I received a forward from a friend at work the other day that contained a link. No description, just a blank email with a link. Here and there I get forwards from this friend and thought it’s probably another puppy playing or a funny home video clip. You know, something that stirs up a “thought giggle” – when you think, “ha, that’s funny” without really changing facial expression and then you close it out and continue on checking email. So, in order to avoid the awkwardness of not knowing what my friend is talking about when she cracks a joke referring to something that happened in the video, I click on the link to watch it.
A video starts to load and a baby is seen sitting in a bouncy seat conveying a serious, somewhat fearful look. Then, someone behind the camera makes a noise and the baby rolls over in uncontrolled hysterical laughter. I don’t usually laugh out loud at many forwards, but I exploded when watching it. The video had millions of views. After my co-workers asked me if I was alright after hearing my uncontrolled chuckles, I started to calm down and my smile started to fade as I started to think how it’s legal to kill babies if the procedure is done a mere months before the age of the babies in the video.
I thought about how very few people would argue that the lives of such adorable babies starring in these video clips should be left up to the choice of another person, so why does that logic change such a short period of time before these hilarious clips are recorded and adored by millions of people? The difference between life and death can be determined just months prior to one of these giggling babies? I started to wonder what some people might argue is the difference between a fetus – that can be killed if chosen to do so – and one of the hilarious babies I watched in the video. The only answer that came to my mind is “time.”
It seems that a lot of people and organizations are placing “time” as to why a fetus and a baby are different and that seems unrealistic because the passing of time is inevitable – no one can stop it, it is happening. Without the procedure of an abortion that fetus that can be aborted in so many places legally will in a short period of time be one of such babies adored in a video. I thought to myself, “I would like to hear someone argue that something as inevitable as the passing of time is not the only difference between a fetus and a baby in the video.” What are other differences?
Ultimately, after watching the video, I realized that a lot of the people who will laugh and think that such babies in a video are the most adorable, precious people of this earth are also the same people who believe in abortion. How do they respond when they are asked, “would an aborted baby have been one of the babies in such a video had they not been aborted?”
Stating that a fetus is different from one of the hilarious babies makes as much sense as stating that time will not pass; tomorrow we will not be one day older than today. I don’t understand how anyone argues that an aborted baby would not have grown into one of the babies starring in such a hilarious video and I think that such logic is the same as stating that the passing of time does not exist.
I finally rested upon the disturbing realization – human beings ability to justify. People can throw some kind of “less than human” words together to represent a fetus so that the option for termination can occur. Throughout history there have been other attempts when human beings take it upon themselves to determine what a human life is by conjuring up their own definition of life and the results are the most shamed periods of our existence. Overall, when watching the video of them adorable babies, it bothered me that there is this man-made separation between a baby and a fetus. I would like people to acknowledge the fact that killing a fetus is the same as filling a baby unless they can argue that the passing of time does not exist.