Explaining abortion and the meaning of life

After a heated Twitter exchange on abortion and politics, The Brenner Brief creator, editor and radio host Sara Marie Brenner shared her column My conservatarian stance on abortion, life with her readers to set the record straight.

While pro-lifers are passionate, they do not help their cause when they denigrate the argument to name-calling and attacking those who disagree with them, especially when the person with whom they arguing is pro-life. This is how liberals defend their arguments, not conservatives. There have been calls for the infighting to stop as the left takes delight in public displays of disagreement. Groupthink doesn’t allow them to go beyond the bounds of what the progressive elite tell them to believe. They cheer when we argue because they believe it brings shame to the conservative movement. If they can silence the right by shaming them, theirs will be the only voices heard, which in turn will lead to more groupthink. If our founding fathers had subscribed to this method of behavior modification, the United States of America would still be ruled by Great Britain. So when discussing issues, let’s stick to the facts and argue the merits of the issue. If you feel the need to name-call, it suggests you’re not as confident in your beliefs as you would like others to think.

This is a photo of a dad with his hands in a heart shape holding his 3 week old infants feet. "Heart feet" is frequently used by pro-life organizations as a pro-life symbol.

This is a photo of a dad with his hands in a heart shape holding his 3 week old infants feet. “Heart feet” is frequently used by pro-life organizations as a pro-life symbol.

It is important for the more moderate wing of the Republican party to understand and come to terms with the fact that those involved with the pro-life movement cannot and will not compromise when it comes to abortion. There is no middle ground for us. Life is sacred. We will be the voice for the voiceless, the defense for the defenseless.

Living beings are begotten by living beings. No living thing was ever begotten by a non-living being. This is an observable truth in nature. No rock has ever caused a plant, insect or animal to be brought to life. Each species reproduces according to its kind. So when a woman becomes pregnant, we can know with certainty she is begetting a human life. The cells in the human body are living; they consume energy and reproduce themselves through mitosis, where the mother cell evenly divides the chromosomes in its nucleus into two identical sets of nuclei, producing two daughter cells. These daughter cells then become mother cells and repeat the process This process takes place in every organ system in the human body – the skin, eyes, heart, liver, kidneys and so on – and continues from conception until death, when this cell function ceases.

However, in order to produce a new human being, two cells with half a set of chromosomes, the sperm and the egg, join their half set of chromosomes to produce one cell that now contains a whole new set of chromosomes with all the instructions it will ever need to develop into old age. A new life has been created. This new cell has its own DNA, separate from the mother in whose body this cell will reside. The only difference between this new life and you is time – time to develop, to become a fetus, a newborn, a toddler, a child, a teen, a young adult, an adult, a senior. Within a few hours, this single cell will divide by mitosis and become two. Twelve to 15 hours later, it will divide again to become four, eight, sixteen and so on. At 21 days, before a woman even knows she is pregnant, a heartbeat is detectable. By 32 days, arms and hands are developing. If the fetus were to continue to develop at this rate, it would weigh 1.5 tons when it was born! Amazingly, the instructions contained in its DNA tell it when to slow down.

Abortion destroys this life. Abortion removes half the amniotic fluid available to the growing child and replaces it with concentrated salt which burns it’s delicate skin. The baby breathes it in, swallowing it, and it poisons the baby, burning it from the inside out as well. After a painful hour or so, the child dies. Mom goes into labor and delivers the shriveled, dead baby around a day and a half later.

Abortion enters the uterus, grabs the baby’s leg or arm with a pair of forceps, and pulls it into the birth canal, except for the head, which remains in the womb. A pair of scissors or other sharp instrument is then jammed into the back of the baby’s skull. The scissors are forced apart to enlarge the wound. The scissors are then removed and a suction catheter is inserted in its place to suck the baby’s brains out of its skull. Once the head is collapsed, the body is completely removed.

Abortion dilates the cervix and pulls the child apart, limb by limb, piece by piece. Suction is used to remove any remains.

Abortion is barbaric. It is brutal. It is murder.

That a civilized society would willingly engage in such a practice defies understanding or comprehension. Not only does our society engage in abortion, it celebrates it. The Center For Reproductive Rights released a video, “Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby,” lauding the Roe v. Wade decision 40 years ago, promising to continue to fight for a woman’s right to slaughter her child. Television personality Touré Neblett used his platform on MSNBC’s The Cycle to  “thank God and country” for the abortion his girlfriend obtained years ago, which allowed him to continue to live his life as he pleased. He’s thankful a child with his blood coursing through its veins was either ripped apart piece by piece, or chemically burned to death, or simply sucked out of its mothers womb because doing so made his life easier. This is how calloused we have become.

The heart of this country is now so hard that most have bought into the lie that a life is somehow worth less than nothing if it came into being through rape or incest. Life begins at conception; this truth doesn’t change with the circumstances. Whether a woman chooses to become pregnant, fails to take birth control, is a victim of rape or incest, is carried away in the heat of the moment, the life that is created is still alive! And abortion ends that life.

Since January 22, 1973, our country has actively participated in the slaughter of 55,000,000 daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers who could have been teachers, activists, writers, television personalities, Senators, Congressmen or Congresswomen, lawyers, doctors, scientists, biologists, geologists, cashiers, janitors, people with potential and the ability to love and be loved. Even the left realizes what abortion does. Make a pro-abortion activist angry and count the seconds until they hurl a “Your mom should have aborted you” insult your way for proof that everyone intrinsically understands that the child developing in the womb is a living person.

Amanda K. Melson is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @mandita74

Amanda K. Melson is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @mandita74

Those who support the right to life, no matter the circumstances of conception, are considered radical. How could they be so heartless as to force a mother to carry the child of her rapist to term? How could they be so heartless as to force a mother who doesn’t want a child to have one? Our thinking is so twisted that we think it’s better to murder a helpless, defenseless, voiceless, innocent child than to give it life. Just because a child is unplanned does not mean it is doomed to a life devoid of love. There are parents all across America whose arms are empty and aching for the opportunity to love a child someone else doesn’t want, regardless of that child’s race, gender or ability. It is not more humane to kill that child than to give it an opportunity to reach its full potential. There are worse things in life than being unwanted, like being slaughtered in your mother’s womb.

Conservatives who are pro-life are passionately so because life is at risk. We will not compromise because there can be no compromise when a baby’s life is on the line. Instead of the moderates calling for us to quiet down, perhaps the right would be better served by recognizing why we believe this issue is so important and supporting and respecting candidates who value life. After all, if the “extremists” in the pro-life movement are wrong, who have they harmed? But if the moderates are wrong, there’s blood on their hands.

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  1. Thank you for linking to my blog post. Your post states it so well. Each life is precious and we need to do whatever we can to keep our babies safe. More writers should spread the word.


    • Thank you, Deborah. I have a passion for these unborn children and I want others to have it, too. We have to change the hearts and minds of the American people. We’re killing our future.

  2. Thank you as well for linking to my post as well. God bless you and your work.

  3. Pro-lifers must not compromise on their beliefs, but in politics you must support the person who most closely represents your point of view. In my view, the only legitimate reason for an abortion would be if the life of the mother is at stake. Then and only then should abortion be an option and a “choice”. But reality demands that we support those who are less stringent on the issue, otherwise we live with those who are so much worse and more babies die in the (false) name of freedom an privacy.

    • Is it not compromising though, to vote for someone who believes abortion in the case of rape and incest is acceptable? For 40 years, conservatives have compromised their principles and voted this way, and yet Planned Infanticide reported an increase in the number of abortions performed in 2012. One of the first voices we’ve had who refused to compromise his principles, Mourdock, was ripped by the press and his own party rushed to distance themselves from him. He is the very person we should be rushing in droves to support! He is the type of person the Republican party should be promoting, but they’re not. And the result is 40 years of killing our future. The RNC’s refusal to take a concrete stance on issues (or support candidates who do) is one of the primary reasons they lose elections (e.g., McCain, Romney).

      And for the record, when the life of the mother is at stake, I believe that decision should be a private decision left to the mother, her doctor and her Creator.

      • It is not a compromise to vote for the most pro-life candidate. 98% of abortions would end if the only exceptions were rape, incest or life of the mother. This was Ronald Reagan’s political view. What is amazing (in a distressing way) is that the U.S. Supreme Court in ruling a partial birth abortion bill unconstitutional in Nebraska a few years ago granted Constitutional protection to the abortionist who kills the baby if it is only 1/2 born. This is still the law of the land thanks to the very issue you are confronting – a political party that is afraid of its base. They wish the pro-life community would just shut up and vote for them. This is a different issue than voting for the most pro-life candidate. If the Republican party continues to distance itself from its base, it is doomed and the 2012 election supports this view.

      • Is it not compromising though, to vote for someone who believes abortion in the case of rape and incest is acceptable?

        When your choice is someone who supports abortion maybe 25% of the time, for example, versus someone who supports pro-life 99% of the time, how is it compromising to not support the person explained in the latter? Otherwise, you’re supporting status quo — with abortion illegal — if you don’t vote at all. Or, you’re for the pro-abortion person.

  4. Reblogged this on catholicboyrichard and commented:
    RICHARD’S THOUGHTS HERE–Besides the fact that the writer of this article was kind enough to link to my article regarding the pro-life movement and white (or any) men, this is also one of the sanest and clear explanations of how unscientific and unnatural abortion actually is. I repost it with both gladness and sadness–glad to share it, sad to realize it still needs sharing. Please read. And heed.

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