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What Are “Reproductive Rights”?

From the lowly one-celled amoeba to the amazingly complex human being, each species has been given a means to reproduce itself, thereby perpetuating its kind. God’s directive to Adam was to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” The Declaration of Independence stated that our rights are given to us by nature and nature’s God. There should be no question that every American has the right to reproduce.

Today, however,  the term “reproductive rights” refers to the process meant to halt the reproductive process before its fruition, abortion. That’s the nature of the deceiver, who comes disguised as the father of lies. Somehow, the use of the word “rights” gives false legitimacy to the practice. The only reproductive rights being violated by abortion are the rights of the unborn child. Even more importantly, the child is losing his/her God-given right to life.

Of course, the other euphemism for abortion, “pro choice”, is deceptive as well. The argument that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body causes no disagreement with most freedom-loving Americans as long as she doesn’t violate the rights of another. However, her choice to engage in sexual activity may result in an unwanted pregnancy. In that case, she will have another opportunity to exercise her pro-choice position. Will she choose marriage, adoption, single parenthood or abortion?

With the preponderance of sex education from kindergarten through high school, every woman of child bearing age should be fully aware of the activities that result in pregnancy. She should also be familar with ways to prevent it. But once conceived, the unborn baby is an individual with different DNA than either the mother or father. He/she is dependent on the mother for sustenance and protection, but that is true for all infants. Sonograms have shown babies inside the womb trying to avoid the abortionist’s instruments, which seems to imply that the natural inclination of the baby is to choose life.

Please hear this: If you’ve had an abortion, God will forgive you if you just ask Him. Get counseling if you need to. Abortion is a dangerous medical procedure, but it affects women psychologically as well. An internet search of “abortion and suicide” revealed studies that all support the claim that the abortion rate among women and girls who had an abortion was significantly greater than those who chose to have the baby. In fact, having someone to live for decreased the suicidal tendencies in that population.

If you believe that abortion is a good thing, say, “I’m for abortion,” and let’s have the debate. If you must subvert the language to make it sound like something it’s not, you must know deep inside that something is wrong with the practice. In the United States, we are aborting over a million babies a year. Is this really what  the majority of Americans want?

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About Patti Wells

I'm a concerned American. I grew up in the fifties, and came of age in the sixties, so I've seen both sides of the cultural revolution that took place in the late sixties. As a Baby Boomer, I'm part of the last generation to really know the liberty that this country has provided for its citizens. I'm the widowed mother of two adult children and a retired mathematics professor at a local community college. I lead a weekly Bible study and sing in the choir at church. I play canasta with a group of friends each week, and I enjoy sports and movies.

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