An argument frequently made by abortion extremists is that human life only becomes “alive” after arbitrary time periods: after 15 weeks, after 24 weeks, after viability, after birth, and so forth.
Yet, numerous laws in America contradict this completely incoherent position.
Let’s start with the most obvious: under the “Unborn Victims of Violence Law” signed in 2004, the federal government “recognizes unborn children as victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of federal or military crimes of violence.”
Some states even prosecute accidental deaths of a preborn child as manslaughter – according to Michigan Auto Law: “This occurs when the trauma of a crash causes a pregnant woman to lose her pregnancy before the 20th week, resulting in the death of the embryo (before the end of the 10th week of pregnancy) or fetus (after beginning with the 11th week of pregnancy).”
Similar sentiments are echoed across numerous other legal blogs and websites. As recently as October 11, 2023, an individual was charged with “murder of an unborn child” following a driving under the influence related crash that caused a victim to suffer a miscarriage, according to WBRC News.
It’s also illegal in some states to harm a preborn child through things like drinking and smoking. According to an article from The Marshall Project, charges of this kind have been pursued in states like Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Federal law also “requires each state to have a policy on how to report and examine cases of drug-exposed newborns” according to the same source.
But what if preborn human life also had considerably less protection than say preborn Sea Turtles, Bald Eagles, and Giant Condors?
Believe it or not, that’s the case.
Sea Turtles – According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, “Sea turtles are given legal protection in the United States and its waters under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which lists the hawksbill, leatherback, Kemp’s ridley and green turtle as endangered; the loggerhead is listed as threatened. This designation makes it illegal to harm, harass or kill any sea turtles, hatchlings or their eggs.”
Bald Eagles – According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, “The Act provides criminal penalties for persons who “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or any manner, any bald eagle … [or any golden eagle], alive or dead, or any part (including feathers), nest, or egg thereof.”
Similar laws exist for migratory birds in general. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service: ““No person may take (kill), possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such bird except as may be permitted under the terms of a valid permit… Under the MBTA it is illegal to destroy a nest that has eggs or chicks in it.”
What all of this proves collectively is that any abortion laws in this nation that don’t reflect the humanity of life in the womb from about as early as 10 weeks at minimum are utterly incompatible with the laws we have for turtles, birds, or violent acts against pregnant women.
If we’re willing to move heaven and earth to protect animal eggs in their nests or use the legal system to achieve justice for a woman who loses her child in a miscarriage because of others’ negligence, why aren’t we willing to recognize life at its earliest moments?
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