When Does Life Begin

Abortion is one of the most controversial topics discussed today, and should be illegal because life begins at conception, It should also be illegal because there are many risk for the women, and it should be illegal because abortion is an act of murder. Abortion should be illegal because it is taking a life that begins at conception. Scientist uses these “five characteristics to determine if a fetus is a living thing.

Living things are highly organized, all living things have an ability to acquire material and energy, all living things have the ability to respond to their environment, all living things have the ability to adapt, and all living things have the ability to reproduce.

According to this elementary definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when the sperm unites with an oocyte. From this moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to acquire material and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce” (When does Human Life Begin, 2013).

Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote” (England, Marjorie A. 1996). By the fifth to sixth week of conception the fetus is living inside the mother and is metabolizing nutrition, excreting waste, moving, sucking its thumb, growing and as early as twenty one days after conception, the baby’s heart has begun to beat and his or her own unique blood type.

“Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” ( The Democratic Hub 2009-2011).

Abortion should also be illegal because there are many risks for the women. Because of the risk involved women should not have abortions. There are physical and emotional consequences that most women may not know about. “There could be perforation of the uterus, cervical injury, infection, and retained tissue. According to the American Journal of Obs/Gyn, since most injuries go unnoticed there is a twenty five percent increase risk of the women having future problems with miscarriages, premature deliveries, and the rupture of the placenta.

Women who have an abortion put themselves at elevated risk for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that a women’s risk of breast cancer increases by thirty percent after an abortion. Ninety percent if performed after eighteen weeks and one hundred and fifty percent if the women are under the age of eighteen. There are emotional concerns also . As stated by Psychologist Wanda Franz. Ph. D she observed women reporting negative after effects from their abortions.

They reported having horrible nightmares of children in trash cans calling their names, of seeing body parts and blood, she also said that the women experienced terrible psychological pain which caused them to feel worthless because they failed at the most natural thing to a women, the roll of being a mother. “Abortion is also an expensive procedure, that cost hundreds of dollars, and most women fall below the poverty line and cannot afford the cost of an abortion and federal health plans will not pay for abortions” ( Abortion in the USA, 2011).

Abortion is murder according to Pastor E. L. Bynum who wrote this note by a physician who tells why abortion is murder. “Each abortion snuffs out an innocent human life. Tragically doctors have deceived the American public. Referring to the unknown babies as fetus, embryo, or zygote, may be scientifically correct, but does not change the fact, these little ones are little human beings, though they have been called parasites, blobs, or tissue if given about two hundred and sixty six days after conception these wee creatures emerge from their mother’s womb as human babies, not zebras, a trout, frog or an orangutan.

He also talked about rape and incest as representing the least human and most selfish act imaginable along with murder. A woman or girl abused by rape or incest should be seen promptly evaluated with compassion and treated appropriately to prevent conception. If pregnancy does occur the tragedy should not be compounded by another crime by murdering the baby. “Abortion is murder particularly and precisely because it fulfills in every respect the definition of murder, the willful, direct taking of the life of an innocent person without justification cause.

Semantics will not justify abortion, because, call it whatever you will, it is killing; it is murder” (Karrer, R. N. 2011). Facts that were stated by Michael Snyder showed that 53 million abortions were performed in the United States since Roe v Wade was decided back in 1973. and there was one very shocking study found that 86percent of all abortions are done for the sake of convenience. There are many reasons for legalized abortion, and f it should become outlawed there would be babies having babies, it is discriminatory toward women, and it can save a women’s life.

In the Cal State newspaper the Otter Realm, Valerie Hulburt published an article about Too Many Babies having Babies. If abortion was to be outlawed that would be what we would have is babies with babies. Hulburt stated in her article that in 2009 the center for disease control reported nearly 410. 000 teenage girls gave birth in the United States and nearly one third of those births were intended. Out lawing abortion is also discriminatory towards women. Anti -Abortionist laws discriminate against women of low income the most.

If women felt trapped she could be driven to dangerous self-induced or even back —alley abortions. If there was not any other alternative one might seek abortion in secret and without medical are. In the two decades before abortion was legal in the United States nearly one million women went underground each year for illegal operations. Tens of thousands either maimed or died as a result of these abortions.

Abortion can even be said to benefit a women’s health, where she might have had to risk her own life as a result to the outlawing of abortion. If safe, legal abortion was not available, more women would experience unwanted childbearing, and unwanted childbearing affects the entire family. Mothers with unwanted births suffer from higher levels of depression and lower levels of happiness than mothers without unwanted births. They spank and slap their children more often than other mothers, and spend less leisure time outside the home with their children. Lower-quality mother/child relationships are not limited to the child born as a result of the unwanted pregnancy — all the children in the family suffer” (McCormick, K. D. 2009).

In conclusion, though there are many reasons for abortion to be legalized, it should still not be legal, because life begins at conception. Biologist believes that a fetus is a living thing from conception and they use five characteristics to tell if a fetus is a living thing. There are also physical complication that could leave a women maimed or cause death. There are also psychological consequences that cause them to feel worthless as a woman because they failed at the most natural thing to a women, the role of being a mother.