Pro-Life: In Response to Andrew Cuomo
Recently, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been strongly criticized for his decision to legalize abortion up until the day of the birth. Abortion has always been a delicate issue since Roe v. Wade (1973). Much like the debate between giving up liberty for more security and vice versa, the abortion debate questions a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body and the baby’s right to life. While abortion may be required for the mother's health or in cases where the mother was raped, in any other cases abortion should be illegal for it goes against the basis of a liberal government; it is theft of a child's opportunity to live, as well as the fact that abortion is simply unethical.
The basis of a liberal government according to John Locke and Thomas Jefferson is that a government must protect the right to life, liberty, and the right to property. Furthermore, when the government fails to protect the natural rights of its citizens, the people have the right to disband or change their government. In the case of abortion, it is a violation of life and liberty for the child. The legalization of abortion in the state of New York equals the government allowing the murder of a child. Moreover, the recent legalization of abortion takes away the child's ability to live freely, without any oppressive restrictions. Thus, in terms of a liberal government, abortion goes against two of the most fundamental rights humans have.
The pro-choice argument consists of the idea that life begins after birth. However, this argument is completely flawed. According to the American College of Pediatricians (2017), “At fertilization, the human being emerges as a whole, genetically distinct, individuated zygotic living human organism, a member of the species Homosapiens, needing only the proper environment in order to grow and develop.” Thus, human life begins at conception. Then, abortion becomes premeditated murder. If abortion was to become legal nationwide, it would be the complete normalization and acceptance of murder.
Granted, there are circumstances in which a women should be able to choose what to do with her body, in cases of rape as well as if the mother's life is in danger. However, it is pertinent to understand that in any other cases such as poor finances, not wanting responsibility of a child, not wanting to go through the pain of birth... these reasons are completely illegitimate and selfish. In the 21st century there is more accessibility to sexual protection, such as condoms, birth control, and plenty of other contraceptives to choose from. Choosing to avoid these contraceptives is a choice and people should know the consequences.
Though some may say that it is not the males’ choice to decide what a women does with her body, would you say the same thing to the abolitionist? Yes, a woman does have a right to choose what to do with her body; yet, when dealing with abortion, it is not just the woman’s body that is affected, it is another human being’s. You could argue that if the human being is in the womb, it can’t be murder. However, why should the law discriminate age? Just because the baby is in the womb, is it still not a human being? Moreover, why should a doctor be forced to partake in the killing of another human life? Doesn’t abortion go against the legal medical standard, that doctors must do everything they can to save a life?
We all come from different perspectives and we all make different choices. However, when it comes to ethics and morality, it is crucial to take abortion for what it is: murder of another human being. Considering the government's obligation to protect life, abortion goes against the founding of the US and many other liberal democracies for the fact that the government does not preserve the right to life. Yes, I agree, women should have every right to do what they want with their body. However, abortion is the killing of someone else’s body, and forces a third party to participate in something in which they may not want to do. While I am just a male college student, I believe I speak for everyone when we say murder is wrong.