Defending life from conception to natural death

Last week, an article titled ‘Conservatives need to choose a side when it comes to the issue of abortion’ by Charlie Grant, was written about the abortion debate. As a pro-life person myself, there are many ideas I would like to address from the article.

The first argument was about whether or not a woman should be able to choose what she does with her body. This may seem a shock at first, but I agree with this statement. When the decision is only about yourself, no one can make the decision for you. But the fetus is not a part of the woman’s body as it has a separate set of DNA. I do not believe a woman, or anyone for that matter, has the right to choose to end another person’s life — not women or men or friends or doctors. I firmly believe, as do many others, that the fetus in the womb is a human being. In fact, the word fetus is Latin for ‘little one’ or ‘offspring’. The life inside the womb should be protected equally to life outside of the womb.

Last week’s article stated that “the vast majority of people who champion being ‘pro-life’ are only pro-life up until birth.” This past Thursday, Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, spoke to a group of Loras students and Dubuque residents about this issue. Ohden explained how she recently saw a picture of a starving child. This image was sent to one of Ohden’s pro-life friends. The caption asked “Do you even care?” Ohden’s friend’s response was “Here’s the check to the local pregnancy center. Can you match that? Here’s the check to the local food bank. Can you match that?” Many pro-life people support all stages of life in their daily lives, but they do not find the need to make it public.

Another argument said that we are objectifying women by not allowing them to get abortions. No, women are not solely here to give birth. To quote the article, “women should have the right to choose their own path of life. And if that path does not include having a child, so be it.” That is why adoption is such a beautiful option. As Ohden said in her speech, “Adoption is not always easy… [but] adoption is the option that everyone can live with…especially the adopted child.” Adoption is allowing a woman to choose her own path while giving someone else the equal chance at life and choice.

Those who are pro-life need to defend the rights and dignity of life from conception to natural death. During her address to Congress in September, Ohden was the only one to state that she was opposed to the death penalty. This reminds us that, while many people tend to focus on one issue at a time like abortion, there are many issues that are not often brought up in the public sphere. Abortion is a heavy issue, but there are other pro-life subjects that deserve equal attention.

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