by FJ Rocca 7/26/15
In 1973, the Supreme Court held that abortion was legally the choice of every woman, regardless of her reasons for wanting to have an abortion. Specifically, the Court said that the only balancing argument was whether the abortion took place before or after the fetus had achieved “viability,” i.e., whether the fetus could live outside the womb. The Supreme Court based that decision upon a right of privacy they assumed was in the Constitution even though no such right is spelled out or even hinted at.
I am not a lawyer, thus, I am unbound by complex and tortuous technicalities in the law. I believe that legal technicalities, however impressive they may sound to the layman’s ear, often do nothing more than cloud pure human reason. But I am aware enough of what is so simply said in those documents from which all laws in the United States are drawn and upon which they are supposed to be fundamentally based: the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and its amendments in the Bill of Rights are among the least ambiguous and most openly clear documents ever written.
The Declaration of Independence, the first of these documents, states clearly that every human being is is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable human rights. By use of the term “Creator,” it is implicit that those rights are most certainly not conferred upon us by any government. Governments do not create human beings. Moreover, because the specific identity of our Creator is not enumerated, it does not matter whether we are created by God or Nature or some other as yet unidentified force, those inalienable rights are conferred upon us at the moment of creation. That moment cannot be at birth, because what we have become as human beings by the time of birth has already taken place in the womb. No person can be “created” nine months after conception, because conception is the actual beginning of the creative process. Furthermore, the right of privacy, upon which the Supreme Court based its decision, can only be enjoyed by an already created being.
One might argue that it is sometimes necessary to take human life. It is a social reality that people die for cause. But the reasons must be strong. For example, in cases of capital punishment, it is required by law that a capital case against a defendant be proven beyond reasonable doubt. In case of war, where great numbers of human lives are lost, it is always necessary obtain an act of Congress for approval before prosecuting that war.
No steely reasoning is necessary for abortion. Indeed, the main argument is whether the fetus is a person or merely tissue. This argument is made false in its premise by the very nature of the term “creation”. Perhaps in cases where the child is severely handicapped or will suffer if brought to term, or in cases when the life of the mother is threatened and a choice must be made whether to save the mother or the child, there may be a legitimate argument for abortion. But to declare the arbitrary right to abort an already created human being, without just cause, even by that being’s parent, is absurd and goes contrary to all decent human conscience. In fact, the dis-value of even one human life implies that life is expendable. Its reasoning destroys the foundation upon which a free country is based. Before any life is taken, including the life of a child in the womb, a case ought to be made that it is not merely desirable, but necessary.
That abortion is abhorrent is easily demonstrated by the number of its proponents who say they would personally never have an abortion, but that they support the right of other women to have one. This is clearly a contradiction. If a woman would not choose to have an abortion, it is almost inevitably because it goes against her conscience. It is logical to conclude that abortion is wrong.
The life of the child in the womb is nor the property of the parents. No one owns another person, not even a child’s parents. The mother and father may take part in the act which leads to conception, but they do not actually “create” the baby that develops in the womb. In fact, the parents merely supply the physical means that lead to conception, i.e., an egg and sperm. And because they are the agents, but not the Creators of that life, they do not possess proprietary rights to its use and disposal. And whether one believes in God or not, no human being can create life. It takes a force greater than human force to do that.
FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com. • (917 views)