Do You Plan to Keep This Baby?
By Judith Rose La Montagne 3/12/2020
I am old enough to remember when nearly every child was wanted by someone — if not by the birth mother, then at least by adoptive parents. True, there were some children who ended up in foster care or orphanages, but these unfortunates were generally older and the result of deaths of caregivers. Most babies were wanted, oftentimes badly, by someone either in the family or the community. In my day, a woman announcing her pregnancy received warm remarks and cries of excitement from family and friends, which was one of the joys of pregnancy. Typical remarks included:
“How wonderful! I’m so happy for you!”
“Congratulations! When is your due date?“
“That’s great! Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?”
But today, an announcement of a pregnancy is more often viewed as a catastrophe.
It was different for me. In 1976, when I strongly suspected I was pregnant, I visited my obstetrician, hoping for good news. The doctor promptly “delivered” the verdict I was hoping for. I was indeed pregnant! But before I could even rejoice, he followed up with the question “Are you planning on keeping this pregnancy?”
To say I was shocked would be an understatement. My “happy” balloon burst instantly. I don’t even recall that I answered. I fled that (S.) O. B’s office, vowing never to go back and found another doctor willing to rejoice in my pregnancy and deliver my precious little girl.
So yes, I do have a stake in overturning the current ”glorify abortion” society In America. I’m against it — both for personal and societal reasons. In consequence of loosened morals and a reluctance to suffer consequences of actions, Roe v. Wade was enacted 47 years ago under the guise of women’s rights. Because there were pregnancies involving rape, underage girls and incest, desperate pregnant women and girls sometimes sought “backstreet abortions,” and there were deaths. Though these few deaths were certainly a problem, they were nevertheless greatly overstated and could have been solved in better ways.
The push for legalizing all abortion, which soon followed, has become a growing symptom of a sick society. It was right to give women an alternative to back-street abortions, but it was and is wrong to allow abortion for the sake of convenience or selfishness.
I am especially incensed that my beloved America is one of only seven countries, (including Russia, China and North Korea) that condones abortion right up to the point of birth. If we as a country continue to magnify abortion and condone the current trend to forego marriage and family, who will be left to fund Social Security and Medicare in the future? We will soon have to deal with this conundrum that is fast catching up with us. But that is an issue for another day.
There is another far more important aspect of abortion that has not been properly addressed by pro-lifers. The natural life cycle runs from conception to the grave. An essential ingredient of life in all living beings is the brain. The question follows: Does a fetus have a brain? Of course, it does. At the other end of the lifespan, does an 80-year old have a fully functioning brain? In some cases, the answer is no. The best test of whether or not a person is alive is provided by brain wave tests, so it follows that we do not have the right to terminate any human life that produces brain waves. That is called murder. Therefore, infanticide and euthanasia should both be forbidden except under extreme circumstances.
It is now well known that the fetus is definitely a human being in an embryo that continues to develop before and after birth. In similar fashion, the body throughout its lifetime continually flows and ebbs from childhood to maturity and, finally, into old age. Shakespeare said it well. We begin life without teeth and mostly without hair. Senior citizens find out the process reverses as they begin to lose both their teeth and their hair. Life is indeed a cycle.
A baby’s cognition may be small before and after birth, but time and stimulus are all that is necessary to develop the brain of a normal child. The entire life cycle of human beings ought to be protected from womb to tomb. Referring to Shakespeare once again, I propose that if pro-abortion advocates were given the “choice” of whether “to be or not to be,” they would definitely choose life – for themselves.
Life is indeed transitory, but few would opt to shorten their time on earth. Is it our right to terminate the life of another? I don’t think so. That decision is best left to a Higher Authority.