Life is a Right, Not a Privilege: How the Left Redefines Abortion by Leyton Pinckney

If you were to listen to those on the left talk about abortion, you would hear that it is a “women’s health issue,” a “women’s rights issue,” or they might even say that they are “saving a child from an undesirable future.” This type of rhetoric is nothing but an effort to try and redefine what abortion truly is. Abortion is very simple; it is the intentional killing of an unborn child. It is murder, and no man or woman has the right to kill another human being. Abortion is not a women’s rights issue, it is a human rights issue. The left will say that it is all about a woman’s right to do whatever she wants with her own body, and I agree wholeheartedly that a woman should be able to what she wants to her body. The difference between doing whatever you want with your body and having an abortion is that one involves two people, not just one. I have no problem with a woman doing whatever she wants to herself, but there is a major problem when she decides to harm someone else’s body. That human life that is inside of her is another human being and no one has the right to take his or her life away. One of the things that makes our country so great is the personal freedom that we hold, yet in the United States, over 3,000 children are killed each day while 22% of all pregnancies are terminated by abortion. Where is their freedom? Where are their rights? 4 out of every 10 unplanned pregnancy results in an abortion. These numbers are staggering and should be heartbreaking to everyone who reads them. Life is not a privilege, it is a right.

If a person was completely brain-dead and in a coma, but we knew for certain that he or she would make a full recovery, would it be acceptable to kill that person while they were still in a coma? Of course not. This is no different than what is being done regarding abortion. This is not a just a political talking point. These are real, human lives that are being taken away by the thousands each and every day in our country. We cannot fix this serious issue if we continue to allow those on the left to redefine what abortion is. This is not a “pro-life” or “pro-choice” argument. It is a “pro-life” or “pro-abortion” argument. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, and I do not think any woman should have to bear a child if it is not her desire. There is always a choice before conception that determines whether one could become pregnant. Engaging in sexual interaction is a choice. That is the time when a woman has the right to do or not do with her body. Abortion is not post-conception birth control; it is murder. The argument is always made, “What about if a woman is raped?” and I say that rape is one of the worst things that a person could ever do and that any man that rapes a woman should face the harshest consequences possible. Though this is a terrible circumstance, it is the reason for less than 1% of the 40-50 million abortions that are performed each year in the world. It does not change the basic fact that abortion is killing another human being. A horrible act of rape does not justify another horrible act of murder.

Sadly, in a time where we should be fighting for human life, there are lawmakers in our country who are fighting to end lives. Rather than pursuing post-birth adoption options, Democrats are pursuing post-birth murder options. This idea that has been touted by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) is nothing short of infanticide. The Senate voted on a bill last week that would ban all post-birth abortions in America. That bill did not reach the 60-vote threshold because the Senate Democrats voted against it, including five 2020 Democratic candidates for president. There is a clear divide in our country. There are those who believe life is a right and those who believe it is a privilege. It is my prayer that as Americans we wake up and fight for the most vulnerable among us and ensure that each and every child is given the opportunity to prosper in the greatest country on earth.

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