2009 Montana Right To Life Winning Speech
by Abby Lair
Did you know that in a single year approximately 42 million abortions take place world wide? During the devastating Holocaust genocide 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis over a 10 year period. This means if we replayed the Holocaust seven times it would not be equivalent to the amount of lives taken by abortion world wide in one year. What’s ironic is the onset of this genocide was abortion. On June 26, 1935, as a way to lower the Jewish population, the Nazis passed a law allowing forced abortions on women. They did this because killing preborn children was not as obvious as killing adults, so they could start to lower the population of the Jewish people with them being oblivious to the matter. The truth is: preborn babies are human, each human life is valuable, and all humans have the right to live.
Preborn babies are human. It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception because the child is living, developing, and it has its own genetic makeup unique to itself. Conception occurs when the sperm joins with the ovum to form one cell called a zygote. In this single cell lies the blue print for every single detail of the human body: The infant’s gender, height, skin tone, hair color, eye color, and so on… No matter what, a child is a human 2 minutes after he or she is born, 10 minutes before he or she is born, or even 6 months before. The only difference is development. A preborn baby is a human maturing. Just like a 14 year old is more developed than a four year old. To further prove this point, imagine two women becoming pregnant at the same time. Seven months later one of the women gives birth to a premature, healthy baby, while the other women is still pregnant. Two more weeks pass by and both of them want to give up their babies. Why should the mother that is still pregnant be allowed to kill her baby and not the woman who has already given birth? Some people would say one has been born and the other has not, but there is only one difference between the two babies and that is their location. There is no distinction between the two infants that allows one to be killed and the other to live. In 2004 88% of all abortions, in which gestational age was reported, occurred around week 13. By then the infant’s organs, systems, as well as nerves and spinal cord are developed and functioning. The baby has everything a child has including fingernails and brain waves. It can kick, frown, swim, and grab objects. Sound familiar? They can do things humans do, and they have everything humans have, so what gives us the right to take away their life? Some believe an unborn baby is not human because it is still dependent on it’s mothers to survive. I know people who have diabetes; they are dependent on insulin to survive. Are they less human because they are dependent on it? Of course not, they are still human beings. You can’t take a baby and throw it in the street and expect it to live. Even after birth a baby is dependent on a mother, so dependency does not make a baby more or less human. A being is either human or not human, and every human’s life is precious to the world.
Never has physical perfection been mandatory for one to live, except by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and never, except the physicians in the Holocaust, has a human beings value of economic usefulness measured the extent of one’s life. Until now. Now there is abortion. According to The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, 93% of abortions are because of social reasons such as the baby is inconvenient or unwanted. Only 1% is because of rape and incest and 6% are because of possible health problems with either the mother or the child. Since this is the case, instead of abortion, the right thing to do is put the child up for adoption. This does not ruin a child’s life; it actually gives children a chance to live
In our society today, if a person were to destroy an American bald eagle’s egg or even just take it, he or she will be charged with an enormous fine and even time in jail. Yet, we are able to do the same to humans and not be punished, and actually given permission to do so by government. Thomas Jefferson once said, “The most important function of Government is to protect the lives of it’s citizens”. Is this being done today? In the United States, during 2005, an average of 1.2 million women obtained abortions. That would be 1.2 million potential doctors, inventors, ranchers, teachers, parents, and much more. Could one of them have found a cure for cancer or helped thousands of poverty-stricken people? We will never know. All human beings are of great worth. They have the right to live, and are guaranteed that right to life in our constitution.
Never, to one citizen, has the government granted the legal right to have another killed in order to solve their own personal, social, or financial problem. Can you imagine parents having their four year old put to death because they decided they did not want to have a child anymore? It would be a huge crime, but that is what’s happening with abortion except the child is less developed than a four year old. Throughout the history of the United States, a human’s right for life is clearly stated. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution declares, “No State shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”  The definition of a person is a human being, and the definition of a human is a member of the genus Homo sapiens, so a preborn baby, being human, should be guaranteed these rights. The Declaration of Independence further presses the point when it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain and unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  The Declaration visibly says these rights can not be taken away from people, but they were when abortion was legalized. Each and every human should be entitled to pursue happiness, and in order to do this, they have to have the chance to live.
A popular phrase that developed during the holocaust was “never again”. People wanted the tragedy of the Holocaust to be known so never again in a short period of ten years would 6 million lives be taken for such unjust reasons. Now, I stand before you saying, “Again.” This extreme tragedy is happening again right before our eyes. We can not ignore the cries of the unborn. We need to spread the true facts of abortion to protect valuable lives of babies and their human rights since they are unable to protect themselves.