The other day I had posted something on Instagram saying that abortion was wrong, and how it’s sad that our culture values the lives of animals more than the lives of a human being. Someone posted a comment, disagreeing, and we continued this discussion for about 30 minutes or so.

During our convo, I said, “I don’t care what you or science says. Life immediately starts when a baby has been conceived in the womb.” I decided to take that back (well, not necessarily “take it back”, but not brush off science) and to look into what happens during conception, and when the baby begins to grow. I also read an article on how babies do feel pain when being aborted.

First, I’ll start off with what people normally say when it comes to abortion. “An abortion is just the removing a cluster of cells from the uterus.” I searched the word Cell, and here’s what I found:

  • “What is a cell?” The smallest structural and functioning unit of an organism, typically microscopic and consisting of cytoplasm and a nucleus enclosed in a membrane. Microscopic organisms typically consist of a single cell, which is either eukaryote or prokaryote. (Google definition)

Though small, cells are living and functioning organisms. In many different ways, cells are what keeps us alive. Knowing this, when a woman decides to have an abortion, she is not just having a cluster of cells removed. She is having life removed.

  • “During fertilization, the genetic material in the sperm and egg combine to create a new cell that will rapidly start dividing. The bundle of new cells is known as the blastocyst. It continues travelling down the fallopian tube toward the uterus…” babycentre.co.uk
  • “You are not actually pregnant until the blastocyst has attached itself to the wall of your uterus, where it will develop into an embryo (embryo: an unborn or unhatched offspring in the process of development.)  and placenta.” babycentre.co.uk
  • “The average egg lives up to 24 hours after release. It needs to be fertilized within this time by a sperm for a baby to be conceived. If your egg meets up with a healthy sperm on its way to the uterus, the process of creating a new life begins…” babycentre.co.uk (entire article here: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a545272/how-you-conceive )

Once this “cluster of cells” is attached to a woman’s uterus, she is pregnant. The cells and organisms in our body then begin to work and nourish/nurture the baby. Once we cut or remove anything, whether it be a plant or a baby, from its life source, we are killing it. Though the cluster of cells may not look like a baby, it is. Life has already begun as soon as the blastocyst has attached to the woman’s uterus.

Now, to address the question, “What if a woman has been raped?”, I looked into a few articles. They give a lot of information, and I even searched a few where women who were raped chose to keep their babies, and how they feel about pro-choice:

  • Women who conceived through rape:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/raped-women-who-had-their-babies-defy-pro-choice-stereotypes

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/08/keeping-her-baby-after-rape-young-woman-finds-hope-rejecting-abortion/

http://womensissues.about.com/od/rapesexualassault/a/With-Love-All-Things-Are-Possible-Keeping-Baby-After-Rape.htm

  • Information on what happens when babies are conceived, and when they are aborted (at the end, the abortion article describes how some doctors may abort. So if you don’t want to read this information as it may be hard for you to handle, I suggest you just read the top half section).

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/baby-development/#page=1

http://www.mccl.org/unborn-babies-can-feel-pain.html