Is abortion murder?
There’s a reason that question never goes away – there’s no right or wrong answer to it. Ask a group of people if a zygote qualifies as a person and most of them would probably say no – it’s a POTENTIAL person, not an actual person. Ask that same group of people, however, if a 9-month-old fetus is a person, and a lot more would probably say yes.
What do we learn from that? There’s an awful lot of people out there who think that when the baby is growing inside its mother, there’s a certain threshold it crosses where it graduates from being merely a potential person to being an actual person. But you put yourself on a slippery slope if you say something like that. What you’re implying is that there’s a certain specific, clearly defined point in time that makes all the difference. One day an abortion would be okay, and the very next it’s murder. Who’s to say when exactly that is?
There’s another group of people who like to straddle the fence by saying something to the variety of, “Abortion is murder, but a girl should be able to get an abortion if she was raped.” WTF?! If abortion is murder, but the girl was impregnated by being raped, does that stop it from being murder? Make up your fucking mind!
There’s no clear-cut right or wrong answer to this. So what should we do?
Pro-life people would tell you that we should err on the side of life and outlaw abortion. But how much sense does that make? What they’re saying is this:
“Since there’s no right or wrong answer, we should take the decision out of the hands of the individual and have the state declare that no-one can do this.”
The pro-choice camp, on the other hand, says simply this:
“Decide for yourself.”
On no level – federal, state, or local – should the government have the authority to tell you that you can’t get an abortion. If you believe that abortion is murder – fine. Don’t get one. But don’t try to force your decision on everybody else, and if you’re using religion to justify your argument … well … I’ll listen to you as soon as you enter the age of reason.
Please think twice before giving the government any more power and influence over our lives. Once we lose a little bit of our liberty, it’s really hard to get it back. Government positions, by nature, attract the type of people who like to control the lives of others, and if history is any indication, they do a really shitty job of it. Government screws things up.
Err on the side of freedom.
By: Nick Ahrens