Mother Teresa once said:
I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
Every year in the United States alone, more than 1,200,000 abortions are performed. About 3,300 unborn children die every day, 137 each hour, and 2 every minute.
How peaceful is our world now?
The dictionary defines abortion as the induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or fetus. That is the non-graphic explanation. This is what actually happens during suction aspiration, one of the most common abortion techniques.
The doctor inserts a tube into the pregnant woman’s body. The aspirator, which is a device for removing substances by suction, tears the child’s body apart and suctions the pieces into the tube. The body is disposed of and the procedure is done. This is the reality of the murderous practice we know as abortion.
Some people wonder why the fetus should be considered a person if they have not yet exited the womb. There is scientific proof that the fetus is alive and human. In fact, their heart starts beating 14 days after conception.
Unborn humans feel both comfort and pain in just 10 weeks. Abortion is legal at this stage of pregnancy. Let’s put things into perspective. Imagine yourself in an unborn child’s situation. You are comfortable, warm, and happy. You are excited for the future. But suddenly, you feel different. You no longer feel comfortable, warm, or happy. You are scared of what is happening to you. In just seconds, you feel an indescribable pain, one like never before. Now you feel nothing.
How could a mother intentionally allow this to happen to her child? Most mothers abort their children because of birth control failure, financial instability, or lack of interest in motherhood. Our government feels that its a mother’s choice and right to choose the fate of her child, but they fail to consider the child’s opinion. Our country needs to change it’s policy on abortion and inform mothers about what really happens during abortion, and the emotional tolls that choosing to kill your child can have on you. Mothers who choose abortion never forget their actions, and live with guilt and regret for the rest of their lives.
If we had clinics that killed people who were already born, there would be an outrage. Why does no one defend the unborn? All people, born and unborn, deserve equal protection under the law. We’re all human, aren’t we?
Editor note: This essay was submitted by a U.S. middle-school student.