In a Creightonian article last week, Paul Romero argued that abortion is not a black or white issue because even if abortion were made illegal, women would still seek one out; therefore, it is best to make sure abortion is kept safe, legal and rare. But this is wrong. There is nothing complicated about the issue at all. Since abortion takes the life of an innocent, unborn child, it is always wrong and thus should be illegal.
Homicides and thefts are committed daily in spite of the fact that murder and stealing are against the law. Should we then make murder and theft legal because people do it anyway? Should we instead make laws to protect the murderers and thieves? Nonsense. We keep these practices illegal because the acts themselves are wrong. The same is true for abortion; it should be illegal because it is immoral to take an innocent life.
Now of course, I, and no one who is pro-life, desires for women to be hurt during an abortion. But, even in America today, women are killed by legal abortions. In 2010, ten women were killed during legal abortions, while no woman died during an illegal one (“When It Comes to Killing Women, Legal Abortion Beats Illegal Abortion 10-0” from Lifesite News). All this shows is that abortion, legal or illegal, is not safe for the mother. And it is far from safe for the child who will die as a result.
Additionally, though some proponents of abortion say they want abortion to be rare, their actions tell a far different story. Just a few weeks ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the most liberal abortion bill in the nation. Now in New York, abortion is legal up until birth, and the abortion can be performed by someone who is not a doctor. How is this safe or rare?
Furthermore, in Virginia, legislators also tried pushing through a bill that would allow abortion until birth. Even more disturbingly (if that is possible) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, when talking about the potential bill, said that if a woman was in labor desired an abortion, “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother” (CBN News, “Virginia’s Democrat Governor Accused of Supporting ‘Infanticide,” Would Let Babies Die Right After They’re Born).
This is where abortion ultimately leads. Once you agree to kill an unborn child in the first trimester, you will find a reason to do so in the second, and then the third, and then, as Gov. Northam holds, after birth. How can you draw a definitive line?
And, a last point for Paul Romero: contraceptives do not decrease abortion rates. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2014, over half of all women who got an abortion had been using contraceptives during the month she became pregnant (“Induced Abortion in the United States). Contraception is not the answer—making abortion illegal is.
Out of all the political debates ensuing in Washington right now, this is the most black and white issue. Since 1973, over 60 million unborn children in America have been killed. Abortion must be made illegal for both the good of the mother and the life of her child.