Many people who consider themselves pro-life, from political leaders to “average Joes,” hold to a “pro-life with exceptions” position. But in truth, this position is untenable, because it holds that there are certain human beings who are acceptable to kill under certain circumstances. Pro-life legislation frequently includes this false logic when it allows for exceptions to protections for preborn children of any gestational age. This means that in many cases, in states where abortion is illegal after a determined point in pregnancy, babies who meet certain “criteria” can still legally be killed. This usually includes preborn children who have received a poor diagnosis, preborn children who have been conceived in rape or incest, and preborn children whose mothers are facing health battles.
She’s either human or she’s not
Science is clear that from the moment of fertilization, a preborn human being is a human being. Whether a human zygote, an embryo, or a fetus, each is a unique human being living out her current stage of development. There is nothing in embryology textbooks that states only children conceived in loving marriages are human and worthy of protection from abortion. There is nothing that says children with medical conditions are not human. There is nothing that says a mother’s health determines her preborn baby’s humanity. There are no exceptions. Preborn children are either human or they’re not — and science proves they are.
Children with a prenatal diagnosis
When parents learn their child has been diagnosed prenatally with a health condition, they are often immediately advised to abort. Sometimes they are given just hours to make the decision, leaving absolutely no time to research their child’s diagnosis or talk to a family who has welcomed a child with the same condition. Out of complete fear, these parents are pushed into choosing abortion and as a result, suffer from the effects of abortion trauma.