Abortion law pro

Chancey Boyce, Reporter

Anybody scrolling through their social media feeds in the past week may have come across uproar over Alabama’s recent Human Life Protection Act, a law designed to challenge Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. It almost seemed like the entire world was exploding over the passage of the law, with pro-abortion activists flooding their social media accounts with posts deriding and condemning the law, and anti-abortion activists firing volleys of argument back at them. Abortion is such a polarizing issue that it almost seems impossible for either side of the argument to understand why the other side thinks the way it does. It is important that people who call themselves pro-choice understand the mindset that pro-life people are in when they argue banning abortion; this would make the world a better place.

Many people on the pro-abortion side of the argument are young women who believe that laws like the Human Life Protection Act are infringements on their Constitutional Right to bodily autonomy. After all, it should be the right of a woman to pursue happiness and decide when she wants to be pregnant, right? That’s too simple of a way of looking at the complex topic of abortion. First of all, in any pregnancy, there is more than one party involved. There is the mother and also the father. Both parties made the decision to commit an act that could result in a child being made, and they do not deserve any get-out-of-jail-free card that can bail them out of their situation. Pro-life advocates do not want to impose the burden of a child on just the mother, because the father is just as accountable in the case of an unwanted pregnancy. Having an unwanted pregnancy does not mean having a ruined life. When one puts their life on hold to raise a child, they can still accomplish great things by becoming a great parent and a pillar of their community.

Not only must the father be taken into account, but the innocent life of the child being aborted must be taken into account as well. One will often see emotionally distressing hypotheticals and anecdotes being thrown around in defense of abortion such as, “What if the mother was raped? Should the baby, in that case, be aborted?” In the awful and disgusting case of rape, the innocent child conceived is the last person who should be considered for the death sentence. Pro-life advocates believe that because life begins at conception, abortion is murder. If life does not begin at conception, when does it begin? When the baby’s heart starts beating? Well, that would deny personhood to anybody with a pacemaker. There’s a place where one has to draw the line. Murdering a living human being is murder, no matter how good the motive.

At the end of the day, no emotionally disturbing hypothetical can justify abortion or any other form of murder. Both mothers and fathers must be held accountable for the decisions that they make. People must take responsibility for the life they live. Otherwise, our world may be overrun by people who will never comprehend the consequences of their actions, who choose pleasure over the sacrifice and hard work that gives life meaning.