What About My Rights?
As I was scrolling through the news this morning, like I do every morning, I froze when I saw an article about New York State allowing abortions up until birth. I thought for sure it had to be fake news, but as I researched more into it, I was wrong. It was as real as the air I breathe.
The Reproductive Health Act “updates the state’s abortion laws for the first time since 1970. It will allow abortions to be performed by an authorized practitioner within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, or if the fetus isn’t viable, or at any time if patient’s life or health is at risk.”
Now I am not here to judge anyone. I am not here to push my beliefs on anyone either. We all have the right to believe what we want. As a woman, I would not want the choice I make for my own body to be taken away from me, but what so many fail to see are the rights of the unborn babies.
We all have our own beliefs about when human life begins. We all have our own views about what is considered morally right. My concern is that we are headed down a slippery slope with this new law. I can assume that we all understand what would be considered something putting a woman’s life at risk, but “health risk” is a very broad term.
My worry is that completely healthy babies that will be aborted. Think about it for a minute. This law allows abortions up until birth if the woman’s life or health is at risk. Medical advancements allow babies who are born very premature to survive outside the womb, so why abort a baby that has the potential to survive?
Two of my daughters were born pre-term. One at 36 weeks and one at 32 weeks. Both were born healthy with little to no medical intervention. Other than being tiny little human beings, they were perfect. They have grown up to be beautiful, strong, and determined women.
We also know there are many women looking to adopt. In the cases of women who are contemplating a late-term abortion of a healthy baby, why not consider adoption? I just cannot fathom aborting a baby in the third trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant knows that by that time you reach the third trimester, you already feel your baby moving and kicking. There are real signs of life.
I understand that a woman may have health reasons to end a pregnancy in the last trimester. What I don’t understand is why choose to abort a healthy baby if they are able to survive outside the womb? I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. There are other choices.
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