The International Pro-Life Voting Commitment
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Petition Statement (to sign): "We who sign this petition promise to never vote for any political party or candidate who, if elected to public office, has indicated that they would either promote elective abortion, or fund it with public money, or allow it to continue legally."
Elective abortion is the biggest massacre of humans that we know of. According to the the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 56 million induced abortions were performed in the world per year during 2010 to 2014, which indicates that the amount of children killed by induced abortion every year greatly exceeds the average human-plus-civilian annual death toll of World War 2 (approximately 13 million people per year for 6 years). But abortion is a war waged not against opposing military, but our own children. We need moral boundaries on this. At the minimum, citizens of conscience have an inescapable moral responsibility to recognize how vulnerable innocent life impacted by their vote, and to insist to avoid supporting abortion directly or indirectly, not even as the least evil choice, in every election.
It is necessary to found any exposition of abortion with definitions of words relating to it, because using (or even accepting to be used) the wrong wording on this issue perverts the recognition of truth:
1. The word 'child' includes the pre-born humans, even human 'fetuses', in the dictionary definition. Pre-born human lives are definitely 'children' at any stage of development; we only need to look up the word up in a dictionary.
2. The word 'pregnant' is to have offspring developing within the female body. Therefore if you are pregnant, your child is developing within you.
3. The word 'conception' means beginning, in this case of pregnancy. The word means that something, in this case life, begins at this time.
4. The words 'embryo' and 'fetus' are technical biological terms which are both used to describe pre-born life, the difference between them being only their reference to earlier ('embryo') and later ('fetus') stages. Beware that these are biological animal terms (biology considers humans to be a small part of the animal kingdom), so that using these words without the adjective 'human' before them, when referring to human life, puts the human life in the mental category of animal life. If we allow that, we undermine any hope of advocating for human rights for that child. The abortion debate really does begin an end with the choice of which word we use, or accept others to use, to describe the preborn child.
5. The word 'murder' cannot legally be used to describe abortion, where abortion is legal, only because this 'murder' a legal term which refers to illegal killing.
6. The word 'homicide' is a term referring to killing of one human by another, and accurate to use for abortion, but it is so broad as to be without moral connotations, because it includes all possible ways and reasons for ending human life, some of which are not immoral (such as self-defense).
7. The word 'assassination' is a more accurate word to refer to abortion, since it refers to killing which is premeditated and often secretive. In a typical surgical abortion, the physician acts as the assassin.
8. The word 'healthcare' refers to restorative processes for the body or mind. Abortion is not restorative but destructive to life, so it should never be called 'healthcare'. Using this word attracts support and funding which it does not deserve, since abortion is to destroy and not to heal.
9. Abortion is often touted as a 'right' which is another word-trick to lead us into thinking that something legal is actually something moral, since a 'right' can be legal or moral. Elective abortion may be a legal right, but it can never be a moral right, which is more important.
Here are key facts about pregnancy:
1. Human pregnancy is the development of one or more (usually one) distinct human lives inside the female body, in preparation for their birth.
2. The normal gestation term is approximately 9 months (40 weeks).
3. 'Conception', is the fusion of the father's sperm cell and mother's egg cell (called 'fertilization') into a genetically distinct new human life, which grows rapidly to become a developed human body.
4. Human life begins at conception, because:
i) that's what the word means
ii) conception is the first point at which the unique DNA of the new child exists in one place in living form, and
iii) the fertilized egg represents the earliest developmental stage of a whole human being.
5. The development of life from a single cell to a healthy born baby is the greatest wonder of the living world.
6. The child's heart can begin beating as early as 16 days after conception.
7. The developing child's body is not the mother's body, but only inside the mother's body.
8. Children developing in the womb do not need to be carried to full term to be independently viable (able to survive independently outside of their mother's body). This begins at 20 weeks of gestation, with viability increasing the longer they are left in the womb (until full term).
9. At what point the child becomes conscious is uncertain (partly because we don't really know what consciousness is). Even so, children in the womb are known to respond to stimuli and remember it after being born (this shows that the consciousness of the born child is continuous with that of the pre-born child: they are the same being and therefore should have the same rights).
10. If threatened, the pre-born child is in a most vulnerable position: completely dependent on others to advocate for his or her defense (the defense was supposed to be the mother's body). The child cannot vote, cannot complain, cannot run, cannot hide (more than already), and cannot even scream. If directly attacked, the child can thrash around, but that can usually only be seen with an ultrasound, such as we see in the documentary, The Silent Scream
I present the following truths regarding abortion:
1. An 'abortion' (also called a 'miscarriage'), is a premature termination of pregnancy in a way in which the child not only leaves the mother's body, but dies.
2. An abortion can be 'spontaneous' (involuntary, done by the mother's body, such as due to a critical genetic abnormality in the child), or 'induced' (a deliberate removal of the child from the mother's body with the intent to kill the child in the process).
3. Induced abortion is profane. It is an act of extreme irreverence to the order of nature, God, and even the 'theory of evolution' (it works against the drive to reproduce which the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection is based on). Whichever one you might hold sacred, abortion goes against all of them.
4. Induced abortions are classified as either 'therapeutic' (deemed medically necessary based on the health of the mother or child) or 'elective' (chosen by the mother for any other reason). It's worth noting that physicians do not agree that abortion is ever medically necessary.
5. Of induced abortions, they can be either medical (induced by pills) or surgical (induced by physical invasion).
6. The range of aspects of a pregnant woman's health which might be used as legal justifications for a therapeutic abortion can be so extremely broad (eg. physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and age) as to make it fairly easy to invent a 'medically necessary' reason if someone wanted to.
7. Induced abortion has often been medically funded, such as from government and insurance companies, even when other necessary medical procedures are not funded. For example, in Ontario, Canada, abortion is fully government-funded (both the drug and surgical kinds) while an optometrist eye exam (such as for glasses) is not covered for adults aged 20 to 64.
8. Bodyparts of aborted children are thrown out or trafficked for use in medical research.
9. If you're one of the parents, even if you don't care about your child at all, since approximately half of the DNA of the child is from you, you might end up with DNA matching half of yours used in medical research or vaccine production, without your consent or knowledge.
10. Sometimes the children procured from abortions are used for medical research while still alive, sometimes in the most horrifying experiments. It's eye-opening, in terms of recognizing the humanity of the pre-born child, even in the first trimester, to watch living freshly aborted children respond to researchers poking them in this video (the introduction ends around the 3 minute and 30 second mark; it's not ethical research, but cruelty must be exposed to be stopped, and a video like this is also useful to bypass the intellectual debate to instantly show us visually that this is a human life we're dealing with).
11. All women who are considering having an abortion should know, or find out, what a developing child looks like at that age. It's just a quick internet search; without this knowledge they cannot reasonably claim to be making an informed decision.
12. All women who are considering having an abortion should understand the procedure before they decide on it.
13. Government oversight of abortion clinics has been shown to operate at a far lower standard for abortion clinics than for hospitals, apparently for political reasons, permitting some clinics to operate in extremely unsanitary (and therefore medically dangerous) ways.
14. If something 'goes wrong' in an abortion procedure administered by an abortion clinic, the time it takes to get you to a hospital can kill you, especially if the staff are reluctant to involve a third-party.
15. Even where there are legal limits to the age of the child for an abortion to be performed, often the abortionist is the only one who makes the determination, and can write down any age they decide.
16. Some children actually survive the abortion attempt and are born alive, after which they are usually left to die by exposure or even killed directly. For purely political reasons, where abortion is legal, abortion-related infanticide has usually been legally tolerated.
17. Even where babies born alive from a botched abortion procedures are allowed legal protections, since the abortionist (physician) usually has legal and supervisory authority over the other staff involved (nurses or less qualified), and since physicians have no incentive to report each other, no staff has incentive to report misdeeds of an abortionist, but rather are under considerable pressure to cooperate. Furthermore, the hospital or clinic may require all staff to commit to non-disclosure by oath or written agreement beforehand, to even be permitted to work there: I've known two people who worked in hospitals in two different countries that described how this requirement prevented them from reporting some life-threatening things they witnessed, including a baby being left to die by exposure at the physician's decision because it had down syndrome.
Here are some of the legal issues concerning abortion:
1) Morality (what is fair), is different from what is legal (what is permitted by our society's laws), especially that:
i) Legality doesn't imply goodness, so that legality must never be accepted as a moral justification for anything nor a reason to close the debate on any issue. There are many examples, such as verbal abuse or a government starting a war, of things which may be legal but may also be extremely immoral.
ii) Morality is infinitely more important than legality. Legality is temporary, and arbitrary, and flawed, based on nothing more than the wishes of whoever is making the laws and what they (or their backers) want at the time, if they even bothered to read it before voting on it. Often they are told how to vote by party leaders. Morality, in contrast, is eternal: our individual understanding of it may change (and should improve), but there is an absolute standard of it which never changes.
2) For a society to be peaceful, it's laws must be moral. Morality is based on respect for others, which put another way, is peacefulness.
3) No matter the quality of judges, lawyers, juries, police, and evidence, and all of the effort they put in (such as the arduous jury selection process), our justice system can only fail to produce good results if our laws are morally corrupt. That is why the moral quality of our laws deserves paramount focus in our society.
4) We must especially ensure that we don't legally protect serious immorality, else our law enforcement might be put to work defending the wicked while persecuting the just: for example defending or even paying abortionists while jailing peaceful abortion protestors, as has already been happening.
5) Abortion legality typically rests on recognizing the mother as a person, but not the pre-born child inside her as a person. Massacres and enslavements of humans, when historically conducted legally in human societies which recognized human rights, absolutely depended on the dehumanization of the group of humans targeted by the cruel action to first strip them of their human rights, so that the cruel action may then be legally justified. For example, in the historical drama Schindler's List (1993), the villain Amon Goeth tells his Jewish maid slave (Helen Hirsch), that she's "not a person", shortly before he brutally beats her for no reason at all.
6) Whether someone is a legal 'person' or a 'human' or not is simply a stroke of the pen of lawmakers, having nothing to do with the physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual reality. This process is so unreliable to achieve anything morally sane that presently corporations are considered human persons, under the Law, and robots have started to be recognized as citizens, while so far pre-born human lives are not legally recognized as either.
7) If we allow any part of the human population to be stripped of human rights, we condone the rest of humanity to be stripped of rights, starting with ourselves: we're all human, and there can be no logical escape from this consequence. Only when we protect the rights of all humans do we most effectively protect our own.
8) It should have been no problem to recognize the developing life inside the pregnant mother as a human person, legally and physically, because:
i) Of course, whether someone is alive or human has nothing to do with whether they are inside or outside of anything, such as a womb.
ii) We already have a branch of science dedicated to the study of life, called 'biology', which has already decided specific criteria for identifying life of any kind at any stage, which doesn't depend on a womb or even on a heartbeat. The biology of it is that human life begins at conception.
9) We are responsible for what actions we participate in, whether that is by doing them ourselves, supporting others to do them, or condoning them being done, explicitly or implicitly. This is why Amon Goeth was executed at the end of the Schindler's List (1993) movie, and why so many Nazi officers were persecuted in real life after World War 2: not because they invented persecution of Jews, but because they went along with it wholeheartedly.
10) Abortionists have been not only protected, but praised, in our society, as heroes, for morally empty political reasons. For example, probably the most effective pro-abortion activist in Canadian history has received the Order of Canada for his work in performing and promoting abortion, even though many of the abortions he performed were illegal (murder, by definition) at that time. When clear murder wins the highest honour in a society, you know it's morally bankrupt.
11) It's illogical that if a woman can have an abortion on her decision alone, that she be required to obtain the father's signature for the much kinder option of adoption. Obtaining that signature might prove difficult or impossible. In other words, some children are dying just because of how much easier we've made it to get an abortion than put the child up for adoption.
12) The moral depravity in the abortion issue has been so deep that not only have we refused to recognize pre-born human children as children, deserving human rights, we have not even recognized them at least as animals, deserving basic protections from inhumane slaughter or unnecessary abuse. Where abortion is legal, it's usually legal to kill the child by any means whatsoever, with no regard for pain and suffering of that child. A common method, starting at the 14th week of pregnancy, is physical dismemberment of the child alive, even though we know pre-born children can feel pain as early as at 13 weeks gestation.
13) Men should not be excluded from the abortion debate since they don't get pregnant, but included for the same reason: men don't have a direct personal incentive in the issue and therefore have an advantage in objectivity.
I present the following arguments against elective abortion being legal on the mother's decision alone:
1) Denying that the pre-born human life is human is hopelessly illogical and false. It is human by definition and therefore must merit legal protections worthy of human life.
2) If our society recognizes a father's rights over his child in an adoption decision, and his responsibilities for child support for children he sires, then we must recognize that he has rights in an abortion decision.
3) If we put legal restrictions on abortion, of course it shouldn't be the abortionist who gets to decide if those requirements are met or not. Where gestational age limits on abortion are in place, an unrelated physician to the abortionist should be the one to determine the age of the developing child, not the abortionist.
4) Pre-born children are the most innocent possible type of human life, and so deserve the highest legal protections (rather than the least).
5) Abortion is a critical disrespect of both the child's body and the mother's body, even if done with consent. There are some things of nature which we are just not meant to interfere with. Induced abortion is so extremely unnatural, it's shocking that it's been portrayed as so normal. It turns a woman's body into a slaughterhouse.
6) The reasons elective abortions are sought are too weak to be taken seriously when compared to what is at stake. They are almost always based simply on convenience of not wanting a baby now, rather than anything being physically wrong with the mother or child.
7) That simple convenience is accepted for ending human life in our society shows just how brutal our overtly polite society has become.
8) Abortion for convenience is so extremely selfish a choice that it shouldn't be allowed. The death sentence given the child in abortion, is far worse, and far less deserved, than whatever the inconvenience of having a child would be for the parents: it wouldn’t kill the parents to allow the baby to be born, but, of course, it kills the child to be prevented from being born.
9) Since the child's body is not the mother's body, even if the mother has complete rights over her body, she cannot, for the same reason, have all rights over her child's body, for the opposite reason: because it's not hers.
10) All children have a potential contribution of good to make to our society which is unique and possibly irreplaceable. All of the technology we enjoy today we have through some human who invented them. All of the songs we have today we have through some human who composed them. All of the literature and scripture we have today we have through some human who wrote them down. Some of the greatest contributors to our society, including Moses and Jesus, were survivors of attempts to end their lives immediately after being born (which we can take as the ancient approximation of abortion). Famous people alive today came close to being aborted. Someone might say that the things one person contributes can just as easily be done by someone else. That's not true: for example, many technologies of the past are known to be lost to us today, never being reinvented despite us knowing the end products of it. People are not interchangeable: everyone has a unique contribution to make which is permanently lost in abortion. That's why we don't allow murder.
11) As for the woman's choice, aside from rape, the right to choose is in who she chooses to have sex with and when. Once she gets pregnant, the consequences are naturally irreversible. Otherwise it's making someone bear responsibility for your choices, our society shouldn't allow.
12) Abortion assumes that life is a fault for which the penalty should be death: a twisted thinking we should not tolerate.
13) Abortion is a failure of humanity. Meanwhile in nature, mammalian mothers are typically willing to endure any sacrifice to protect their offspring, such as with the real-life story of Scarlet the cat. Perhaps we could learn something about being human from animals.
14) Abortion devalues women. Considering a mother's child as trash, especially while still in the mother's belly, is a statement against the value of the mother and father as much as the child. Society does not allow abortions where it values the life of the mother enough. For example, Adolf Hitler absolutely forbade any Aryan woman to have an abortion, but forced many non-Aryan women to have abortions. Many people see a special focus on promoting abortion today among racial minorities, even calling it a black genocide. Conversely, the Royal Family doesn't have induced abortions: their pregnancies are always announced with joy because their babies are highly valued based on the high value of society for the mother. If your unborn baby is worthless in society's estimation, it's because you are worthless, and you only confirm your own worthlessness when you kill your baby.
15) If it is illegal to kill a born baby, however much the child may be inconvenient for the mother to care for, or even if the baby was conceived in rape or incest, then it should be just as illegal to kill the same baby before birth or if born by accident during an abortion.
16) Permitting abortion for cases of rape or incest hurts the pro-life cause more than it helps. Besides ending another life, it's actually used an an argument for abortion access, that if any child can be aborted, then they can all be aborted.
17) It is inconsistent with our legal system or morality to punish children for the crimes of their parents.
18) Both medical and surgical abortions carry serious physical risks for the body of the pregnant woman who undergoes them, including possible loss of the ability to bear any children in the future. Pregnant women need to realize that although having a baby is a big life change, so is having a colonostomy, breast cancer, or dying, as a result of abortion. The life you take in abortion might be your own.
19) If your reproductive organs are damaged by abortion, the baby you aborted might be the last baby you could have ever had.
20) In my experience, it is easier to find women who regret their abortion, than to find women who regret having their baby. It's better to learn from other people's regrets, than to repeat others' mistakes in your own life. In fact, even the 'Jane Roe' of the pivotal 'Roe vs Wade' US Supreme court abortion case has had a change of heart (too bad that doesn't legally overturn the court case, even though morally it should).
21) Abortion carries long-term emotional risks for both the mother and father. For many it has seriously damaged their lives and relationships.
22) Destructive surgery is often immoral, and certainly is in the case of abortion.
23) Abortion, like suicide, can never be undone. Most other life decisions can. The seriousness of an abortion decision cannot be overstated. By this I mean not only can the child not be brought back to life, but if there is any permanent physical harm to the mother, that can't be undone, either.
24) If the child being aborted somehow survives the abortion, the mother may end up with a child deformed for life, and know that the deformity came by her own deliberate actions. This is much worse than having a child with deformities you are innocent of, much harder to explain to relatives or the child themselves, and much more inconvenient than raising the healthier child you could have had.
25) The criminalization of abortion protects not only children, but pregnant women. It's easy to see how other people might want a woman to abort her child, such as: physicians (who are paid for abortions), sex traffickers (who might see pregnancy as bad for business), rapists (who might want to cover up their crime), parents (of the pregnant woman, who might fear having to support the child), fathers (of the pre-born children, who might also fear having to support the child), and Governments (who might want to limit human population). Once someone sees a personal benefit in the mother ending her prengnacy, and if abortion is legal and accessible, then they have an incentive and opportunity to coerce that mother to get an abortion. 'Coerced abortions' or 'forced abortions', whether by society or by Government, are a a huge problem: big enough that more than half of women who have abortions report that they felt pressured by other people to have them. For this reason, abortion legality is sometimes refereed to as an 'un-choice' for women.
26) Induced abortion does not return a pregnant woman to the state she was in before she got pregnant. Even if there are no medical complication, or any guilt after the abortion, she won’t be a woman who has never been pregnant, but a woman who has had an induced abortion, and there is a big difference: never being pregnant is innocent, but not being pregnant because you killed your own developing child is serious moral wrong.
27) Many world religions frown on abortion, with potentially dire spiritual consequences (which are far more lasting than physical or legal ones). Assuming you recognize a Creator, then it's important to consider the reaction of our Creator to an abortion decision, considering that it's the Creator's own design to put developing children in their mother's womb. In one report I've read, Christ told someone that abortion "destroys the soul" and that no one can enter Heaven with a (unrepented) sin like that on their soul. As another reference, this woman had a terrifying near-death experience which touched on abortion. Even if abortion is legal by human law, is it legal (nonpunishable) by the Creator's law and can you escape that accountability? It's a sobering thought, considering that just as a developing child is dependent on the mother for life, so are we also continually dependent on the Creator for life.
28) Abortion has been reported to be used as an explicit satanic ritual sacrifice: even in the abortion clinics themselves. That might also give us clues to the spiritual implications of abortion, who this really serves, and the motivation behind some of the people and groups promoting access to abortion. It is reported that satanists don't refer to the child as a 'fetus' but as a 'baby', for purpose of these rituals, and that they have been known to dedicate the aborted babies of the clinic to Satan as sacrifices.
29) Elective abortion is always child sacrifice, whether there's a ritual to it or not. It's killing your own child for priorities (such as convenience or career or fear) which you BELIEVE are more important. That belief system may not be your formal religion, but it functions as a micro-religion within you, strong enough to kill your child for, where your top priorities function as the gods you sacrifice to.
30) If you are reading this, the only reason you're alive is that someone valued you and kept you safe while you were developing in your mother's womb. You owe to do it for someone else.
31) There is usually no requirement for women seeking an abortion to understand what it really is: not even the procedure itself, during which they may be sedated. Our society should value choice, but not allow uninformed choice on life-and-death issues.
32) Even though it involves killing human life, abortion is one of few issues which our society has pretended needs no legal boundaries whatsoever. How many other issues can you name which have no legal boundaries? Even where there is supposed freedom of speech, there are some things which are never allowed, such as to threaten someone's life. Many cities set legal limits on how high your lawn's grass may grow. Abortion should have at least some legal bounds.
33) There are some things we shouldn't be doing in the first place, so we don't need to make it safe for someone to do. The idea that making (or keeping) abortion legal protects women from unsafe abortions is like saying that making terrorism legal protects terrorists from unsafe terrorism. We shouldn't feel sorry for terrorists if they have no better equipment to use than coat-hangers, and we shouldn't feel sorry for abortionists if they have no better tools than coat-hangers. They should be prevented from using their tools, not supplied with more efficient tools, because what they're trying to do is evil.
34) A choice for abortion tramples the choice of the child. Does the child get a proxy? The Government will enforce the rights of a child abused at home if they know about it.
35) Anti-abortion laws are necessary not there to change a woman's choice for abortion, but to protect everyone else's right to choose not to participate in it. The more legal abortion has become, the more we've seen the rights of everyone else to refuse to participate in it erode. Medical professionals are under severe pressure now to provide or at least refer for abortion services, even against their conscience. This uber driver lost his job and might be sued for refusing to drive a woman to an abortion clinic for an abortion (which to a pro-life advocate is like being asked to drive the person to murder someone). Even with alternative providers readily available, conscientious objectors have been prosecuted for not participating.
36) Allowing women to unilaterally decide if their child may live or die allows them to legally extort the father or anyone else who values the child's life, as this article illustrates.
37) Abortion calls into question a radical-feminist assumption that we normally don't think about. The assumption is that a woman's body is completely hers, this thinking being the basis of the 'my body - my choice' pro-abortion argument. As that argument goes, because it's supposedly her body, any woman should have the right to arbitrarily and unilaterally decide whether or not to deliberately terminate that pregnancy at any time. Yes, it's definitely her body relative to other bodies, but is it her body relative to her child or the universe? Take, for example, the planet: if I own some land, that's my land relative to another human: mine and not theirs. But it's not mine relative to wild birds, for example, because it's their planet also and we never bought it from them. The planet is ours to use in certain ways, but morally it is increasingly obvious that it is not ours to destroy. Similarly, there are reasonable moral limits to the ownership rights we should assume over our own bodies. We didn't design them or form them or purchase them; our best scientists haven't even figured out all of how they work (including the development of the human body which abortion so contemptuously destroys). We aren't allowed to commit suicide. We don't create life, so we shouldn't think we own it. A more correct view is that a woman's body is shared between the woman and her child for the duration of the pregnancy: not just hers anymore.
38) Regarding forms of abortion where a viable child is killed on the way outside of the mother's body, or left to die after unintentionally being born alive, these prove that the abortion issue is not about a woman's rights over her body so much as whether a woman should have the legal right to kill her children or not.
39) Abortion represents a terrible loss of focus on what's most important in life. It's not good to value everything in terms of money or resources or even time. People are what's important, and elective abortion kills people for less important things.
40) Some might challenge the pregnancy of a young woman by saying that she is too young to have a child. The answer is that if she's pregnant, her body has given proof that she's a biological adult (the ability to reproduce being the biological distinction between childhood and adulthood). Legal adulthood is arbitrary.
41) Legislators show that they know the pre-born child is indeed a child by some of their laws. Many jurisdictions where deliberately induced abortion is legal also have laws which recognize that same pre-born child as a victim if killed through violent crime, even if the assailant didn't know that the mother was pregnant. For example, the 'Unborn Victims of Violence Act' of 2004 in the USA recognizes the unborn child (it doesn't use the word 'fetus' at all) as a victim if killed as a result of violent crime at any stage of that child's development (even from conception). Similarly, in the preamble of its 1989 Convention on the Rights of a Child, the United Nations demands legal protections for "the child ... before as well as after birth".
42) In practice, it is the pregnant mother who has been allowed to decide if her child has human rights or not, since she can call the child a 'victim' in violent crime but a 'fetus' in a legal abortion if she chooses it. The difference is her choice. Human rights must not be someone else's arbitrary on-the-spot decision like that.
43) Anyone who says that the pre-born life in a human pregnancy isn't human is themselves the hard evidence that they are lying, because they were once a pre-born life, and no such argument should be accepted.
44) If, as a nation, we legalize abortion, we lose our moral high ground to object to human rights abuses in other nations around the world.
45) As a society, we need to develop in morality, not just technology. A society with high technology but low or inconsistent human rights is probably the worst type of society you might live under, and such scenarios are the topic of many popular futuristic movies.
46) Abortion doesn't protect your future. It destroys it. It's not just what you achieve in life that matters, but how you achieved it. No matter what you get an abortion to achieve, it would always be tainted by who you stepped on to achieve it.
47) It seems a certainty to me that, although elective abortion may be socially accepted now, eternity will eventually point this out as an atrocity, and weigh what we did about it, and reward or punish us accordingly.
48) We should expect responsibility for sex as we do for all other actions. There are many other deliberate life-changing choices a person could make for which we expect them to be responsible, such as with: contracts we sign (which might work against us later), gambling losses (of money we might have needed), committing crimes (which often result in a prison sentence), debt (which must be repaid), narcotic use (which can harm the body and brain), to name a few. Why should we expect no responsibility for pregnancy? There are some other things our society often demands responsibility for even if it can be proven they were completely unintentional, such as with: accidents, income tax return mistakes, parking mistakes, and breaking laws you didn't even know existed. If we demand full responsibility even for these unintentional things, shouldn't we demand responsibility for consensual sex resulting in pregnancy?
49) Humans should have a right to be born as the first human right.
50) It is wrong to value one person's life over another's.
51) Having the right and ability to vote shouldn't be used to deny rights to those who do not. Otherwise it's democracy at its worst.
52) The same health aspects protected for the mother (physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and age-related) should also be protected for the child in an abortion decision.
53). Induced abortion denies the child a proper burial, since the child is then considered 'medical waste'. It goes against human dignity.
54) Our society has incorrectly framed the abortion decision about being whether the mother wants to have another child or not. The fact is that the child already exists; her decision is therefore not if there is to be another child, but what kind of life that child will have.
55) Since the child exists in a pregnancy, society also must wake up and decide what rights that being, the child, has.
55) The abortion issue calls into question a critical moral boundary as a society: how much harm we are willing to inflict on other beings to protect a perceived benefit for ourselves. As a society, we need to evolve to a point where we're not willing to do harm to any other innocent being as a means to supposedly advance ourselves, especially when that being is our own dependent child, because it would mean too much loss of our character.
Here are some suggestions in dealing with the pro-abortion 'pro-choice' movement:
1. Recognize what that movement is about:
i) It's about killing children, not women's rights over their bodies, as otherwise they would allow babies born alive to be kept alive, make it extremely easy to adopt unwanted babies, and help pregnant women facing unwanted pressure to abort to resist that pressure.
ii) It's about child sacrifice for personal benefit. Otherwise abortion wouldn't be induced to advance a woman's career or convenience.
iii) It's about deception. Otherwise the movement: wouldn't use animal terms to describe human life, would recognize the child as human, would admit that abortion is about children's rights (not women's rights), and abortion clinics would call themselves that.
iv) It's about involving as many people as possible in the killing. Otherwise those seeking abortions wouldn't try to sue service providers who won't participate in it, physicians wouldn't be obligated to perform (or refer for) the procedure against their conscience, and the government would not spend public money to promote it.
v) It's about trying to use the Law to silence truth. Otherwise it wouldn't be illegal to peacefully protest abortion, as it is in some places today.
2. Never accept any human life to be described with any de-humanizing word, such as 'fetus' or 'embryo', unless the adjective 'human' comes before them. Once you allow an animal term to be used to refer to human life, you make it logically impossible to demand human rights for that life.
3. Never accept any child to be referred to as 'illegitimate'. No child is of any less value because of something their parents did or did not do.
4. Never accept anyone calling abortion 'healthcare' (a term which attracts health care professionals, funding, and legislation to support it). Assassination isn't health care and must be stripped of public funding.
5. Make sure the child stays the subject of your abortion discussion: in particular never accept someone saying that abortion is about women's rights over their own bodies. It's about parents' rights over their child's body and you must insist on that position from the start. The very word 'abortion', meaning a termination, indicates that this is something which affects the child directly not the mother directly. This is why the abortion rights question is the same whether the impact to the mother's body is insignificant or severe, but the rights question changes dramatically if the expected outcome to the child changes at all. To accept abortion as being a women's rights issue ignores and therefore denies the child's rights completely, causing you to lose the argument before you begin simply by leading you to accept a statement which includes your defeat.
6. Beware the motivation of the pro-abortion lobby: there are just too many ways someone might see a personal benefit in having abortion legal, and deliberately corrupt their arguments to serve that incentive. If you've had an abortion, or if you're a woman who wants to keep abortion open as a legal option for yourself, or if you're a man who doesn't want to be responsible to support your child, if you're a husband who doesn't want your wife to know you made another woman pregnant, if you provide abortions as a business, or if you have done an abortion, or if you sell bodyparts from aborted children, for any of these people and more it's against their worldly personal incentive to support abortion being legally classified as 'murder'. You can't expect their arguments to be unbiased and truthful. For example, according to this article, women who have had abortions and promote others to do the same may be doing it to seek implicit approval against their own internal pain, like the story of the Fox Who Had Lost His Tail. In contrast, it's difficult to imagine pro-life advocates deriving any selfish benefit from abortion being either legal or illegal.
7. Don't allow anyone to say abortion is only a 'choice', apart from being a 'responsibility'. There is no choice without responsibility, and society normally emphasizes the 'responsibility' part in serious decisions.
8. Beware the tendency of the pro-abortion side to simply pass legislation making it illegal to share information discouraging abortion. Preventing women being informed with the information they need to make informed abortion decisions is reprehensible and only proves a determination to kill babies rather than help women.
9. Beware what they name their organizations. I can't find any abortion clinics which call themselves that; they usually use names which include words like 'women's health' or 'parenthood', even if they're just a kind of human slaughterhouse.
10. Beware what they call their movement. I have never seen or heard of a so-called 'pro-choice' advocate admit they are 'pro-abortion', or to defend the right of a woman to choose life for her pre-born child. If you don't care about defending the right of a mother to choose life for her child, but only care about defending her choice to abort, then you don't care about the 'right to choose' at all.
11. Don't rely on the News to keep you informed about changes in laws. There is typically no requirement for a Government to send a direct notification to its citizens when they change even the most basic laws, and no requirement for the news media to report those changes to the public. For example, Canada recently repealed all laws on abortion from its Criminal Code; I saw no mention of it in the news media during that time, but only discovered it by re-checking the laws myself. Up until recently there were still some laws in Canada.
12. Beware using mainstream news media sources as your perception of what issues are important today. They often put unimportant news over important news: that's why sports scores often make the front page over all the other news in the world. Abortion is important whether it's discussed in the news, or in an election cnmpaign, or not.
13. Beware using mainstream news media sources as your perception of what your election options are. See the election authority for that. Don't let someone else, not even a newspaper, narrow your options for you.
I present the following truths about politics and abortion:
1. A major flaw of the kind of democracy typical of today is that although we are encouraged to have strong opinions, and to vote, we're not encouraged to have a deeply understanding of what we based our opinions or voting decisions on. It's as if defending your right to choose is more important than the quality of your choice.
2. Ignorance is likely a major reason why abortion has been popularly supported, apparently because it happens hidden inside the womb and behind closed doors. Abortion is just too cruel for so many people to accept it knowingly, especially in the polite society of developed countries today. As evidence of my theory (that ignorance is the reason for most support of abortion legality), I offer some links to videos showing people with strong and outspoken 'pro-choice' views on abortion, but who quickly changed their minds when someone simply revealed to them what abortion actually was: first, second, third, fourth, fifth.
3. Abortion is always an election issue, even if it's not presented as an issue in a particular election. The Government must take a position on abortion, so voters cannot escape but give their consent to the abortion policy of whatever political party or candidate they vote for. It would help if you checked what that is before voting.
4. Voters have a moral responsibility for their vote. Anyone who votes for elective abortion to continue (legally and/or publicly funded) therefore supports it, and is a accomplice in the killing of those children.
5. Your single vote isn't likely to make any difference in the election outcome, but it always makes a tremendous difference to your personal moral accountability (for what you consented to with your vote). For this reason it is wiser to focus on your personal accountability first, and who wins the election second, rather than the other way.
6. Who wins an election isn't your right to decide as an individual voter, and trying to strategize it causes dangerous consequences for the quality of our democracy, such as you voting for the candidate you know is not the best because they seem to have a better chance to win. To vote for someone you know isn't the best option is traitorous and undemocratic: the best candidate in your view deserves your vote, and our democratic system depends on voters doing that, not voting based on the polls and who might win.
7. Most sickening to me is watching most self-styled pro-life voters consistently vote for abortion-permissive candidates, and so foolishly vote directly against their purpose. Lead like slaves by published pre-election opinion polls, trying to back a winner, they consistently vote for the 'least evil' person who seems to have enough support to win, instead of insisting that their vote is sacred enough to give only to the best candidates in their view. They ignore the obvious danger of being mind-controlled by the published opinion polls, and ignore the immorality of voting for what they know is evil, because they want the thrill of winning, instead of the thrill of moral innocence. Then I have to listen to them complain about evil government for another 4 to 5 years after. This pathetic strategy is the ruin of our democracy, preventing our best candidates from receiving support they morally and democratically deserve, only because they don't have enough support to win. It's circular thinking: if we would only ignore the polls and support the best candidates every time, they would have to win!
8. Our politics simply can't evolve to offer better candidates unless the best candidates we have now consistently receive support for being better. If political parties see no votes going to clearly pro-life candidates, political parties are lead to avoid offering the option. This has happened in Canada, where despite a majority of Canadians supporting the legal regulation of abortion (Canada has no abortion law), none of the six most popular political parties offered the option to voters, in the 2019 federal election, to regulate abortion in any way. When pro-life leaders see that no votes go to pro-life candidates, they have no reason to bother to run for election.
9. It is foolish to vote for any political candidate without knowing their policy on critical issues such as abortion. You must know what they stand for because you are morally responsible for approving the policy platform they publish when you vote for it.
10. It's not effective, for the pro-life cause, to vote for a candidate who professes pro-life personal beliefs without making specific promises of pro-life change they will pursue if elected to public office. Only what they actually promise voters is what they're bound to do. Otherwise they tend to not do anything with the attitude that they never promised to. If you're not sure see what they promise the other side and you'll know what side they're on.
I present the following truths about our opportunity as voters:
1. As voters, it's our job to make moral laws through our political representatives, and improve our laws as our moral understanding improves. The pro-abortion side has learned the importance of changing laws to further their goal.
2. The right to vote by secret ballot is an easy, free, anonymous, and effective tool for activism, if used wisely.
3. Governments need our vote to rule us with legitimacy. We have a power in that. That's why they encourage us to vote without encouraging us to understand.
4. There is just as much power in what we refuse to vote for, as what we vote for.
5. Elections are won by the more demanding voters rather than the more numerous ones. For example, if you will vote for anything, it won't matter much that you have the right to vote, but if you vote for only one thing, politicians will learn to serve that one thing to win your vote.
6.Pro-life voters must recognize and stop voting for abortion-permissive political candidates. If our leaders are afraid to be pro-life and clear about what they will do about it if elected, we should be equally afraid to vote for them. Them talking about their personal pro-life views or church-going isn't a reason to vote for them.
7. Where abortion is already legal, voting for complacency is a pro-abortion vote.
8. To seek the criminalization of abortion should not be portrayed as unthinkable or unreasonable. Abortion is was once illegal in many places it is legal now, and is still severely legally restricted in many places in the world. We have laws against far less important things.
9. Abortion legality has nothing to do with a woman's right to choose, but is a statement about voter's choice in their right to choose. Voters, not just pregnant women, get a choice on the abortion issue. Voters could say, concerning abortion: "My vote = My choice.".
10. Although there are other issues in each election, you should have enough moral awareness and integrity to realize that abortion is the most important one. To vote for someone who will allow abortion to continue legally but who promises a tax cut, for example, is to accept money for innocent blood.
11. If you overlook abortion to pursue any other benefit, you probably won't even get that benefit, because: a) you don't morally deserve it, and b) any candidate wicked enough to continue the slaughter of innocent children probably isn't reliable to honour their promises to you.
Here is why everyone should vote only for political parties and candidates who promise to make or keep elective abortion criminal:
1. It protects your moral innocence. If we don't resist all the ways we are pressured to somehow participate in abortion, we get caught in participating in it. Only by refusing to vote for it, even if you have to deliberately spoil your ballot for lack of a pro-life option (eg. write 'Jesus' on it), do you preserve your electoral innocence on this issue. It might sound futile, as making no difference to the final election results, but as an individual voter the final results are not yours to control, and the certain individual innocence you win by refusing to vote for any abortion-permissive candidate is a wonderful feeling to experience. Put another way, you might not be able to stop the killing, but you are able to completely separate yourself from it, which you can do easily and anonymously for free with careful control of your vote.
2. You save innocent lives. The more difficult it is to obtain an abortion, the less women will be pressured into obtaining one, and the more children will be saved.
3. It improves your character. You define your character when you start making rules of what you won't be part of, including with your vote. When you put others ahead of your own personal benefit, furthermore, you become heroic and a benefit to society.
4. it protects your own human rights. You have no moral justification to expect human rights for yourself if you won't defend human rights for the innocent. If you won't defend anyone else, don't expect someone to defend you.
5. It puts you on the right side of this atrocity in history. If you care about history, you probably wouldn't want to live through the greatest massacre of all time without being able to say that you did something to be on the right side of it. There's more to making history than watching historical movies.
6. It helps to ensure you're not ruled by a tyrant. Morality is part of every decision, and we heavily depend on the morality of our rulers to use the powers we've given them for good. If a politician shows that they don't care about innocent human life, then they can't be trusted in any other issue, and it's extremely dangerous to put them into power over everyone.
7. It helps protect the power of our civilization by protecting our population size. Population is power, in many ways, and is not necessarily tied to environmental harm. The nations with the highest population always have the greatest influence on the international stage (if all other things are equal), they have the most minds for new ideas, and many other benefits.
8. If your Government won't fund abortion, it has money for better uses. There are, obviously, much more deserving uses for that money.
9. You increase world peace. Less killing means more peace.
10. It puts control of our democracy back on the hands of voters. Are you sick of news media dictating what the 'issues' are in each election? I am, especially when they don't mention abortion. Voters are supposed to decide what each voter chooses to base their voting decision on. When we the voters hinge our voting decision on the abortion issue, we force it to be an election issue, by definition, and we don't need politician or news media permission to do this.
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