The reality of human abortion 26

By Tom Quiner


Actual human fetus at 12 weeks

“What is this?”

I held in my hand a model of a 12 week old preborn human being, also known as a fetus, or also known as a “blob” of cells if you work for Planned Parenthood.

I was working a shift for Iowans for Life at the Iowa State Fair.

People poured by.

We engaged a generally friendly crowd on life issues. The focal point of our booth were the life sized models of the preborn at different stages of development, from 12 to 26 weeks.

Little kids loved the models. I made it a point to take the 12 week fetus and show it to kids who were four or five years old.

“What is this?” I would ask them.

The response EVERY time was, “A baby!”

I was struck by something. Either these kids are smarter than Democrats, or simply more honest. Kids at that age are without guile. Democratic politicians are defined by it.

The public policies they promote allow abortion. The public policies they oppose are those that attempt to regulate the brutal business of Big Abortion.

In a single year, nearly a million of the little guys pictured above will be inhumanely killed. They have no rights, because Democratic politicians and the judges they appoint won’t allow it.

At the least, each human abortion affects three people:

  1. The baby, who is dead.
  2. The mother who has either made the decision to kill her child, or was coerced into doing it.
  3. The father, who sometimes is the one who pressured the mom to kill her child.

This doesn’t count siblings, grandparents, friends, and the entire community who have been deprived of the gifts of a unique human person.

How are parents affected? Many, perhaps most, experience life-eroding guilt. They know in their heart they killed their child to make their own lives more convenient.

What is love? Love is willing the good of the other, in other words, to love your neighbor as yourself.

Human abortion kills the good in the other.

Love civilizes man and gives meaning to our lives.

Human abortion turns man into barbarians, stripping away any semblance of meaning to our existence.

Many of my liberal friends maintain that there are issues other than human abortion that are just as important in this political campaign. No, there aren’t. None dehumanize the United States of America more than the issue that breeds death and contempt for human dignity.

The reality of human abortion is this: it makes man less dignified than an animal.

We’re so much better than that.




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  2. I honestly believe that this will not be solved in the political arena. I pray it will but I have doubts. However, I can’t vote for a “death party”…ever. In fact, the democratic platform is so immoral that we can’t read what they stand for to our kids (Until they are older). We have major issues with the republican candidate, but not the platform.

    I have photos of my children at young ages, via ultrasound. I treasured them then as I do now. I didn’t even have the fancy 3D ultrasound but I could see what I knew- they were babies. In fact, when choosing godparents for our twins, I sent ultrasound photo invitations to the prospective godparents. After the birth, when visiting one of the families, I saw the invitation on the shelf. I said sheepishly, “Oh, I sent you the wrong photo.” After birth it was obvious I had sent her the ultrasound photo of the baby that was not her godchild. There was no confusing him for an alien.

  3. It appears that the Netherlands maintains an extremely low abortion rate through sex education and widely available family planning services.

    Do you support this, as a way of reducing abortion rates?

      • No, contraception increases the likelihood of human abortion, according survey data. When it fails, as it often does, the baby is typically unwanted and thus aborted.


        I was delighted to read you saying that there is no issue in this election more important than abortion. So you realise that no-one should vote for a man who incites “second amendment people” to “do something” about his opponent, who talks of first use of nuclear weapons in Europe and breaching NATO treaty obligations, so you have to make it about abortion.

      • Trump certainly does not represent my viewpoint in many, many respects. I do not like the man, Clare. I like Hillary even less, and disagree with her positions even more than Trump’s. If you ask me to defend Trump, I can’t on so many fronts. If you’ve been reading this blog for the past year, you know how much I opposed the man. On one of my core issues, human abortion, Trump is more in alignment with my view than anyone else. Will I vote for him? I’ll tell you one week before the election. Thanks for writing.

      • I know many conservatives who agree with you (they still won’t vote for Hillary). And I know many who will vote for him. I am going to let the campaign unfold and decide seven days ahead of election day. I believe in conservative principles. They are compassionate, logical, and tested. Hillary opposes just about every single one. Trump is more likely to sign conservative legislation into law, but no guarantees. Watch this blog as I struggle with my conscience over the next few months.

  4. That’s not reality, that’s entirely misleading. You can see genuine images of a 12 week old fetus online. If you’re going to do this kind of thing, you should do it with honesty. I think the reality might still make your same point, but the fetus looks more like a newly hatched baby bird or a tiny alien. Have a look and tell me if you truly think that’s an honest thing to do – that model is a complete lie, and you should be ashamed.

    • I did a search as you suggested; it is true that the model is more opaque and has more detail than a real human fetus. The pictures from Snopes (considered neutral) and LiveAction are similar to each other. To me, 12 weeks still “looks” human. But this only begs the question: what are using to define “human”? Looks? Many of these discussions circle back to that question, which then leads to questions of personhood. I am including the links here, but even before 12 weeks the growing organism is only human.

      Most of us here know the usual scientific arguments, so let’s short-circuit these misdirections about humanity, shall we?

      What is the heart of the issue?

      Name it.

      • Thanks for the links. My point is that the model being used above is misleading. It is simply a miniature fully formed baby, which is no a reflection of what a 12 week fetus looks like, as in your links. And as I say in my original comment, a real model fetus may still give someone pause for thought, so why exaggerate? Why lie? People should make decisions about their own lives based on facts.

        What is the heart of the issue? The heart of the issue is that in every country in the world where women cannot choose to have a safe and legal pregnancy termination, they access any resource they can, including butchering their own bodies, to end unwanted pregnancies. The heart of the issue is that a fetus has no awareness or sense of pain, and is entirely dependent on the host body of their mother for existence. They are also born yearning for that mother’s touch and love, having heard, smelt and felt their presence at key developmental times (which are beyond normal abortion limits). I don’t think anyone wins when humans attempt to force women to give birth to babies they don’t want – women harm the babies and themselves with stress chemicals, with alcohol, with drugs, and with home-made, desperate abortion tactics. How would you combat that if abortion was illegal?

      • I agree that deception on either side of the debate is wrong.

        I also agree that women and men can become desperate when faced with an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy.

        When considering the morality of an action, it is useful to ask who is affected. In this case, we both agree it is another human being (regardless of looks). In the U.S. we have well-established laws that prohibit direct intentional harm of others… except for abortion. Until the unborn are recognized as human persons, the foundational laws will remain unchanged.

        While it is true that certain people will always seek out illegal abortions, I don’t see the problem as woman against child. I see a very difficult, sometimes tragic situation that shouldn’t be made worse by killing the innocent 3rd party.

        For this reason, it is incredibly important that we continue to change hearts and assist families no matter what happens legally. The prolife movement -as a whole- does that.

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