Abortion Speech

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With the Minister for Health, Tony Abbott's rediscovery of the son he adopted out at birth, the abortion debate has been rekindled once more. Pro-life activists have used this joyous reunion as an advertisement for adoption as well as a form of attestation against abortion. The use of the Minister's son, Daniel Abbott, as a political football has re highlighted the need to implement changes to existing family law. There can be only one acceptable stance and that must be based around a fact we all already know, murder is wrong.

Perhaps one of the strangest contradictions in law is the acceptance of the unborn as humans in some circumstances and not in others. An unborn child can own land. An unborn child can become the legal heir to a fortune. Even in other countries a pregnant female on death row cannot be executed until the birth of their baby. Yet, after being in existence for 9 months and about to make the transition from the womb to the world, a ...view middle of the document...

From the moment of conception after the sperm penetrates the egg, a new individual comes in to existence, genetically different from its mother and father. This individual must be human, and far from being part of the mother, the baby is in fact foreign tissue to the mother. The baby's immediate environment, the amniotic sac, part of the support system, the placenta and cord, are not part of the woman's body but are formed by the child and has the child's chromosomes. Coinciding with these developments is the progression of in vitro fertilization, which is now at a stage where the embryo can exist outside a human body. All of these scientific advances serve to cement that which we already know; the unborn is a separate human being. Opposition to the anti abortion movement comes from a sector known as pro-choice or pro-abortion. The main argument of this group being that choice is a right. Slogans such as, "if you can't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?" are brandished. Yes, we have the right to make certain choices but no one should have the right to decide if he or she is going to murder someone. The shortcomings of this "right to choose" argument are obvious to all but the most sightless of us. For example, if a friend came to you and suggested murdering another friend of yours would anyone in his right mind say, "I don't like the idea, but the choice is yours." No. People are trusted with freedom because they are generally trusted not to do wrong as independent individuals with moral standards. When they do wrongs, like murder, robbery or rape, we do not "trust" them by saying that such an action is acceptable just because it was all right with them. The bottom line in this argument is that abortion is pre-meditated murder of a human being. There can be no over riding rebuttal of this point. The fact that the human being's dependence will be a burden to someone gives them no right to take that human's life. None of us would think it right that we be murdered should we become seriously ill and dependant on another and so none of us can rightly believe that it is right to deprive an unborn of the most paramount of all human rights, the right to life.

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