|Do You Believe the Embryo/Fetus Is Not a Human Being?
by Mark Ritter and Dan Mannion
The 19th century saw the United States embroiled in a fierce Civil War. Brother was pitted against brother; family against family. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were killed during this dark period in our history; not by foreign troops but by our own people. Of all the factors involved in the cause of this war, one stands out: Were black people human beings with "certain inalienable rights" guaranteed in the Constitution, or were they, according to a Supreme Court ruling of the day, mere property, entirely at the mercy of their owners?
Over a century later we see another Civil War waging in this country. Again, brother fights brother, friends war against friends. Again, hundreds of thousands are being killed on the battlefield. And again the question is: Are certain individuals really human beings with constitutionally guaranteed rights or are they, according to a Supreme Court ruling of our day, mere property, at the mercy of their "owners"?
Our Civil War today is Abortion.
Those who today call themselves "Pro-Life" claim that the embryo and fetus are human beings, that they do deserve a "right to life." But isn't the Pro-Life cause really "much ado about nothing"? Aren't they wasting valuable time and energy over a non-issue? Isn't the embryo/fetus only a mass of tissue, only potential human life? And aren't the Pro-Life people giving this "thing" a higher priority than it deserves; a higher priority than a woman's right to both privacy and to do to her own body as she wants? What do you think?
Do you believe the embryo/fetus is not a human being?
Do you believe the embryo-fetus is not a human being because . . .
it is only potential human life?
it's only now a mass of tissue and
it isn't fully developed?
it isn't conscious?
it isn't big enough?
it's inside the womb?
it might be imperfect?
it doesn't look human?
it's dependent on the mother?
it's not viable outside the womb?
it's part of the woman's body?
it's only a bunch of cells?
it isn't wanted?
it isn't alive?
IF IT IS HUMAN and we intentionally take the Life of this innocent human being, then we commit murder. Those are strong words but, nevertheless, they are true. We can water it down and ignore the issue by calling it "the termination of a pregnancy," but it is still the taking of an innocent human life. This does not imply that a woman allowing an abortion has the heart of a murderer. But the action is murder.
IF IT IS NOT HUMAN, if it is not Homo sapiens, then to what species does it belong? If it is only potential human life, then what is it now? When does it suddenly become worth saving and why then?
IF WE DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS HUMAN, is it worth the risk? Is the possible taking of an innocent human Life ever worth the risk?
Please take time to reanalyze your opinion concerning abortion; it truly is a matter of Life and Death. There are over 4000 abortions a day in the U.S., over a million a year, and over 50 million a year world-wide. If it is true that the fetus is a human, perhaps you see why Pro-Life people see this as a modern day holocaust. Hitler had nothing on us. He convinced a blinded nation that there were individuals who were less than human, who were interfering and dispensable, and who did not have the right to live. He allowed them no defense and then slaughtered them by the millions. Could the same be said of organizations like the National Abortion Rights Action League, Planned Parenthood and dozens of others? Might they have blinded our nation by convincing us that there are people who are less than human, dispensable, and do not have the same rights to Life as you and I? Have they put the "rights" and privileges of a Master Race -- those born -- over the lives of a defenseless, "unwanted" race -- the unborn?
Our concern is also for the woman -- the other victim of abortion. Our fear is that in closing her eyes to her child's true nature and in bowing to the pressures put upon her by a society which cares little for Life, she may be snuffing out the Light in her own soul. Abortion, which many Pro-Abortion advocates see as a simple clinical operation, is to us both the losing of a Life and the hardening of a Heart; a hardening which may lead ultimately to the death of the soul. To us, this is of great concern.
Thank you for taking a moment to read this. Please won't you speak up for those who cannot speak, and take part in defending the defenseless?
Somebody needs to -- now.