Because we in the U.S. are supposedly entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I'd say that it is. If we kill innocent citizens, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean nothing.
If you're asking the question, "Are unborn fetuses and embryos living human?" then I invite you to listen to Jimmy Akin's podcast show, "Science Proves the Unborn are Human Beings." Or you can simply read a human development book.
If you are aware that the unborn are indeed living humans, why is it okay to kill them and not other innocent humans? If it's a matter of "choice" why can't a mother choose to kill her two-day old, five-year-old, or twelve-year-old? What's magical about emerging through the birth canal that the organism is suddenly considered a human being, and what sort of being was it the moment prior to birth?
Priests for Life has information about abortion, including videos of abortion, pictures of the instruments used in abortion, and other useful information.
Many will say, "Wait, what if the mother's life is in danger? Isn't abortion okay then?"
There was a study conducted by The International Symposium on Maternal Health, held in Dublin, Ireland. It found that no, it's never necessary to deliberately kill an unborn baby to save a mother's life. There are times when a medical procedure that saves a mother will result in the death of the unborn child (such as removing a fallopian tube that has become pathological because of an ectopic pregnancy), but deliberately killing is never necessary.
As an aside, I'd like to appeal to your humanity as you consider the question, "Can unborn fetuses feel pain?" We know for certain that they can feel pain as early as 20 weeks gestation, but there's a possibility that they can feel pain even earlier. Here are two links that can tell you more details about what is known: http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/AnandPainReport.pdf and http://www.mccl.org/unborn-babies-can-feel-pain.html .
Me, I'd err on the side of assuming they feel pain earlier than 20 weeks.
But the pain issue isn't why I'm pro-life. An unborn child is a living human being (according to science, as well as my religion), deserving the right to life.
If you're grieving because of your abortion (or, to the guys--for your wife/girlfriend's abortion), there is healing. Visit Rachel's Vineyard.
|My twins, as newborns|