abort me?

When I look down I see that some families have a mom and a dad, I remember hearing my parents talking. Before I was aborted I heard my mother&'s voice. She sounded worried. But the way she spoke was calming. Was my dad included in this decision? Why did he not want me? Why did they choose to abort me? When I look down I notice that my mother was told it is her body, her choice. But what about my body. Why didn’t I haven’t a choice? Why did my mother choose to abort me?

Before babies are aborted we do not know what their destinies will be, because things like that are unpredictable. We do not know what my destiny could have been, I could have been the person to cure cancer, or I could have pulled off the biggest theft in history, I could have created the newest technology, or I could have been a serial killer, but we will never know because my mother chose to abort me.

This subject is often avoided as it is such a “lightning rod”, but perhaps we should be less concerned with the lighting strikes and more concerned with the killing and infringement on the most basic right, life itself. I am compelled to discuss this because of a growing trend, disposal of those deemed “inferior”.

In recent years we have been told that children with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) will no longer exist, the problem will be solved. A cure or a miracle treatment? No, a test that identifies a child with Down Syndrome while still in the womb so they can be aborted. Perhaps rather than listen to those who would attempt to destroy the life for some altruistic motive, they should listen instead to Frank Stephens.

Frank testified before Congress last November, “Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living.” He continued, “Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down Syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated. It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words. I completely understand that those people pushing this particular ‘final solution’ are saying that people like me should not exist.”

Who are we to decide, regardless of the reason, whether noble or selfish? Technology has given us far better means to save a life, to determine life and to end life. When the founders were drafting the US Constitution, there was an “understanding” regarding abortion that dated back to the days of Aristotle. For thousands of years women had two ways to determine pregnancy, their normal period ended and  the subsequent sensation of the baby moving in the womb, called “quickening”.

I need to be brief in this and hope you will take the time to learn more about society’s early understanding of life and abortion. There is a good history lesson outlined in The Founding Fathers and the Right to Life that is well referenced. As technology has  improved over the centuries our understanding and ability to determine life, 3-D ultrasounds and such give us an insight never imagined by Aristotle and other early legal and medical authorities.

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Abortion was viewed as the unlawful ending of life. In fact in the years following our revolution, there were medical discoveries that encouraged lawmakers in America and England to move to this end. England adopted Lord Ellenborough’s Act in 1803 that made it a capital offense to intentionally “cause and procure the miscarriage of any woman quick with child”. It also included severe penalties for causing an abortion prior to quickening.

Physiologists began to reason and believe the child to be a living being from conception rather than at quickening and coined the term “Foeticide” to the act of procuring a criminal abortion. By 1940 the State of Maine banned the abortion of infants, “quick or not”. Justice Rehnquist in his dissent of Roe v. Wade noted that by the time the 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 (cited as a ‘right to privacy’ by the majority) that 36 states and territories had enacted abortion laws.

Evil, however, continues to rear its ugly head. By the early days of progressivism in the late 19th century, eugenics and population control became popular amongst the self appointed elites around the world. You might be surprised at some of the people involved and backing these ideas. George Bernard Shaw, whom many regard as a great playwright, was quite vocal in his disgust for those he deemed unworthy of life. Hitler did not invent the idea of extermination, he just took it and ran with it.

We recognize the likes of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, but what of Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, and even Winston Churchill believed in taking action at the national level to purify the population. Churchill did not condone the gas chamber approach, but did suggest sterilization and incarceration as ways to control “mental defectives”, “feeble-minded”, “imbeciles” and “moral defectives”. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World explored selective breeding of humans to reach genetic perfection. While much of this talk was silenced in the wake of Hitler’s atrocities, it has never disappeared from the hearts of many.

What are we often told when there is some sort of crisis or social problem? “We must do something” is often the precursor to action at a federal level, or in the words of Rham Emanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste”. In fact, in California, forced sterilization was not outlawed until 1979 and there are accusations that 148 women were illegally sterilized between 2006-2010.

As technology has advanced, so has the methodology of eugenics and population control. Rather than “kill people with a humane gas” as Shaw suggested, they now do what they can to prevent the birth of any child who “might” be defective. Face it, this is not an exact science, it is based on the law of averages. Today it is common practice to discard any embryo suspected of any possible defect, whether in the womb or in a clinic.

Again I ask, “Who are we to decide”? I believe many of these proponents are well intentioned. I also believe these people feel they, rather than a higher being, can and should make these decisions. Even an ardent supporter of abortion such as Barack Obama suggested that a determination of when life begins is, “Above my pay grade”.

Indeed. When we are told that we must have stronger gun control, “If we can save just one life”, why do we not care if abortion takes one? At the end of life, there are two things that are used to determine life. Is the heart beating and is the brain active? An EEG can detect brain function at 40-43 days after conception. And unlike a person who is dying and their brain may not function due to trauma or disease, the baby’s function will continue to improve. Three weeks and one day after fertilization the heart begins to beat. In most cases then before a woman knows for sure she is pregnant there is a heartbeat and brain activity. She is now legally (as declared by the Supreme Court, the same court that authorized slavery and forced sterilization) allowed to terminate that life simply because it is an inconvenience or it might not live up to some preconceived ideal.

Our republic was formed around the idea that we are created and endowed with certain (that is, established beyond doubt) rights. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men… To secure these rights, not dole them out at the whim of government or deny these rights with the power of government.

Who do we think we are, to either allow or encourage any denial of these natural rights? When man thinks he only has to answer to himself or another man, the republic is lost.


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