The International Pro-Life (Anti-Abortion) 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."
Petition Explanation (Last Updated 15 June, 2020):
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 the truth:
1. The word 'child' includes the pre-born humans, even human 'fetuses', in its dictionary definition.
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. Pregnancy is a natural process of life-development, and is not a disease.
4. The word 'conception' means beginning, in this case of human life.
5. The words 'embryo' and 'fetus' are biological terms which are used to describe pre-born animal life, the difference between them being only their reference to earlier ('embryo') and later ('fetus') stages. Note that 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 that 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, because we allowed them to fall into an animal classification. 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 or legal execution).
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 (so-called) physician actually acts as an 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 abortion is moral where it is legal, since a 'right' can be either 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 life 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 living human body, which grows rapidly to manifest a full human anatomy.
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 gestation 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 gestation term).
9. At what point the child becomes conscious is uncertain (partly because our science doesn't 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 is killed before being removed or ejected. This is where abortion differs from surgical birth.
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 medical intervention to kill and remove the child from the mother's body).
3. 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.
4. Of induced abortions, they can be either medical (induced by pills) or surgical (induced by physical invasion).
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Bodyparts of aborted children are not only thrown out or trafficked for use in medical research, including vaccine production, normally without consent or knowledge of the parents.
8. 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).
9. 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.
10. 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 for fear of legal exposure.
11. 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.
12. 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, despite it being clear murder.
13. Abortion is not a blessing to relieve an environmental scourge of population. Although the potential threat of humans to the environment is real, it can be solved by us better managing the planet first for the benefit of humans and all peaceful life: a mission we have the technology to perform but have largely lacked the will to perform. Instead, while pretending we can't afford food for another baby, we have invested our best technology in outrageously expensive and destructive weapons we 'hope to never use'. Abortion isn't a global solution because population isn't a global problem but is a global blessing. Neither can there be world peace if we believe we have to constantly kill children to live.
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.
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 mentally recognizing the mother as a person, but not her pre-born child as a person. To be performed legally, atrocities against humans, when conducted in societies which recognize human rights, absolutely depend on the dehumanization of the group of humans targeted, to first strip them of their human status, to automatically strip them of their human rights, so that then any cruel action against them would be legal. 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. Pro-abortion advocates have incentive to be adamant to refuse to recognize any pre-born child as a 'child', because that status would immediately trigger legal protections for the child and make the service providers murderers. As long as they, apparently by naked adamant insistence, successfully bully the world to agreeing that the pre-born child is not a child, we can't expect the Law to criminalize elective abortion.
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 morally undermine our own entitlement to human rights in comparison. Only when we protect the rights of all humans do we most effectively protect our own entitlements.
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) Supporters of elective abortion could be tried for crimes against humanity, at some future date, if the political climate desired it (or in the Afterlife). 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, however 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 hunted and persecuted after World War 2 up to today: not because they invented persecution of Jews, but because they went along with it, and the fact that it was widely accepted in their society at that time is not accepted as a defense.
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, and therefore murder, by definition, at that time.
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) Not only have we refused to recognize pre-born human children as children, we have not even recognized them at least as animals, which would have won them animal-welfare protections, such as protections from inhumane slaughter (for agricultural animals), or hunting restrictions (for wild animals). Where abortion is legal, it's usually been legal to kill the child by any means whatsoever, with no regard for pain and suffering of that child, an approach which would usually would not be allowed for treatment of an animal in the same jurisdictions. For example, a common method, starting at the 14th week of pregnancy, is physical dismemberment of the child, while alive and unmedicated, even though we know pre-born children can feel pain as early as at 13 weeks gestation. If we wanted to invent the most cruel ways to kill these children, it would be difficult to invent anything more cruel than what's already the normal procedure: a sobering thought if we consider our society to be a kind one.
13) Men should not be excluded from the abortion debate because 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.
14) Abortion is not healthcare, since it is not a treatment to alleviate disease, illness, or injury. Rather it disrupts the natural health of the mother and destroys the health of the pre-born child.
15) Elective abortion shouldn't be a secret, because excessive secrecy makes abortion seem like a problem which doesn't affect us. If a parent has made an attempt to end their pre-born child's life, that's something that relatives should be informed of, including: that child (if they survive, because it's their life), the father (who should have equal rights over the child as the mother), and the siblings (who are the genetically closest relatives of the pre-born child). When we end the secrecy, we could see how abortion has affected people we know, and we would realize the urgency to form an opinion on it.
I present the following arguments against elective abortion being legal on the mother's decision alone:
1) Women have no natural option to abort their children. Induced abortion is an extremely unnatural intervention in a woman's body, and should never have been portrayed as an automatic or obvious human right.
2) A woman's natural right to choose is in whom she chooses to have sex with and when, a point which should be kept prominent in the abortion debate.
3) All choices carry responsibility, and the choice to have sex carries with it an acceptance of the chance of pregnancy.
4) Denying that the pre-born human life is human is obviously false. It is a distinct human life by definition and therefore must merit legal protections worthy of human life.
5) Performing an abortion is a direct violation of the Hippocratic oath of medical ethics, so that no one who performs an abortion is acting as a physician, because they have broken their oath. Hippocrates (of Kos, 460 – 370 BC), the 'Father of Medicine', taught this oath, which is historic for physicians to take at graduation. It contains, in its translated form, "I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion". Notice where he says "in like manner": he compares inducing abortion to giving of deadly poison. He also hints that medical knowledge can be used to kill instead of protect life, but that such an application is ethically forbidden by definition of the physician profession.
6) Rights should match responsibilities. If our society recognizes a father's responsibilities for child support for any child he sires, then we must recognize that he has rights concerning an abortion decision for any child he sires.
7) If Law is first and foremost meant to protect the innocent and vulnerable, it should first protect pre-born children: they are the most innocent and vulnerable type of human life, and so deserve the highest legal protections (rather than the least).
8) Induced abortion turns a woman's body into a slaughterhouse and no amount of makeup can change that.
9) Any concession should match the justification for that concession. If we accept rape as a justification for abortion legality, then its legality should be limited to rape only. The reasons for which elective abortions are sought are almost always weak (compared to what's at stake) and we can easily expose this by refusing to accept rape-based arguments for non-rape-based abortion legality.
10) Better if we do not allow abortion even for rape. Besides that it accepts ending human life, I have seen acceptance of rape as a justification for abortion used an an argument for all-abortion access, that if any child can be aborted, then they can all be aborted. We must not compromise our principles lest that very compromise be used to collapse them all.
11) Inconvenience should never be accepted as a reason for ending human life. 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.
12) 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.
13) 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.
14) Abortion assumes that life is a fault for which the penalty should be death: a twisted thinking we should not tolerate.
15) Abortion is a failure of humanity as a part of nature. 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.
16) 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.
17) 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 is deformed or was conceived in rape or incest, then it should be just as illegal to kill the same child before birth.
18) It is inconsistent with our legal system or morality to punish children for the crimes of their parents.
19) 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.
20) If your reproductive organs are damaged by abortion, the baby you aborted might be the last baby you could have ever had.
21) 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).
22) Abortion carries long-term emotional risks for both the mother and father. For many it has seriously damaged their lives and relationships.
23) Destructive surgery is often immoral, and certainly is in the case of abortion.
24) 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.
25) 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. Having a healthy baby may benefit your life much more than a deformed baby or a dead one.
26) The criminalization of abortion protects not only children, but pregnant women, some of whom may not want to abort, but may face tremendous pressures from other people to do so. 'Coerced abortions' (or 'forced abortions'), whether pressured by partners, relatives, society or in some countries even by Government (eg. China), are a huge problem for women: big enough that more than half of women who have abortions report that they felt pressured by other people to have them (it must be a terrible thing to subject yourself to serious and destructive surgery only because of others' pressure on you to do it). For this reason, abortion legality is a serious women's rights threat and sometimes refereed to as an 'un-choice' for women.
27) 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, and morality is forever.
28) Many world religions frown on abortion, with potentially dire and eternal spiritual consequences. 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 related to 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. The Creator could abort you.
29) 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 only 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.
30) 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 your child to.
31) 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.
32) Our society's age limits to protect children should not be relaxed for abortion. For example, in Ontario, Canada, now, there is no minimum age for a girl to provide sufficient consent for an abortion on her own, if her physician believes she understands the decision. In contrast, she must be at least 18 years of age to vote and 19 years of age to drink alcohol.
33) Abortion should have at least some legal bounds. 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. Certainly destruction of human life morally demands legal boundaries to be put in place.
34) Elective abortion doesn't need to be made safe. 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 is necessary to protect women from unsafe abortions would be like saying that making terrorism legal would protect 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. To make it easier for them to be complicit in it.
35) A choice for abortion tramples the choice of the child. Does the child get a proxy? In contrast, the Government will typically enforce rights for a child abused at home if they know about it.
36) Anti-abortion laws are necessary 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: first through us being forced to fund it (through our Government or insurance plans), and second for us losing the right to refuse to have any part of it in our employment. 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.
37) 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.
38) A mother's body is not absolutely hers. Abortion calls into question this assumption that we normally don't think about, the one that states that a woman's body is completely hers (being the basis of the 'my body - my choice' pro-abortion chant and argument), and that, supposedly, any woman should have the right to unilaterally decide whether or not to terminate any life in her at any time. That's like a landowner saying he has the right to shoot anyone or anything which walks across his land just because it's his: not only do we not allow that, but the deed of the land usually includes a higher legal ownership by the Government. The truth is, there's nothing in this world we own absolutely that no higher power has any claim over it, and we need to respect that. We didn't design, form, or pay for our bodies so it's a flawed statement to say we completely own them. A woman's body is hers relative to other people, but not relative to the universe, the Creator, or her child.
39) The child's body is not the absolute property of the mother. Even if we believe a woman has absolute rights over her own body, she cannot have the absolute rights over the child's body, and so cannot argue any right to destroy it. The abortion procedure is more about destroying the child's body than simply removing it, so it cannot be morally right to do unless the child's body is the absolute property of the mother, that no one else and no higher power has any claim. It isn't.
40) If our bodies are absolutely ours that only we may decide on them, then certainly we can never allow mandatory vaccinations or our drinking water to be medicated with fluoride by Government without our consent.
41) Abortion represents a terrible loss of wisdom for what's most important in life, to sacrifice children to serve other priorities.
42) The pregnancy of a young woman cannot be challenged 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.
43) We must not leave the definition of life to politicians. Legislators show that they know the pre-born child is indeed a child by some of the laws they craft. 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".
44) Human rights must be permanent and for someone else to decide on the spot. Yet typically 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.
45) 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. Anyone advocating for rights to be denied a human fetus should have their own rights denied since they are a also a grown-up human fetus.
46) 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.
47) 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.
48) 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.
49) It seems a certainty to me that, although elective abortion may be socially accepted now, eternity will eventually point this out as an atrocity, that someone sometime will hold us accountable for it.
50) 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?
51) Humans should have a right to be born as the first human right.
52) It is wrong to value one person's life (mother's) over another's (child's).
53) 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.
54) 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.
55). Induced abortion denies the child a proper burial, since the child is then considered 'medical waste'. It goes against human dignity; it should be considered a crime against humanity.
56) 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.
57) 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.
58) Ultimately, abortion legality and an abortion decision have nothing directly to do with what point life begins at (which is academic). They directly depend, instead, on what point love begins at, ie. at what point the new life is loved enough to be protected.
59) A society condoning elective abortion is an immediate life threat to everyone in that society, on a spiritual level first, and on a physical level following, because of the guilt of that blood. Too many people are alarmed about intrusions on our rights and freedoms, and alleged conspiracies of secret societies, and reaching for guns as the answer. God is the answer. Evil people may always be making evil plans against us, but God protects us from most of those plans, that protection being dependent on our relationship with Him, which, in turn, is heavily dependent on our moral innocence or guilt before Him. As an example, just before the Covid-19 crisis hit, I clearly remember thinking that although most people in developed countries don't seem to care to stop elective abortion, no matter the statistics or arguments, apparently because they have so much security they see no reason to care. I realized that God will cancel that security, no matter how much it is, because of that innocent blood. Then Covid-19 hit, with Government-imposed lockdowns just as worrying as the virus itself, and life in developed countries became miserable overnight. I am convinced that although God didn't send us Covid-19, He would not have allowed it to happen to us if He wasn't angry with us over our society's support of abortion. I am convinced that if we didn't have so much innocent blood on our hands, as a society, then He would have thwarted evil plans against our society at the earliest stages.
60) Choosing abortion can lead to terrible regret. I am pained by regret years later after having even said the wrong thing to someone; I can't imagine the pain of regret which could result from killing someone, especially your own child.
61) Induced abortion is contrary to the apparent will or mechanism of Nature (which uses pregancy to populate, and where animals usually protect their young), the Creator (who puts the life inside the mother), and the 'Theory of Evolution' (which relies on the drive to reproduce). Whichever one you might hold sacred, as the origin of life, abortion goes against all of them, so it can't be right.
Here are some suggestions in dealing with the so-called 'pro-choice' (pro-abortion) movement:
1. Recognize what that movement is about:
i) It's about killing children, not protecting women's rights. If it was really about protecting women, they would lobby to make it illegal to pressure pregnant women to abort, and likewise lobby to make sex-selective abortion of females illegal.
ii) It's about restricting access to information which women need to make an informed choice, rather than just any choice. For example, it's illegal to share pro-life information on abortion, within a certain distance from abortion clinics, which is when and where women most need to hear it to make an informed choice.
iii) It's about child sacrifice for personal benefits.
iv) It's about deception by world magic. Otherwise the movement wouldn't insist that we use the animal term of 'fetus' (rather than 'child') to describe pre-born human life, or "abortion" (rather than 'murder', 'homicide', or 'sacrifice'), to denote killing that child. Neither is abortion a 'right' or 'healthcare' but simply assassination, by definition, being homicide performed in secret.
Even the so-called 'pro-choice' movement is not about informed choice, doesn't defend the choice to not abort, and is really just about promoting abortion.
We must not allow them to dictate what words to use concerning abortion, or else they control the argument.
v) It's about stripping our society of God's protections, by involving the entire society as much as possible in the guilt of abortion: with not only legalization, but funding, demanding all physicians offer it, even against their conscience, and demanding no one speak against it. The more our society is complicit in abortion, the more God won't protect us, and the more Evil can do literally whatever it wants to us..
vi) It's about using any tool to promote abortion. That's why they made it illegal to criticize in certain places today, trampling our human right of free speech, while keeping it for themselves even in those same areas. That's why some countries physically force abortions, and the other countries are silent on that obvious human rights violation, as though nothing done to promote abortion, not even forced surgery, is too much.
2. Never accept someone saying that abortion is about women's rights over their own bodies. Keep focus on the child (the party most affected).
3. Beware of conflict of interest, in the pro-abortion lobby, leading them to bend their moral arguments for personal benefit. 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 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.
4. Don't accept anyone saying that abortion is only a 'choice', apart from being a 'responsibility'. There is no choice without responsibility.
Even more important is understanding how to deal with the 'pro-life' side:
1. In my experience, most 'pro-life' people are ultimately willing tolerate elective abortion being legal in society, and that's why the pro-life side hasn't won. As long as the pro-life side is willing to settle for abortion legality, and the pro-abortion side won't settle for anything less than abortion legality, then politicians have a reason to keep abortion legal.
2. In my experience, most political candidates who present themselves as being pro-life are fake and not worth supporting. Fake activist organizations help people vent frustration on an issue, up to pursuing minimal-impact goals with maximum enthusiasm, but are managed to stop short of doing anything which would cause major change. Discriminating the real activists from the fake ones is the key to unlocking a pro-life victory.
I present the following truths about politics and abortion:
1. Voters have a moral responsibility for the implied meaning of vote. It is voters' responsibility to know the policies of a political candidate before voting for them, and their performance record, because once you vote for them, you've just approved everything they publicly said they stand for, and everything they've actually done, and you're responsible for that.
2. Ignorance is likely a major reason why something so cruel as abortion has been so popularly supported. 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 deep understanding of what we have opinions on or voting for. For example, here are 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. It shows that they didn't think it important to understand what abortion was before forming an opinion on it.
3. Abortion is always an election issue, because it's not something the Government can ignore, but must take a position on it.
4. Anyone who votes for a candidate who will allow elective abortion to continue, legally and/or publicly funded, therefore supports abortion with their vote, and is morally and legally complicit 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).
7. If you see no good candidate to vote for, and you settle to vote for the 'least evil' one in your view, you have just consented to the rule of what you knew was evil, and you bear a terrible moral responsibility for that. It would have been better that you didn't vote at all.
8. The best candidate (in your view) deserves your vote, and anything less collapses the quality of our democracy. Our politics simply can't evolve to offer better candidates with better policies unless the best candidates with best policies are favored at every voting point. If political parties see no votes going to (clearly) pro-life candidates, political parties are lead to avoid offering apparently-unwanted pro-life options in the future. This has already happened in Canada, where despite a majority of Canadians wanting 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, apparently because they know that Canadian pro-life voters have a long history of voting for abortion-permissive candidates and don't hinge their vote on it.
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.
2. The right to vote by secret ballot is an easy, free, anonymous, and effective tool for activism, if used very 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 what we're voting on.
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. Where abortion is already legal, voting for complacency is a pro-abortion vote.
7. 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.
8. Abortion legality has nothing to do with a woman's right to choose, but voters' right to choose whether it should be legal or not. Voters could say, concerning abortion: "My vote = My choice.".
9. Although there are other issues in each election, you should have enough moral awareness and integrity to realize that abortion is usually the most important one in peace time.
10. 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 deliver on their promises to you.
11. It's time to realize we don't owe the pro-abortion movement anything, and stop being complicit in their evil. Even an assassin doesn't kill for free, because it's clearly not worth taking on the guilt for no benefit in return. Public support of abortion has us supporting the killing in every way, for no benefit in return, and even paying for it with our public money. We're not going to sell our souls for free, and neither is there anything worth selling our souls for, anyway.
12. Pro-life voters must recognize and stop voting for abortion-permissive political candidates, even if they proclaim pro-life personal beliefs. Although a candidate's personal beliefs are the most important thing to determine their future actions, only God knows what they actually believe, and although we can hold them to their promises, we cannot hold them to their beliefs. With anything less than specific promises of action, elected officials tend to not do anything we hoped they would, and they explain that it's because they never promised us they would, and they're right. As voters in a representative democracy, it's our job to exchange our vote only for specific promises. Would you hire a contractor solely based on what they say their personal beliefs are, or based on what they promise to do in exchange for your money?
13. There are some political candidates who are explicitly pro-life, and they deserve maximum support, not only for the Pre-born, but because people with morality that strong can be trusted to make reasonably moral decisions for the nation in every other issue. Here is an example of what a specific pro-life promise from a political candidate looks like. When we expect specific promises, politicians will learn to make them and keep them.
Here is why everyone should vote only for political parties and candidates who clearly promise to make or keep elective abortion criminal, over any personal benefit for ourselves:
1. It protects our eternal moral innocence. We are all part of history, and we all choose how we respond to the atrocities of our time: both the ones which our society condemned during our lifetime (eg. for most of us, the Jewish Holocaust), and the ones which our society accepted during our lifetime (eg. for most of us, elective abortion). Evil is always eventually exposed, and when it is, then the axe falls on whoever was a part of it, even if it's a trial in the Afterlife when your life is reviewed. If you can show you did something to oppose elective abortion, you can use that in your defense at your trial.
2. You will 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. Even just keeping up the conversation might sway someone's conscience away from having an abortion.
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, you become heroic.
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.
5. 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 to make moral decisions in any issue, and it's extremely dangerous and foolish to put them into power over you.
6. It helps protect the power of our civilization by protecting our population size. Population is power, and the most populous nations flaunt it as power.
7. It's patriotic. If you advocate killing your innocent countrymen, you're a traitor.
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. When we the voters hinge our voting decision on the abortion issue, we force it to be an election issue, by definition, whether politicians want it to be an issue or not.
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