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Many of you might remember the gruesome pictures displayed by Project Truth in front of the Arbor several weeks ago- it was almost impossible to miss these pictures of what was conceptualized as “the truth behind abortions.” While I don’t particularly believe in the intended shock value of such disgusting images over lunch, I do agree with their statements against the use of abortion in society, and endorse the religion-neutral pro-life argument.
To those who argue abortions don’t actually kill a human being, many major medical journals and researchers have proven that life is created at the exact moment when male sperm enters a female egg, neither sooner nor later. The only difference between that moment and the three trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy is simply time, money and effort through nurturing- the same kind of difference between a 3-year old and a thirteen-year old. There shouldn’t be any distinction between an abortion during the first trimester and one during the third trimester, just as there is no distinction under the law between taking the life of a 3-year old and taking the life of a thirteen-year old. There are societal implications based on age which can vary, but robbing a child the chance to live- regardless of age- is, in fact, murder.
Of course, that probably won’t stop most people looking to get abortions; the sting of morality is only painful to those who believe in it.
Now to examine why people get abortions in the first place. Unsurprisingly, abortions are performed to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy, and almost all pregnancies occur through sexual intercourse. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” now comes to mind. Besides an abortion, the other way to “cure” a pregnancy is to prevent it in the first place. And, logically speaking, how would a woman prevent an abortion? There currently exist two ways of prevention: birth control and abstinence. Despite new technology through pills and different flavors and sizes of condoms, it is widely known that a combination of birth control methods is not exactly 100 percent effective. In fact, research has suggested that due to improper usage and a lack of knowledge, these methods aren’t even close to 100 percent effective at preventing a pregnancy. Therefore, the only foolproof method of prevention is abstinence.
Society, unfortunately, plays a huge role in feeding the American sex appeal through mass media; look on television, magazines; even newspapers seek an audience through sex topics (like our good friends over at The Daily Nexus do every Wednesday!). This leads to a public desensitization of sex, and societies are much more willing to “go all the way” for recreational purposes, rather than for the primary purpose of sex- reproduction. In fact, other than dolphins, we are the only species on the planet who engage in sexual intercourse for recreation; all other animals only do so for the purpose of reproduction.
Of course, by these explanations, sex would be most appropriate for two mature individuals who desire a pregnancy, hopefully resulting in a child.
A change in how an entire society views a concept like abortion is not easy, but it begins with some simple logic in the female mind: “Is sex worth the risk of a possible pregnancy, even with contraceptives, or can I get the same from my relationship without having sex?” And of course, men need to recognize that “no” means “no,” and that a relationship (as well as sex) is mutually pleasurable only to two consenting individuals.
With progress from ideas such as these, it’s possible to completely eliminate the need for abortions as well as any potentially unwanted pregnancy scares.