T or F: Abortion is just terminating a pregnancy, not killing a child

Here’s another common “mantra” of the pro-choice movement, and what better timing then as we approach the celebration of the birth of the Christ child:

The unborn is an embryo or a fetus–just a simple blob of tissue, a product of conception–not a baby.  Abortion is just terminating a pregnancy, not killing a child.

1. Like toddler and adolescent, the terms embro and fetus do not refer to nonhumans, but to humans at particular stages of development.  The word embryo is used of any living creature at an early stage of development.  Fetus is a Latin word meaning “young one” or “little child.”

2. Semantics affect perceptions, but they do not change realities; a baby is a baby no matter what we call her.  Though fetus was once a good word that spoke of a young human being, it is now used with a subhuman connotation.  It allows the user of the word to avoid the humanizing word “baby.”  My favorite (not!) that the pro-choice crowd uses to refer to a baby is “Product of conception.”  It’s a baby.  Just look at it!

3. Prior to the earliest first-trimester abortions, the unborn already has every body part she will ever have.  At 18 days after conception the heart is forming and the eyes start to develop.  By 21 days the heart is not only beating but pumping blood throughout the body.  By 28 days the unborn has budding arms and legs.  By 30 days she has multiplied in size times 10,000.  She has a brain and blood flows through her veins.  This development continues quickly.

4. Every abortion stops a beating heart and terminates measurable brain waves. 

5. Even in the earliest abortions, the unborn child is clearly human in appearance.  If there was a window to the womb that everyone could see, no one would doubt the “humanity” of each unborn child.

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