What if I told you that right now, someone is choosing if you were gonna live or die. What if I told you that this choice wasn’t base on what you could or couldn’t do, what you’ve done in the past or what you would do in the future.
And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it. Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation. Someone is choosing without even knowing them, whether they are gonna live or die. That someone is their mother and that choice is abortion.
Everyday 115,000 children are dying through abortion. A hndred and fifteen thousand. That means that 5,000 children die every hour, all those lives gone. All that potential gone and all that hope and future gone.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking, “It’s not really killing after all. A fetus isn’t a child,” right? Why do we think that just because a fetus can’t talk or do what we do, it isn’t a human being yet? The word fetus comes from the Latin word meaning “young one” or “young child.” Some babies are born after only 5 months, is this baby not human? We would never say that but abortions are performed on 5 month old fetuses all the time. Or we only call them humans if they are wanted. No, fetuses are definitely humans. Knit together in their mothers wombs by their wonderful Creator, who knows them all by name. Some people might say that since abortion is legal now it doesn’t matter, it’s not our business. But if an action is unjust, it needs to be illegal and it has to be our business. And this particular law has a huge impact on our society.
In 1997, over 1 million abortions took place just in the U.S. and just last year, over 42 million abortions happened worldwide. I’d say that’s a huge impact. I know some people say that the mother has right to abort, after all her life is dramatically impacted by having a baby. But I’m asking you to think about the child’s rights, that were never given to it. No matter what rights that mother has, it doesn’t we can deny the rights of the fetus.
Talking about the mother’s choice. The mother may have had a choice – not to have unprotected sex in the first place. You must remember that with our rights and our choices come responsibilities. And we can’t take someone else’s rights away to avoid our responsibilities. At this point, I imagine the age old questions arises, “What if the mother didn’t choose to have sex, what if she was raped?” But let us look at the fact in the U.S. as an example. Only 1% of all American abortions are “hard case” categories. This includes: rape, incest and the life of the mother being in danger. One percent, that hardly justifies the disturbing volume of abortions that happen these days.
And who’s to say that abortion is the easy way out. I don’t think people understand the effect of abortions on women. I don’t have time to list the negative after effects but here are few examples the physical effects: 17% of women who’s had abortions face complications in their subsequent pregnancies. Some may not even be able to give birth at all. They are also at a greater risk of developing breast cancer if they have an abortion. But perhaps the worst effects are the emotional ones. Women who’ve had abortions tend to have mood disorders substantial enough provoke them to harm themselves. In addition, a women who’ve had abortions are five times more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol abuse. Abortion leaves a woman feeling lost and uncertain about their future. Almost 1/3 of women who’ve had abortions are dissatisfied with their decision. It certainly is not the cure all people think it is. I read a story on the Focus on the Family website, it was a girl who had an abortion. She writes,
“I had an abortion at the age of 17 and it was the worst thing that I ever did. I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you. When I tried having children, I lost three. Something happened in my cervix during the abortion.” – Sharon Osbourne
Hers is just one of the many heart wrenching stories that nobody tells these days and those same ones are the ones that we need to hear about. Thank you for taking time to think about the issue of abortion, to think about the unborn and to think about the effects of abortion on a mother. If you walk away with anything after this speech, walk away with the words of Horton. You know him, the elephant that risked his life to save that little speck. Remember him and his famous quote, “Even though you can’t see them or hear them and all. A person is still a person. No matter how small.” Thank you.
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