In the scheme of life there are issues that we see reveal around in public and in places of worship, from podiums, sidewalks, and any place people are – there are issues that we must talk about and have a dialogue over even if we have an opposing opinion. Abortion is one of those topics. To those of you who have no opinion, I wish to challenge you to decide if I am wrong.
There is always the argument that one is entitled to their opinion. That allows for some people to ignore something I have come to know as independent origination. That means that whatever you create – any action, object, or cause there is an opposite action, object, or cause that is created at the same time. That means that if for everything there is one exact opposite then when it comes to good or evil, there are only two ways to slice that. I am a firm believer in the concept and beauty of life. I am going to define what I mean.
Does life begin at 60? Only in commercials for retirement villages. Let's ask ourselves our own definition and for the purposes of clarity and non-ambiguity, let's say that we use the dictionary as our clearing reference. What does birth mean? Why does there have to be a different definition of birth and conception? There is a valid reason and I will explain. Life is something sacred and an independent cause for cherishing for each of us individually. That is something most everyone will agree on.
What does birth mean in the dictionary?
From * 1) Dictionary.com:
1. an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth.
2. the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth.
3. lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth.
4. high or noble lineage: to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
5. natural heritage: a musician by birth.
And so clearly we have a good idea at which point we are considered "born". That life begins at birth is a constant in the universe. Even the people who talk about being "born again" do so so they can start a new life. Scientifically and Literally we are not really living until we are breathing independently and experiencing life. Life, which is defined as being an organic mass that is self perpetually dividing cells and creating itself through the experience of moving around in the environment.
Life defined; From * 2) Dictionary.com:
1. the condition that distinguishing organizations from organic objects and dead organisms, being identified by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internationally .
2. the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment.
3. the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual : to risk one's life; a short life and a merry one.
4. a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as associated to the soul: eternal life.
5. the general or universal condition of human existence: Too bad, but life is like that.
Again we are faced with certain facts. Facts that make ignoring some things impossible. When we look at the fact that life is, as in the first definition "… the condition that distinguishing organizations from organic objects and dead organisms, being identified by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally . "
And if that means that when we are lying, 'brain dead' despite a soul or inner energy of a sentient being (which is present in objects that are not considered living), without the abiliity to breathe, grow through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to the environment through changes originating internally, but through the supposed "life support" machines in a hospital that can sustain the tissue of a dead body through animation so that it "appears" to be alive, then, we aren 't really alive.
That would also mean that while being dependent of an umbilical chord that is our only chance of living in this world and that without the body of the host (mother) that there would be no sustaining, growth, or cell devision and there is NOT a chance of reproducing. In other words , we are not yet alive at that point.
When someone says to me that they are " pro-life" , that means to me that they are pro-fetus. That is like saying that we should stop eating eggs since they are already created and were independently growing inside their mother. But we realize that those are NOT living chickens until they hatch. Today I wish to introduce the Pro-Fetus movement. I want everyone who calls themselves Pro-Life and anyone who describes them, writes about them, or even mentions them – to step up; and start calling the people who call themselves Pro-Life what they really are. Pro-Fetus. What does this mean? This means you are putting the responsibility for the fetus ahead of the mother. And what does that mean?
My friend, Denice has pointed out to anyone who will listen, on several occasions, (but it did not sink in to me until recently) that some men in our government (who really should not have a decision in women's lives and what they should do with their own lives in the future) treat women who are pregnant as if they are worthless.
What do I mean by that?
Let me explain to you through asking you this simple question:
"When a woman becomes pregnant, what does she become?" Is she suddenly this worthless human being that has no right to decide her own life, a cocoon that is nothing more than a vessel intended for males to procreate in and through? Does someone think she describes less respect for her opinion and that she – through a lack of being able to control her own life at that point without altering her pregnancy is describing of no opinion or voice on her own life because she is carrying an embryo that is NOT living yet?
I am of the opinion that most people who think that depending on authority figures or social leaders to give them their opinions or beliefs on every matter leads to them not being able to think for themselves in life decisions. When one is raised to believe that they already have all the answers if they just listen to a certain person or read what is said in a certain book, then they have given them moral responsibility to think for themselves and they will never develop what is known as critical thinking. In other words, they will never have a real opinion based on evidence, investigation of that evidence, non-objective thought, and their own moral compass. Having our own moral compass and free will is part of human rights and is cherished like life itself because without it, our life is not our own.
Those who ignore the fact that abortions are going to happen, legally or not, are not facing reality. It is a medical procedure. Those who wish to make it illegal are trying to return to a time when young women will self abort with a wire clothes hanger or go to a unsanitary clinic and then die herself of an infection or hemorrhage. When someone tells me that they are against Roe vs. Wade, they are telling me that they are for returning to that time in history before we used common sense and a sense of decency towards young women who find themselves pregnant and can not shoulder the responsibility of being a parent. Not everyone could or should even try to do that. The thinking that everyone should gather that everyone is a responsible adult who is mentally stable and will not end up causing the death of their children grow up to cause the death of someone else, negating the argument that they are being saved for a higher purpose .
* 1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/birth
* 2) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/life