Californians recently voted on Proposition 4, a measure that would have required minors to receive parental consent before seeking an abortion. Though the measure did not pass, and sparked heated debates between activists and protestors alike, millions of unborn babies were aborted and the silent genocide continued to advance.
According to The Center for Bioethical Reform, approximately 42 million abortions are committed each year, making it a total of 115,000 abortions each day. Yearly, the feticide rate is seven more times the number of people killed in the Holocaust; one every 25 seconds and the issue is seemingly swept under the rug.
Is abortion really homicide, you may ask, and what is the definition of murder? According to California Penal Code 187, “murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or fetus, with malice aforethought.”
The next section declares that the previous section” shall not apply to any person who commits an act that results in the death of a fetus if” the act is “complied with the Therapeutic Abortion Act,” and if it is committed by a “holder of a physician’s and surgeon’s certificate,” and “solicited, aided, abetted, or consented to by the mother of the fetus.”
So let me get this straight; killing a fetus, which is defined as “beyond the embryonic stage of seven to eight weeks,” is considered homicide; but one has the legal right to have an abortion up to six months of pregnancy?
According to The Alan Guttmacher Institute, in 2004, 89 percent of abortions occurred within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If it is considered homicide to kill an unborn child at eight weeks, it should also be considered homicide to abort an unborn fetus any time after eight weeks.
It is legal hypocrisy. No one has the right to define when it is or is not acceptable to murder, but we seem to leave judgment in the hands of doctors and politicians to give us the definition.
Since Roe v. Wade, there has been a huge advancements in technology. With the developments of ultrasound, one can see precisely what happens in the womb. Judge Edith Jones stated in McCorvey v. Hill that medical science “now graphically portrays, as science was unable to do 31 years ago, how a baby develops sensitivity to external stimuli and to pain much earlier than was then believed.”
In the film, “The Silent Scream,” Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an ex- abortionist, shows an 11-week-old unborn baby being aborted. The graphic video shows an in-clinic abortion done by the vacuum aspiration procedure; one of the most common abortion procedures performed today.
Using a suction tool inserted into the uterus, the suction tip of the tool latches onto the unborn baby while it is violently trying to move away from the suction. When the suction tip is attached, the abortionist pulls on it, literally tearing the unborn child apart.
At one point in the video, the unborn child’s mouth is wide open in a scream. Afterwards, the doctor uses a tool that clamps onto the head and breaks it in order to pull the contents out.
To say that an unborn child is not a human being is to overlook biological facts.
Dr. Keith L. Moore writes in “The Developing Human” that “human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote.”
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, at eight weeks the body and all major organs have been developed.
In “The Tiniest Humans,” Dr. Albert Liley, the well-known father of fetology, states, “From my clinical experience, I am convinced that unborn children are individuals and human beings who should have legal protection, and who are capable of receiving and responding to medical care.”
Everyone has a right to life, even if they are the product of rape, incest or promiscuity. If one defends equality, justice or the fair treatment of animals, one must, to an even greater extent, defend the rights of the unborn.
Becky Yeh is a junior journalism major and a contributing writer for the Daily Forty-Niner.