I’ve already stated my opinion on this matter, yet every night it’s been nagging me, this article in which I hadn’t explained my full point. So here I am. Let me start by warning you about making preconceptions towards a deeply religious, pro-life person. Being those two things doesn’t mean I don’t see the Roman Catholic church as hugely flawed. Nor does it mean I am against gay marriage or women’s rights in general. What I am is an advocate of valuing the life of a child (I consider a fetus already one for it is alive with the spirit of being human, which is being loved by others and resembling them) and hope in the midst of likely awful future scenarios.
First of all, how can a “clump of cells” come off as human? Well, there’s an 80% chance you thought of what I said in the previous paragraph as just that. And I’ve come across a lot of people who’ve done the same. I never said anything as simple as something between a zygote and fetus was human. Those things, they are most probably just clumps of cells. What I said previously was the fetus, and fetuses resemble humans greatly, are alive in a manner similar to humans and are loved like they are one. Although the two things can’t really be compared fairly, aren’t animals alive and objects of love and care too? Yet they have rights and fetuses, which are miles closer to humans, are in a dire situation.
Why let them live, then, if a future in the orphanage is almost likely guaranteed? Take notice of that question, it said “almost likely” and not guaranteed. There is an inherent happiness and purity in orphanages, a hope for childless couples who can’t afford or take the risk of experimental procedures. How about poverty? No one kills the guaranteed hopeless people of Africa or any other poor nation, yet they pose a more hopeless scenario than fetuses that are “better off” aborted. You see, I firmly believe in the importance of human rights. We have a responsibility to protect and help each other up whenever possible because that is the essence of humanity. We must stop sinking into this mechanical line of thinking where logic trumps heart and conscience. Yes, there are always exceptions to the rule, and those are reserved to “guaranteed” hopeless situations like ISIS.
Yes, you say “but you do know this goes both ways, right?” and I wholeheartedly agree. The hope of a better future when twisted upside down is a cause for such great pity that mercy killing would seem fit. Yet that’s why we don’t kill the poor, hopeless, dying people I’ve mentioned, because people have an equally great capacity to be real “humans” and help. We live in an unpredictable world and anything can happen and I’m sure you’ve watched all the documentaries and “inspirational true story” films and uplifting news articles that prove it. When there is both a probability to live and to die you stick to the hope that you’ll live because that is our nature. We hope and things go bad but things, miracles even, happen everyday. Again, I know that truly hopeless situations abound in today’s world and that’s when the mercy killing thing makes sense for me.
Rape victims, on the other hand, are the most misunderstood. A terrible thing has happened to one, then people unite to give them the right to abort their unwanted child when it didn’t do the smallest of sins. It’s like killing a lion as punishment for attacking its trainer. It’s a painful reality but the mother must live with it. A child is a child, there’s no two ways around it.
Women should have better rights and now is their time, I agree. But prioritizing women over children is like saving the president of the United States in a mass shooting instead of the child in the stroller. It makes the most sense, but is it the right thing to do? Presidents are replacable, but can you live with the memory that you let a child die?
Even more egregious is fetal tissue research. Imagine a world where anything is sacrificed for the sake of science. If children is of utmost importance to you, then that world is now. Progress is good, but ramming over the lives of others for the sake of it is a terrifying reality that needs to be dampened if we are to continue living as real humans.
This debate in my opinion shouldn’t have started in the first place. People I guess just became more like machines, placing logic over humanity. No one seems to bring up the point that legalizing abortion in a general sense is also legalizing the killing of children (developing and loved by many, just like newborns). This makes sense, I confess, but only when much stricter provisions are in place.