All our lives we are in a state of flux. We are constantly evolving. Both in our personality and physically. Regardless of our development, one thing remains the same – we are always human. Subject. Bearers of rights that protect us against the abuse of power by the stronger. Our humanity is connected with the fact that we are alive in the world. Even if our organs fail and we only hang on machines, we do not lose this quality. We have a right to life.
But when does this life and therefore our humanity begin? With the first heartbeat? That would be in the 5th week of pregnancy, before most women even notice that they are pregnant. Or only if the unborn child could survive a premature birth outside the womb? All these characteristics are an indication that someone is alive. But they do not describe the phenomenon of life itself.
Biology has established several criteria by which it determines the existence of life. If all the characteristics or at least most of them are present, one has a living being in front of him. So what constitutes a living being?
A living being consists of at least one cell surrounded by a cell membrane. The cell is the place where biochemical life processes take place. This requires the presence of enzymes, which give the living being the necessary energy to process the reactions quickly enough. In this cell there is genetic information, so to speak the program of the cell. This program can multiply the cell and pass on or archive incoming cells. The living being is in direct contact with the environment and exchanges substances and energy with it. This is indispensable for the survival and further development of the living being. In order for this constant exchange not to get out of balance, a living being needs an internal mechanism that regulates the metabolic processes – it is also called homeostasis. An example of this is the sleep pressure that builds up during our waking hours and decreases again during sleep, thus enabling us to lead as healthy a life as possible.
Another characteristic of a living being is that it is constantly growing and reacts to changes in its environment through mutations in the information carrier. In the course of its reproduction, the altered genetic information is passed on to its offspring. This is the expression of their will to continue living at least in their offspring.
The fertilized egg cell on the first day is therefore also life. It fulfils all the characteristics that biology sets up for the presence of life. But the same applies to human stem cells, bacteria, tumors. Nobody argues about their life rights. So why should it be different for the fertilized egg, the expectant child?
The answer is, there really is a big difference. A human stem cell, for example, has the same genetic code as the person from whom it originates. The fertilised egg, on the other hand, has its own genetic information. At the time of conception, a completely new, unprecedented genetic code is created for a person who is waiting to express himself and make the world more colourful and better. All of us who are continuously developing a fertilized egg cell have had the same genetic code since the first day of our conception. We do not share it with anyone else before us and after us. Bacteria are alive, like humans. But we do not have a growth comparable to ours. Every fertilized egg has the potential to develop into an adult human being. If you leave it alone or nature doesn’t get in the way. A bacterium does not have that.
A tumour may divide the size of an embryo and inhabit the woman’s body in the same way as an embryo. But even a tumour has no genetic code of its own, no heartbeat, no organs of its own, it cannot hear the mother’s voice or feel how she is doing. Above all, however, a tumour in most cases threatens the life of the woman, while the growing child in the womb does the opposite. Because a child is not only a life for itself, it also gives its parents and family members a new life.
We all know that nobody aborts just for fun. It is not and never will be an easy decision. Women abort for various reasons. But always because they are looking for a solution for their individual life situation.
But the truth is that abortion does not solve a problem. On the contrary, it creates new ones. A woman is no longer pregnant, but the situation she found herself in before and during pregnancy and which led her to have an abortion is the same. An abortion does not change the situation.
Help changes it, counseling changes it, an open ear changes it. An operation lasting several hours that ends the existence of an adolescent child in the womb only creates another problem. Like any operation, abortion has risks for the mother that can threaten her health or her life.
Abortion is just one of many ways that an unplanned pregnant woman can deny. She can choose her child and raise it herself. She can give her child up for adoption and give a new life to couples with an unheard-of desire to have children. She can go to a councelling centre where she can find help and support.
An unintentionally pregnant woman does not have to undergo surgery at the treatment table for several hours or swallow a pill that causes her to bleed painfully. There are people out there who want to be there for her. Want to listen to her. Help her discover new ways and concepts of life that involve her child. What is stopping her from going down these paths? It is possible that in our discourse about unplanned and difficult pregnancies there is a lack of experience reports from women who have chosen the other in a comparable situation. A way in which she and the child experience life together. Sharing it and enriching each other. This path is often very difficult. If not even laboriously. Abortion here simply seems to be the quicker option to get rid of a problem. But it is forgotten that a new person is never the problem. The problem is rather the circumstances in which we find ourselves. A new person, on the other hand, may even be able to solve such problems with his individual perspective and create new, better circumstances.
Abortion is not a solution and life is not a problem.
Too much is simply thrown away. Food. Clothes. Relationships. People. This behavior threatens our planet and our existence on it. We all know that. But nevertheless we continue with it. Our own convenience gives us quick excuses why we throw away today’s lunch again or once again reach for the product in plastic packaging. Which one of us is important enough that the world will end because of him or her alone.
In this throw-away culture we sleepwalk from one day to the next and watch our common homeland – the earth – being destroyed. Where did we turn wrong?
What is certain is that man’s relationship to the environment has gone off the rails. But there is a deeper problem behind it. It is our wrong understanding of our own being – man. This misunderstanding has different faces. Some of us do not even recognize the responsibility they have as individuals for society as a whole and are content with their inactivity. Still others have understood the power that is given to them as human beings, but misuse it to rule over their fellow human beings and the environment and to enrich themselves at their expense. In both cases, it damages our environment and humanity as a whole.
In the past, the powerful of the different empires, kingdoms and later states, claimed to determine the answer. This led to incomprehensible atrocities. People were distinguished from each other according to arbitrary characteristics such as their origin, bone structure or skin colour and divided into different categories of humanity in order to justify their exploitation, oppression and murder. To this day, those people who are most dependent on our protection were and are threatened. People who have no voice to defend themselves. People at the beginning and end of their lives.
The human rights violations of the past have shown that the greatest evil is the indifference of the masses. Now is the time to exchange this indifference for courage and civil courage. When, if not now, can we turn the tide and all walk together along a path in which the life of each individual human being is protected?
An abortion goes, first of all, against the rules of nature. Why else would we need drugs or tools to induce it? Even if the mother doesn’t want the child, her body still does. It produces hormones to keep the baby alive and structures to keep it safe in the womb until delivery. An abortion disrupts the natural and organic order of pregnancy. It is not voluntary “interruption” but more invasive aggression.
No matter how free the woman’s choice was – an abortion procedure still violates her physical integrity. Women very often ignore this fact. That’s why it’s vital to know what exactly happens during an abortion and to get acquainted with the different procedures.
Up to the 7th week after conception or 9th week from the start of the last period (in Germany, Austria, and most European lands), a medical or pill abortion can be done. The mother takes Mifepristone in the presence of the doctor. Mifepristone blocks progesterone that is needed for the baby to live, thus cutting off oxygen to the baby and asphyxiating it.
If there is an ectopic pregnancy, Mifepristone will not cause an abortion, but may cause the fallopian tubes to rupture, resulting in very serious bleeding which can be fatal to the mother.
Suction D & C (Dilation and Curettage) abortion is done through the 12th week after conception (the 14th week from the beginning of the last period).
The abortionists uses a series of medal rods and inserts them into the cervix to dilate it. The baby has a heartbeat, fingers, toes, and legs, but the bones are still fragile. Then a suction catheter is inserted and the baby is succeed out, using a vacuum 10-20 times more powerful than your household vacuum.
Although the uterus is mostly empty at this point, one of the risks of a suction abortion is of an incomplete abortion: pieces of the baby or placenta are left behind which can led to infection or bleeding (and if serious, even sepsis and death).
To try to prevent this, the abortionist uses a curette (a sharp knife with a round blade inside) to scrap the insides of the uterus to remove any leftover pieces.
According to the official Austrian health organization (Gesundheit.GV.AT) abortions in the second and third trimester use this protocol. Timing: Week 12 – any time before birth.
Day 1: Injection of lethal dose of Digoxin to end the life of the baby. A Laminaria is then inserted in the vagina to open the cervix.
Day 2: To expell the death body of the baby Misoprisotal is administered to stimulate contractions.
Day 3: The women delivers the living or dead baby body – depending on the effect of the injection. 10% of the time the baby is still alive and a D & C is needed to finish the abortion
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