Late Friday night U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker of Arkansas ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a suit brought by the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of a Little Rock abortion provider, Dr. Frederick Hopkins. The four provisions of the bill in question, three of which were set to take to take effect on Tuesday were as follows:
- A ban on the procedure known as dilation and evacuation, commonly used in second trimester abortions. This procedure is also known as dismemberment abortion.
- Imposition of new restrictions regarding the disposal of fetal tissue from abortions, requiring notification of a third-party, such as the woman’s sexual partner or her parents, to determine what happens to the fetal remains. The state said the law does not require permission or notice from those third parties before an abortion and includes several provisions that ensure notice or consent is not required to dispose of the fetal remains.
- Mandates for disclosure to a woman’s partner or spouse, even if that person is no longer in her life.
- A ban on abortions based solely on the sex of the baby. The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the law’s requirement that a doctor performing the abortion first request medical records related to the entire pregnancy
The office of the Attorney General in Arkansas has indicated that AG Rutledge disagrees with the ruling and hopes it will be overturned on appeal. Reproductive rights activists have referred to these restrictions as “extreme” abortion restrictions. I pulled several photos of babies in the end of the first trimester and into the second trimester in order to emphasize the development at these stages in which the “reproductive rights” activists are advocating for abortion; however, it broke my heart and I have chosen not to share them in this venue.
In defending their position, the pro-abortion movement tends to deflect by pointing to issues of rape, incest, life of the mother and pregnancies of young children. This is simply a tactic as these reasons account for a very small percentage of abortions performed in the United States.
• 21% Inadequate finances
• 21% Not ready for responsibility
• 16% Woman’s life would be changed too much
• 12% Problems with relationships, unmarried
• 11% Too young and/or immature
• 8% Children are grown; she has all she wants
• 3% Baby has possible health problems
• <1% Pregnancy caused by rape/incest
• 4% Other
The vast majority of abortions are by women in their 20s, and women who have never been married account for approximately 1/3 of abortions performed. According to the CDC, about half of all pregnancies are unintended, and approximately 40% of those end in abortion. Abortions performed as a result of rape or incest make up less than 1% of all abortions performed in the United States. The arguments of the pro-abortion movement do not hold up to reality or statistics.
The other argument often used by the pro-abortion movement is that it is not yet a baby or human being until it leaves its mother’s womb and takes its first breath on its own. There has been a great deal of debate regarding when life begins, what we are really asking is when does that life become one deserving of protection and endowed with the unalienable rights we so cherish.
Research indicates that only three weeks and one day after fertilization a baby’s heart begins to beat. It is rare to have a positive pregnancy more than two weeks after conception. Based upon the math, in most cases, a baby’s heart will begin beating no less than eight days after a woman knows that she is pregnant, more often the heart is already beating when the pregnancy becomes known. Does a beating heart not indicate life? The fact that, that life may require some assistance for a few months before it can survive on its own should not be an issue. How often do we temporarily place patients on life support when their bodies are unable to survive on their own, does that make them any less of a human being, do they immediately lose their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Another issue that I would like to touch on is the idea that the fathers of these unborn babies are given no rights whatsoever in this decision. Yet, if a woman chooses to have the child when the father does not want it, that man is still forced to pay child support. There is absolutely no logic to this. It takes two to create that life, yet only one is afforded any decision in the matter even though if affects the life of both the mother and the father. It is all a matter of selfishness in my opinion.
When you sift through all of the rhetoric surrounding this very emotional issue, it really seems to come down to pure selfishness and a complete lack of individual responsibility. My response to the pro-abortion movement is this: yes, it is your body; yes, you have a right to choose what you do with it; you knowingly made the choice to engage in sexual activity, which has been known to result in pregnancy and therefore took on that risk/possibility of your own volition; actions have consequences and if you are going to act you should be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions; you do not have the right to end another life, stop a beating heart, simply because it interferes with your plans. Grow up, start taking responsibility for yourself and your actions and stop trying to place the blame and consequences upon others.
Abortion is not the end for anyone but the unborn child, countless women who have had abortions suffer every day as a result of that choice. But here is the good news, everybody makes mistakes and everybody makes poor choices in their lifetime; there is forgiveness to be had and you must learn to forgive yourself. Nobody can change the past, we can only live in the present and learn from our mistakes so as not to repeat them in the future. For those that are still hurting as a result of an abortion procedure, consider sharing your experience with those contemplating abortion, helping others often helps us to release our own pain and move forward.
I have included a couple of links below if you would like to see more information or statistics regarding abortion in America.