This is a commentary written for newspaper publication.
*Abortion rights are not right*
*By Lynn K. Murphy*
The recent commentary on this page entitled , by Susan Estrich, had several incredible distortions.
While it is true that abortion rights are in voters' hands, the
commentary digressed greatly from this topic and practically cried
about the potential end of abortion "rights."
*Is abortion right?*
To answer this question, let's see what abortion is. Then you decide
if it is right.
A pregnancy begins. From the beginning the baby has his mother's
chromosomes and his father's chromosomes and no others. Since both
the mother and the father are human, the baby is human. Since the
baby grows, he is alive. If he is left alone, a live human baby is
born. If he is aborted, a live human baby is not born. Therefore, a
live human baby died. Conclusion: Abortion kills a baby.
Yet, some people will say that the baby is a part of his mother's
body and that therefore abortion is justifiable. Everyone agrees
that for approximately one week after fertilization, the baby is
free-floating. At that time, therefore, he cannot be a part of his
mother and so he has a separate life. His next step is to attach
himself to his mother with a long umbilical cord. The purpose of the
umbilical cord is to pass waste products and nutrients to and from
his mother. If he is now a part of his mother's body, then when he
attached himself, his life ended by merging with his moth er's
life. Later, when he is born, I guess pro-abortion people would say
he gets his life back.
Also, when he would become part of his mother's body, she would
suddenly be both male and female and so would the baby. Then when he
is born, she would suddenly have one sex again, and so would he.
If a Caucasian man's sperm was united with a Black woman's egg and
used to impregnate an Oriental woman, if the baby would be a part of
the Oriental woman's body, the Oriental woman would suddenly have
three races. So would he, and upon birth each would revert to having
one. But a woman cannot have two sexes and three races.
The life merging, sex changing, and race changing are all biological
Conclusion: The baby is a separate life. Besides, you probably
already knew this in your heart.
**Who are the terrorists?**
In the commentary, , author Susan
Estrich calls some pro-lifers terrorists for blocking entrances to
abortion clinics. Are pro-lifers terrorists? You decide. If you
were walking past a burning building, and you knew there were
children inside, would you break into that building to save them? Or
would you prefer that the children burn to death? Did you know that
one way babies are killed in the womb is to burn them to death with
chemicals? Did you know that just five weeks after ferti lization
the baby has a beating heart and that eight weeks after fertilization
he can feel the excruciating pain of his death? Did you know that
anesthetics are never used on him?
Are pro-lifers the terrorists, or are the abortionists and
pro-abortion activists terrorists? You decide.
**Abortion hurts women**
Perhaps Ms. Estrich thought abortion was okay because it is legal.
But not everything that is legal is moral. Adultery is legal but not
moral. Putting your parents in a convalescent home and forgetting
them is legal but not moral. Abortion, since it is killing, is legal
but not moral.
Perhaps she thought that non-viable babies (that is, not viable
outside of the womb) should be expendable. But the unborn baby is
ALWAYS viable. Just leave him right where he is and he'll be just
fine. Abortion doesn't take place outside the womb, it takes place
³ The unborn baby is ALWAYS viable. ³
³ Just leave him right where he is ³
³ and he'll be just fine. Abortion ³
³ doesn't take place outside the womb, ³
³ it takes place inside! ³
Perhaps she thought abortion is a service to women. Okay, then let's
see what Planned Parenthood says about this. Note strongly, this is
what Planned Parenthood says, not me. They do more abortions than
anyone else in the United States and in the world. Therefore, they
are the experts. In their 1990 - 1993 (Department of Education)
<3-Year Plan and Long Range Program Goals>, Planned Parenthood said
that NINETY-ONE PERCENT OF WOMEN HAVING ABORTIONS HAVE
They said that abortion hurts women!
Perhaps Ms. Estrich thought abortion was women controlling their own
bodies? Is this women "controlling their own bodies," or is it
Planned Par enthood controlling their bodies? Is this good for
**Deaths in Concord**
Ms. Estrich goes on to worry that abortion because of rape might be
outlawed. But abortion for rape + incest + life of the mother +
fetal handi cap comprises only two percent of all abortions.
32,000 abortions have been done in Concord since abortion was
legalized. Therefore, approximately 640 were for the above four
reasons and 31,360 merely for ordinary birth control.
Lastly, Ms. Estrich complains that in this land of democracy, it will
be the Supreme Court that outlaws abortion, not the people or the
legislators. Estrich, who happens to be a law professor,
conveniently forgot to tell you two very important things about the
law: 1) The Supreme Court, NOT the people or the legislatures,
originally made abortion legal (by not allowing the states to forbid
it). The people were VERY much against abortion. 2) A com plete
reversal of the Supreme Court decision (called Roe v. Wade) will not
outlaw abortion at all. It will only allow each state to outlaw it
as they choose. This means the people and the legislators would do
Pro-abortion activists are very, very good at distorting and ignoring
the facts. Now that you have heard both sides of the abortion issue,
I hope you will more inclined to vote to protect both the women and
the children of our community.