The Penal Code of the State of California (Section 597) states that “every person who overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates, or cruelly kills any animal…and whoever…subjects any animal to the needless suffering, or inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon the animal, or in any manner abuses any animal, or fails to provide the animal with proper food, drink, or shelter or protection, or who drives, rides or otherwise uses the animal when unfit for labor, is, for each offense, guilty of a crime” punishable by imprisonment or a fine not exceeding twenty thousand dollars.
However, if a minor chooses to have an abortion, the state says that is acceptable.
California is not the only state with such grossly inconsistent laws. In fact, according to Planned Parenthood’s website, fourteen states and the District of Columbia do not require minors to obtain parental consent before destroying a fetus. And each of these states has similar animal cruelty laws to the State of California. In Hawaii, a person commits a misdemeanor when killing, without need, any animal. The exceptions to this rule? “Insects, vermin, or other pests.” Are unborn American children classified as “insects, vermin, or other pests?” In many cases, it seems so.
The moral cliff America is diving over is of grave concern. From the beginning, our Founders proclaimed that “all men are created equal” and each has the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Allowing this premeditated murder effectively denies the right to life, liberty, and happiness to our nation’s most vulnerable: the unborn.
Ironically, convicted murderers and rapists enjoy more rights than millions of unfortunate humans. Through the justice system and the appellate process, it is not uncommon for the scum of the earth to receive lighter penalties. The Constitution guarantees the right to a fair trial to all American citizens, no matter the crime. It takes years in some cases to prove the guilt or innocence of someone suspected of committing a crime. But in only a few days a woman or doctor or judge can choose to deprive an unborn baby of its right to life. These individuals can freely take the right of the child to personal liberty. They take away his right to happiness solely because pregnancy is inconvenient at that point in a woman’s life. As President Ronald Reagan once said, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.”
In the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case abortions were deemed legal out of ignorance, as the primary argument was man’s lack of knowledge as to when, specifically, life begins. Let me take a moment to clear that up.
Life begins at conception.
It is a fact that many biologists will teach to any class of biology students. When cells multiply or begin to develop, they are living.
The United States of America is the greatest country on earth. Any time an individual is up for election, you can expect to hear these words. And it is true…for the most part. The greatest country on earth, however, should not condemn premeditated murder outside of the womb but turn a blind eye to the practice inside of the womb. A woman’s privacy is not valid grounds for murdering a defenseless child.
The widespread practice of abortion is an outrageous one largely due to immaturity and reckless disregard for life other than one’s own (known commonly as selfishness). In several surveys, rape or incest only accounts for one percent of abortions. Roughly half of the women surveyed determined that the pregnancy was inconvenient, that the child was a nuisance in their otherwise carefree life. Twenty-five percent feared what others might think.
Each life has Divine purpose and humans have no authority to determine the worth of a defenseless and innocent child.
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