flaring emotions in America and a polarized debate on
the issue, the case can be made against abortion without
bringing religious beliefs into the argument. If you
examine American law it is clear that the unborn are
protected, meaning Roe v. Wade was an unfounded and
unlawful decision. In American law, both unborn children
and their mothers have rights that must lead one to
conclude that a fetus is a human being.
Unborn children have property rights by law. For instance,
a man can will his estate to his wife and children including
any children yet to be born of that marriage. So hypothetically,
if a pregnant womans husband died and the fortune
was left to her and her unborn child, she could have
an abortion and inherit not half, but all of the estate.
How is that not murder for financial gain? How can the
law claim that a fetus has the right to its inheritance,
but not to life itself?
In many states it is also law that attacking a pregnant
woman so as to cause the death of her unborn baby is
considered murder. If a fetus is not a life, then how
could this be considered murder? Ironically, many pro-womens
groups that vehemently support abortion-on-demand also
support such contradictory laws.
There are many other contradictory arguments from pro-choice
supporters. Many mothers claim that they can stop a
baby from crying by wrapping the baby tightly in a blanket
and holding it upside down against the mothers
stomach. They believe this trick works because as a
fetus the baby turned upside down in the womb, and that
their infant is calmed by the memory of the security
the child felt while upside down in the womb.
It is amazing that mothers believe a child will remember
something from a time when, according to abortionists,
the child was not even a person. It is contradictory
that mothers would support anothers right to kill
a child at a stage of development where they, as mothers,
admit that their own children had memories and self-awareness.
One main case for abortion is that it prevents the birth
of unwanted children. Who says they are unwanted? There
are literally millions of Americans who are unable to
have children and are willing to adopt. These children
can find homes. A typical comeback is that adoption
houses are crammed, but this is a separate problem from
abortion. Teenage mothers having children out of wedlock
is a completely different problem, caused by government
bureaucracy and welfare policies, that will never be
solved by the taking of what American law clearly establishes
as a human life. Abortion is not the answer to these
There are two exceptions to this pro-life legal precedent.
Our laws recognize the right to take a life in self-defense;
therefore, if a womans life is medically threatened
by her pregnancy she has the right to end it. She also
has the right to defend herself against rape and should
not be obligated to bear a child resulting from that
These are only a few of the inconsistencies in our legal
system. It can only be a matter of time before our own
legal experts recognize these inconsistencies and correct
the mistake of Roe v. Wade.
Fultz is a freshman history and political science major
from Indianapolis, Ind.