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Huntsman case prompts abortion discussion

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Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, abortion has been a popular topic for debate.
Some stress the importance of the mother’s right to decide the fate of her child, but some neglect to acknowledge that growing bundle of human existence as nothing more than developing flesh. People who tend to side with the pro-choice side of the argument fail to consider the fetus as human since it has not been born.     
Hold that thought for a moment while I interject with a different, but relevant, matter. Utah native Megan Huntsman admitted this week to police that she killed 6 of 7 babies she gave birth to over the span of a decade, one of which is believed to have been a stillborn. In a desperate and disrespectful attempt to conceal the bodies, Huntsman allegedly packaged the deceased infants in towels and plastic bags before ultimately storing them in makeshift cardboard coffins in the garage.
Her husband, Darren West, who The Independent reported had just finished a 9-year sentence for possessing chemicals to make methamphetamines, claims to have no knowledge of his estranged wife’s supposed murderous history. West also claims he is not the biological father of the babies that police believe were born between 1996 and 2006.
OK, back to abortion. The National Abortion Federation claims that 88 percent of abortions occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Some abortion supporters cite research claiming fetuses cannot feel pain until 20 weeks as a reason to defend their belief. This has led states such as Nevada to implement laws that forbid abortions after 20 weeks.
As a result, they permit the murder of a fetus under the premise that it is incapable of feeling pain. However, there is contradicting research that shows evidence of fetuses reacting to trauma within the second trimester. Discovery News published a story and cited a British study where scientists stuck needles into second-trimester fetuses and observed the release of pain-related hormones and nerve-signaling molecules. Up to this point, scientists believed a fetus at that stage was too underdeveloped to feel pain.
Clearly, there is not enough conclusive evidence to prove either side, but my inner moral compass tells me, devoid of my own experiments, that the fetus feels some sort of sensation that is most likely unpleasant.
The horrors Huntsman allegedly committed are atrocious on every level. She is a psychopathic murdering mother who does not possess one tightly-wound screw in her seemingly empty head. But if she actually killed 6 of the 7 dead infants found in her garage, I also dare to label her an abortionist.
As any sixth grader would begin a persuasive essay, allow me to defend my stance with a Merriam-Webster’s definition of abortion: the intentional expulsion of a fetus. Granted, Huntsman allegedly gave birth to her children before killing them. However, she murdered defenseless children who deserved a chance to live.
You cannot advocate the fairness of abortion and label Huntsman as a monster. She might have delivered the half dozen babies, but what she did was no different from the average abortion. Pardon the obviousness, but a fetus is a baby and a baby is a human being. When human beings are killed, that is typically considered murder. Except for some reason, our country has some distorted exclusion clause that permits the ruthless and unnecessary killing of those unborn.
Based on data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, there have been approximately 55,772,015 aborted children since Roe v. Wade. In recent years, abortions have become less frequent, which shows that more eyes have been opened to this controversial issue.
For those who argue that rape victims deserve the right to abort: it is not my place to voice my opinion because I cannot understand how difficult that situation must be. However, the National Abortion Federation states that only 1 percent of abortions are the product of rape.
Several unwilling soon-to-be mothers consider themselves financially incompetent, citing a lack of money as the reason to kill their unborn child. I wish they would consider giving the wonderful bundle of life within them up for adoption. Several states have implemented policies that allow mothers to release custody of their newborns with no questions asked.
You might have an opinion on abortion, but fetuses do, too. Unfortunately, they cannot voice theirs. To quote Su Chin, the picketing high school student in the popular film “Juno,”  “All babies want to be born. They have fingernails, you know.”
Abortion is a final solution to what can be considered a temporary problem. And if you are an abortion supporter who considers Huntman’s actions wrong, then you should reconsider your perception of murder and abortion.

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Huntsman case prompts abortion discussion