If I picked up a knife, or a syringe of poison, and stabbed somebody with it, killing them, I think everyone can agree, that is murder. Why does it matter if I do it to a person inside or outside of their mother, they are still a unique human being. I understand that pro-death advocates will say that the baby is still part of the mother, but when they are born they are still connected to their mother by the umbilical cord. So can kill the baby then without it being murder, since by the pro-death argument such physical connection means the baby is just a piece of the mother? When faced with such obvious and simple logic, all rational arguments for abortions simply break down.
Abortion is basically killing a innocent babe that is alive in it's mothers womb. People try to say that the baby isn't alive and it's totally unaware. But in reality its heart and brain are the first things to develop. Not only does the baby die but the mother feels the loss. This should automatically tell you there is something wrong with abortion. What if God decided that he didn't want you to be born and killed you? Would that be right? No of course not! So why would it make sense to justify a mother killing her baby? What if a mother had a baby prematurely and decided she didn't want it? Would that be right? I mean, some people get their babies killed at that time. For these reasons I consider abortion wrong and it is murder.
A mother has a duty to care for her children when born. If she doesn't execute this duty, she might be charged with child endangerment, negligence, child abuse, etc. Therefore, the law forces a mother "to use her body" to take care of another who cannot survive on its own - ie: the baby/child. Why do we call it a crime when a mother starves her newborn, a helpless baby that will die without the efforts of others, and then not call it a crime when the mother kills her baby inside the womb? Why do we excuse the latter as "abortion" and not call it what it is, murder? I think that abortion as an acceptable scenario is beginning to destroy the idea that a mother owes any duty to her children. If she could have murdered the child without ANY consequences when it was in her womb, why should she have to work hard to take care of it outside the womb? What changed? It is because of questions like these that I see abortion as simply a way for a person to be completely selfish and to put their needs 100% ahead of their children's needs. It is a way for people to legally murder their children so that they have easier lives.
As humans, we must consider and accept that there are opposing belief systems - which will definitely result in different opinions concerning contentious and divisive issues such as abortion.
It depends very much on the value people put on life.
As a Christian, I am definitely sure that abortion is murder. I am sure that the reader has read some of the reasons already, so I wouldn't go into it. However, to ensure that I get my point across, I have to say I do not agree with the sheer Christian dogmatism displayed on this page. Once again, I reiterate that as Christians we need to be considerate and understanding. We don't have to condone the act, but we shouldn't attack or , colloquially speaking, "bag out" people who do not have the same belief systems as ours.
Now I want to consider those who DO NOT believe in Christianity. They have no reason to believe that abortion is wrong. If the universe, and humanity, came about by random processes of nature, there surely is no reason why we should worry so much about the sanctity of life.
I'm not saying that all atheists have the immediate potential to kill - they have indefinitely recognized that human coexistence is highly beneficial for survival, growth, and development. However, fetuses don't seem to fall under that kind of category - in fact, just having the child could detract from the survival capacity of the mother. Thus, coexistence does not apply here. Thus, the extermination of the fetus is certainly justifiable.
I'm not saying that atheists are heartless and immoral - it would be foolish to convey any stereotypes or generalization when I just mentioned that humans are subjective. However, for the sake of conciseness, circumstance certainly dictates action for atheists - it does not follow a specific, straightforward, set of guidelines as Christians must and should do.
Ultimately, t is very much up to people what they should do. We live in a democratic society that has granted personal freedom - it might not necessarily lead to happiness, but we have liberty to do what we want. Christianity is allowable because of this. I stress that I do not condone abortion - but I want to learn to accept that people might have difficult circumstances (like sexual abuse) that has led to abortion. I have no right to stop them. But I can only say this: there has been so many instances where I have read or witnessed the emotional pain that women have gone through after aborting their child that I would, indefinitely, ENCOURAGE AGAINST abortion.
Nevertheless, that is my opinion.
It is up to the individual
Note: I'm still a learning, immature, naive, and developing 17 year old who gets C's for English at school.Thank you for allowing me to convey my opinions with such an inadequate technique of mine.
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." -Jeremiah 1:5
If God could hear the voice of Abel's blood crying out to Him from the ground (Genesis 4:10), do you suppose God has missed the cries of those 50,000,000 infants who've been butchered in America since 1973? Http://www.Jesus-is-savior.Com/Evils%20in%20America/Abortion%20is%20Murder/sin.Htm
It's a freaking baby, it has a head, arm, and legs. Only a disgusting evil person would think otherwise. Who actually believes life isn't created when sperm hits the egg? I thought I was taught in school that life is created once the sperm hits the egg. Only crazy Celebutards think abortion isn't murder to fit their agenda.
Abortion is the same thing as murder- this is true because murdering could easily be defined as killing somebody who does not want to be killed, or cannot speak for himself/herself. I believe that we are all born with the will to live, therefore, the baby would not want to be, because there is no other way to put it, murdered. How is it morally right, or even right in a general sense, that murder should be legal? The baby cannot speak for itself, so to me, it just seems like murder.
The definition of murder in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:
The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.
Kill (someone) unlawfully and with premeditation.
And I, personally, believe that abortions are exactly that. The umbilical cord (the fetus' life line) is cut, the fetus is then killed and dismembered. That, ladies and gentleman, is what you call murder. What if that happened to a full grown human? It would cause an outrage; the media would be all over it. Though despite that, if it is done to an unborn fetus, to some it is perfectly fine.
Murder often happens for reasons (ie: war, mafia, etc.) But with abortions, there is absolutely no reason for the death and murder of the fetus. The unborn child has done no wrong and has had its future stolen from it. Abortions literally disgust me. Whether you want the baby or not, I do not understand how you could go through with the act of murdering your child.
Abortion is murder because life begins at conception. A pregnant mother's freedom of choice over her body should not prevent her child from having a chance of life. If a woman does not want to keep her baby, she should put her baby up for adoption. Our innocent children deserve the right to life.
It makes no sense to say that the exact same child has no value and can be killed when it is inside a woman when it would be considered a child outside of her body, if it was born prematurely for example. For this reason and many others I consider abortion to be murder.
Abortion is not murder because the fetus is attached to the mother, if the mother dies so will the fetus, it is apart of her. Apart of her body until birth. Pro-Lifer’s that use the phrase “It’s a girl/boy!” Before the gender is known, what they so adamantly claim is a child, a human being, is called an ‘it’. Someone explain to me how that makes sense. You know when most people find out the gender of a baby? Around the 16th week, or around 4 months. That’s after the first trimester, which is generally also the cut off for an abortion. I find it absolute ridiculous when people say "why would you get an abortion, so many people would love to adopt that baby." There are over hundreds of thousands of children in this world just waiting to be adopted. Praying someone will go and take them into their home and love them. Are you people waiting for an invitation? Some of you say guilt, the mother will feel devastating amount of guilt. I disagree, some women may, but most definitely there are going to be a good number that do not regret it. There are girls that get abortion because their life is at stake or because of rape or other reasons. I even have a family member that had to get an abortion two years ago, not a single regret. Not everyone is going to feel like they have made a grave mistake and feel devastating amount of guilt. If you are still against abortion even though the mother's life, for example, is at stake then you are not pro-life, you value the life of an unborn fetus more than that of a living breathing woman, you are forcing her to give birth as if she was nothing more than a human incubator. You would not be pro-life in my opinion. You'd be pro-birth. I may be considered by some of you as "pro-abortion", which I disagree with. I do not think everyone should get an abortion, if I saw a pregnant woman I would not try to convince her to abort, I think if you don't wanna get an abortion, it's totally okay! I'm not gonna force you to get one. I am also not "pro-murder" as some of you may also say, I think killing someone (who is outside the womb) is terrible. I am pro-choice, as in, I think every single woman in this planet should have the choice/option to get an abortion.
Many scientists agree that abortion is not murder, so they're scientists, I think I should listen to them, plus it will go to stem cell research which is an incredibly amazing type of medical treatment. Also the unborn fetuses heart doesn't start pumping until around 5 or 6 weeks, plus the fetus could have severe birth defects and illnesses, I mean, if it's gonna grow up to be one of those people always sitting in a chair on life support and unable to talk or do anything, is that really life? No it's not. It's a good thing for the woman, and it's a good thing for medical science
Abortion is scientifically a medical procedure in which a mother terminates a fetus. To equate abortion to murder would be absolutely insane. So a man has a choice between killing a woman or a fetus, both are equivalently evil and murder? The woman has a life, dreams, family, history, possibly a job. The fetus has nothing but what it is given.
It has the potential to become a great person. It also has the potential to become a terrorist. But for all intents and purposes, that's all it has: POTENTIAL. That is why I do not see it as murder.
First we need to understand what is murder? Murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another as defined by the dictionary. Whereas abortion can be defined as the deliberate termination of a pregnancy by the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus.
Notice how the definition of murder mentions the words 'unlawful' and 'human being' and think, do these words apply to the definition of abortion too? For example, can we really say that a fetus or embryo is a human being or that abortion is against the law? The answer varies depending on your religion, country, culture and beliefs. In the USA abortion is not against the law and therefore it is a legal practice. In other countries, such as Chile, abortion is illegal, but saying you are not allowed to have abortions doesn't mean it is murder.
To truly decide if abortion is murder we have to agree on if and when a fetus/embryo is considered a human being. Once again this is a topic that is not universally agreed on, but it is determined by law that a fetus is in fact not a human being and so we can say that abortion is not murder. However there is still a large amount of the world’s population that considers a fetus/embryo a human being as long as it exists or has senses. A fetus can start to feel just before 8 weeks and can taste and smell between 11 to 15 weeks. The ability to feel pain becomes possible anywhere between 18-29 weeks.
One of the theories as to why abortion is not murder is that the fetus is a part of the mother’s body as it cannot survive on its own and that if the mother died so would the fetus. Some say that it is not murder as if the mother was in life threatening danger that she would not want to ‘murder her child’ can we really say that we would value the life of an unborn fetus over a living breathing human?
And if that women did have an abortion they would have to carry the guilt of murdering their own child for the rest of their lives or go to jail for murder?
I think abortion isn't milder but there should be limits to abortion e.g. The method used and maybe the reason.
I believe it is not murder, as the fetus is not a human being until it reaches its birth. As abortion is done before the birth of the child, it is not killing of a human being, but rather, the removal of something that would have eventually become one. My overall stance on the issue is to let the mother choose to get an abortion. Plain and simple.
How can a bunch of cells be murdered? What about women that miscarry? Are they murderers? If a women is using contraception, is she an attempted murderer? Plain and simple here folks, if a woman wants to abort the baby, she will find a way. If we don't make it legal and have safe ways for her to do it, then she could die. And it still wouldn't protect the fetus...
A woman has been raped. She has been traumatized. This innocent woman just wants this ordeal to end...But she is pregnant, and she knows that it will never end if she births the rapist's baby.
She has no other option. She goes to the abortion clinic and she has the abortion. She can finally start to see a light at the end of this dark tunnel of what has been her experience.
Then imagine a group of anti-abortion terrorists throw a tub of acid into her face.
That's what you do...And you want us to listen?
It's NOT murder because science says so. Just because it has a heartbeat, doesn't make it a living breathing, thinking person. It can't think or speak. It is called an embryo and a fetus for a reason, not a "baby." Stop saying you're "killing a baby." It's not even a fully formed baby yet. It's plain stupid. Stop throwing out science in the name of your religious beliefs.
Most of those on the pro-choice side agree that there is a stage of pregnancy where the fetus would be viable outside the womb, and could therefore be considered human. At that point, we agree that abortion would be ill-advised and wrong. Many also agree that during the first trimester the fetus could not possibly live outside the womb. Would any pro-lifers out there agree to legalized abortion if it were done during the first trimester? I have heard a few pro-lifers willing to make that kind of compromise. But the vast majority say they believe that life happens at conception, and therefore will NOT compromise. To them I say: If you won't compromise, why should we? Most people feel very strongly about abortion, one way or the other. But notice how the ones who support a person's right to choose (even the right to choose NOT to support abortion) are the only ones willing to make a compromise to ensure that the highest number of women can receive the care they need while also attempting to respect the other side's right to protect 'life'. If the pro-lifers continue to draw a line in the sand and make this an all or nothing argument, then they are going to lose the argument in the end and be very unhappy with the results.
Whether or not we should count a fetus as a person is a tricky subject. What makes a person? However, even if the fetus is a person a person does not have the right to use another person's body against their will even if they would die. If abortion is murder, then not donating your organs or bone marrow when someone else needs it to live is murder too. When artificial wombs come along then we can talk about whether that makes abortion murder and at what point in the pregnancy. It just doesn't seem like an egg is a person.