What is Abortion?
Abortion is the deliberate killing of an unborn human being before he or she is born. To distinguish this from spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage as it is commonly known, medical personnel often refer to it as “therapeutic”‘ abortion , but it is a therapy for nothing. It is also commonly referred to as a ‘termination of pregnancy” but this also is a euphemism; by terminating a pregnancy, one is terminating a human life.
How is Abortion done?
The methods used depend upon the stage of pregnancy. During the first trimester, up to twelve weeks, it can be performed surgically or through the use of abortifacients such as mifepristone (also known as RU486).After this time, the means are either surgical or through the use of prostaglandins which are administered to the mother to induce early labour, and the baby dies from prematurity. A certain number of babies have been born alive and left to die.
Why does Abortion matter?
Since there are actually millions of abortions around the world annually, it is justified to ask: why does it matter? Our organisation commenced in 1970 as a counter response to a Federal bill to overturn all states laws against abortion and make Australia uniformly a country where abortion was legal on demand. Ordinary Australians reacted this way because they regarded human life as precious and deserving of the same protection before birth as that afforded after birth. They believed that size didn’t matter.
Science has confirmed that human life does begin at conception. Since in so many ways, Australian society is informed by science, it is fitting that on so basic an issue as the respect due to human life, it should be instructed by science also. Without a fundamental right to life, no other human right can take effect or be enjoyed.
Pro-life organisations are criticised by advocates of abortion for putting the ‘foetus’ first and ignoring the needs of the mother. In response to this, we say that although the first victim of abortion is the unborn child, the mother is a surviving victim as she has to bear the burden of any of the physical, psychological or social consequences that may occur. In a highly developed country such as ours, it should not be seen necessary or even desirable that in order to best help a pregnant woman, she needs to be able to end the life of her child. Nor do we believe that a just and peaceful society can be built upon killing unborn human beings who are our country’s future citizens.
It was once a common justification that abortion was needed for unwanted pregnancy so that the resulting children didn’t become unwanted and abused children. The prohibitively long queue for childless couples to adopt Australian children means this will never happen.
What about a women’s “right to choose” or a “right to their body”?
Nowhere else in our legal structure, is someone given a right to choose to kill another. Nor is the unborn a part of the woman’s body. He/she is a distinct individual with a unique genetic code derived from mother and father.
For most women distressed by pregnancy, the issue is not about being pregnant itself, but the circumstances surrounding it which are making them consider abortion as their only “choice”. It’s definitely not a “choice” when you are only allowed one option. No one suggests that working through these difficulties is easy. However, circumstances can be very different nine months or a year along, but abortion is forever.