Twins and What they Mean for the Abortion Battle

Twins and What they Mean for the Abortion Battle

I recently came across an article about twins. Being a twin, I have always been fascinated by twins and how they relate to each other, especially as kids. We tend to not realize how crazy awesome it is to be born with your best friend. The article I stumbled upon was fascinating! Researchers at the University of Padova have been studying how twins relate to each other in the womb. They have discovered that twins begin to socialize with each other around 14 weeks, stroking each other and reaching out for each other (even through the uterine wall!). As I continued reading, I was hit by the notion that 14 weeks isn’t very old… so out of my curiosity I googled first trimester abortions. 14 weeks. The end of your first trimester. First trimester abortions are the most common abortions but second trimester (and in some states, third trimester) are performed every day.

Here is the typical first trimester abortion procedure:

“When you are fully relaxed, the doctor, health educator and/or doctor-in-training, will ask you to undress from the waist down and put on a patient gown. Your support person can be right next to you for the whole procedure.

During the procedure, the doctor will:

1. Use a speculum to view inside your vagina
2. Clean your vagina and cervix with gauze soaked in soap
3. Apply numbing medication to your cervix
4. Dilate your cervix, the tight opening to your uterus, with thin metal rods
5. Insert a narrow flexible tube into your uterus
6. Apply gentle suction to the other end of the tube to remove all of the pregnancy tissue

Toward the end of the procedure, you may feel a cramp that feels similar to a menstrual cramp in your uterus, as it is shrinking down to its usual size.

Most of the procedure time is spent preparing your body for the procedure. The suction portion only takes about a minute and the entire procedure takes around 15 to 20 minutes.”

“Pregnancy tissue”. Tissue. Despite the fact that we have proof of babies interacting and socializing in the womb, they are still considered just tissue. And in a matter of minutes, they’re gone.

I am all for women having rights and the right to their body. No one should be able to force you to do anything against your will. But a baby is not just part of your body. It’s a person with rights of its own. It has a personality and it hasn’t even breathed on its own yet. In fact, “new research suggests that babies began to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy — which is earlier than previously held” (Web MD). How amazing that babies begin to learn and absorb language when they are just the size of a prune!

I know that the abortion battle is a tough issue. With so many emotions on either side, so many difficult choices, and regrets, this issue may not be solved for a while. But the more we learn about the stages of pregnancies and fetal development, the more the truth shines through. And that’s all that matters.

Abortion: A Double Standard

Abortion: A Double Standard

Yesterday, a story broke out about a man who tricked his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill after finding out she was pregnant and thus causing her to miscarry the ‘unborn child’. He is now facing at least 13 years in prison under ‘the rarely used’ federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act. His now ex-girlfriend is devastated.

After reading the story, I was upset, being a strong pro-life advocate. However, I was also angry. Not angry at the boyfriend. Angry at the subjective nature of the term “child”.  To many, this woman’s ‘unborn child’ is nothing but a ‘fetus’ with no rights whatsoever. Therefore, the termination of this ‘fetus’ is the right of the women carrying it, and not against the law. But when she wants the fetus, then it is referred to as a ‘child’ and given unalienable rights. Now, we all now that the boyfriend was obviously wrong in his actions but he isn’t being charged for tricking his ex-girlfriend. He is being charged for killing an unborn child: a murder charge that carries a life sentence.

This really is a double standard. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act explicitly contains a provision excepting abortion, stating that the Act will not “be construed to permit the prosecution” “of any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf” (Title 18, Section 1841, c1).  So, according to the Act, if the woman consents then the child is not protected under the Law and neither the woman or the doctor performing the abortion can be prosecuted. The Act even defines ‘unborn child’ as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb” (Title 18, Section 1841, d).  I find it extremely hypocritical to allow a child to be terminated by his or her mother but no one else. Especially since when that child is born, the mother would be prosecuted immediately if she murdered her own child. 

I know full well the sensitivity around the topic of abortion. However, I demand for consistency under the Law. We cannot play games with an issue of this caliber. As women, we must stop this double standard on the definition of life.

Remember the Ladies?

Remember the Ladies?

For the past couple months, I have been reading posts about the supposed “War on Women”, how current politicians are so out-of-touch with the modern woman, and how women’s rights are being threatened. The primary concern at the moment is healthcare and the woman’s right to control her own body. What the world doesn’t realize is not all woman are on the left side of the argument. I for instance, do not support abortion. Yes, I have the right to my own body and my life but the life inside my womb belongs the little boy or girl I will carry one day. By giving me the right to abort a pregnancy, you are denying the right of the future generation to their’s. So please stop grouping me into your “War”. But let’s put the pro-life/pro-choice issue aside for a second. I think we, as a culture, are missing an even greater threat to women: the growing animosity between us. Women were designed by God with attributes and talents that differ greatly from our male counterparts. He made us relational, loving, and nurturing beings. Now not every woman feels like she encompasses these qualities, but whether you think so or not, it is at your very core. Women throughout history have raised the heroes of wars and the leaders of nations. We’ve banded together in support of Patriots and rallied together for the right to vote; but recently, we’ve been creating a divide between us that will have a detrimental effect on the next generation, if it hasn’t already.

We’ve suffered abuse and discrimination in the past and desperately want to be seen as the equals we are. We want to prove to the world that we are valuable. So we created the feminist movement in an attempt to show the boys that we’ve got what it takes, demanding to be taken seriously. But instead of cultivating a society of women in support of each other, we’re tearing each other apart. As we try to ‘beat the boys’ and prove our worth, we put each other down in the process. We call each other ‘ugly’ and starve our bodies to fit into some made-up image of the ideal woman. Inside, we’re empty shells of femininity. Instead of praising the uniqueness and beauty that every woman possesses, we point out each other’s flaws in our race to the top of the list of America’s Hottest Women. We chastise the world for objectifying woman and we turn around and use our bodies for personal, financial, and political gain. We play ‘stupid’ for attention and laugh at the women who study hard. We prey on the weak to make us feel strong. What has happened to us?

We’ve risen through the corporate world with much success, which is truly something to be proud of. We have women CEOs and entrepreneurs, even Secretaries of State. But while successful in that realm, we’ve put down the ladies who have chosen to stay at home, caring for our children. We call them ‘traditional’ and blame them for keeping us back instead of affirming them as they toil day after day in arguably the toughest job on the planet. All we gain from this is a larger divide between us. We’ve even botched the term “feminist”. We’ve perverted a word that was intended to bond us together and turned it into a word that divides us, tearing a hole in our collective heart. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down”. Our ‘house’ is the world we live in and we’re tearing it down brick by brick.

We’ve lost sight of who we are: a being designed by God. Perfect in every flaw. We’ve let our insecurities rule our lives instead of finding our security in our Heavenly Father. And we’ve tried to find our value in temporary things and based on mortal standards instead of recognizing our value lies in Him alone. Let’s stop the real ‘War on Women’ and start loving each other. Let’s become something our daughters can be proud of.