Human Rights

Abortion is not a word game. It’s a human rights violation.

Weeks ago, headlines roared of the firing of The Atlantic writer, Kevin Williamson. A conservative, Williamson previously worked for the National Review. But Williamson was quickly fired when it was discovered he had tweeted that women who have abortions should have the death penalty — a tweet which he deleted later. Because of Williamson’s statements, one media outlet decided to condemn the entire pro-life movement, despite the movement’s widespread call for compassion and love toward abortion-vulnerable women. Generally left-swinging Huffington Post wasted no time in publishing a piece entitled, “There Is No Reasonable Way To Say ‘Abortion Is Murder.’

But there is.

Over the weekend, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf admitted as much when she spoke of abortion in the context of murder, making a crude joke:

He [Vice President Mike Pence] thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don’t knock it till you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you got to get that baby out of there.

Though she termed it a joke, Wolf’s disastrous comments revealed the rank truth about abortion. It is, in fact, an act of violent killing in which a baby is forcibly removed from the only place of protection she has ever known. This is true of every abortion, in every trimester of pregnancy.

There is certainly a reasonable way to say that abortion is murder or killing or a violent, brutal act: with facts. explains various ways that preborn babies are killed. Here’s what happens in a first trimester abortion, according to an OBGYN who has personally performed over one thousand abortions:

A suction, or aspiration, D&C abortion is a procedure in which a suction catheter is inserted into the mother’s uterus to extract the preborn baby. Tools are then used to scrape the lining of the uterus to remove any remaining parts. This procedure is performed during the first trimester, typically during five and thirteen weeks LMP (that is five to thirteen weeks after the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period).

So how developed in the baby during this early period? According to the most recent science, a baby’s heart may begin to beat as early as 16 days after conception, before most women even know they are pregnant. If we willfully force people’ hearts to stop beating, that is murder; it is unjust killing; it is violent brutality. And this is a fact, regardless of what any unjust law allowing for one type of taking of life may say. An unjust law doesn’t suddenly make abortion an exception from being murder. It’s really that simple and logical.

Life begins at conception; this is scientific fact. Abortion occurs when an abortionist literally sucks, pulls, or forcibly expels a human life from a woman’s womb. This page from the Endowment for Human Development is an awe-inspiring visual of the real life in the womb, and yet it also gives us a stark reminder of the reality that taking that life is an unjust killing.

READ MORE: 40 quotes from medical experts and textbooks that prove life begins at fertilization

Furthermore, as Live Action’s Inhuman investigation found, abortionists have been caught doing more than “legal” abortions — over and over:

Live Action’s undercover cameras exposed the chilling admissions of abortionists inside America’s late-term abortion industry during third trimester abortions and partial birth abortions. Although these abortionists confess to the humanity of often viable, fully developed children, they inflict inhuman and cruel abortion procedures against them.

Anyone who says a claim that abortion is murder or killing or violence is “unreasonable” is actually the most unreasonable thing at all. The facts show that abortion damages human rights, deeply — both at the personal, individual level and at the collective level as a society. That’s something we should all fear and oppose.

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