‘Ending a life is not empowering, it’s dehumanizing’

Grayson Knox

Grayson KnoxLast week, Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp stirred controversy when he signed an abortion bill into law. The law in question restricts abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually at six weeks in the pregnancy, though there are exceptions made for cases of rape or incest.

Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” is one of many that have been passed across the country; states like Mississippi and Ohio have also passed similar legislation. Alabama took their own heartbeat law further by outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and punishing those who carry out abortions with 99 years of sentencing.

Pro-choice groups have rallied to fight what they view as a restriction of women’s rights. Prominent Hollywood figures such as Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, and Alyssa Milano have all threatened to boycott Georgia’s film industry if the heartbeat bill makes it through the courts. Democratic Senator and President hopeful Kamala Harris vowed to “fight with everything we’ve got” to stop the abortion “bans” across the country. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have both filed lawsuits against the state of Ohio for it’s heartbeat bill, and are planning on doing so for Alabama and Georgia.

In their defense of abortion, the pro-choice side has lost perspective on the issue. In the past, pro-choice individuals understood the gravity of abortion. Bill Clinton stated his goal was to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare” (emphasis mine).

But now, abortion is something to be saluted, something to be shouted with pride; an “empowering” exercise of female autonomy. But there is nothing empowering about it; despite heavy gaslighting from the abortion industry to say otherwise, the truth remains that the abortion procedure ends a human life that biologically, begins at conception. Ending a life is not empowering, it’s dehumanizing.

Because abortion is cruel and dehumanizing, I support the fetal heartbeat bills proposed in Georgia, Alabama, and other states. But I don’t just support them for what they’ll do in their own states. Rather, I support them because they stand in the face of Roe v. Wade.

Some might argue that the bills going against Roe v. Wade means they won’t be able to go into effect, since going against precedent will enable the court to declare them unconstitutional. But the point of these bills is that they conflict with Roe. The legislators behind the heartbeat bills are hoping they are taken to the Supreme Court (which is leaning conservative) so they can overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent.

The desire to overturn Roe v. Wade has led to the usual rebuttals from the left, especially the worn out “people will die” argument that’s used on everything from environmental programs to tax cuts. But people are dying under abortion right now; roughly 50 million prenatal babies have been killed since the Supreme Court decision in 1973.

The continuation of abortion legislation under Roe v. Wade has also led to horrific results; the state of New York passed a bill that would enable actual infanticide, and Virginia nearly passed something similar.

I can admit there are some circumstances that warrant an abortion. If an individual was raped, was abused via incest, has their life at risk, or suffered a miscarriage, they should have the ability to terminate their pregnancy. But the flippant attitude surrounding the procedure combined with increasingly more radical abortion legislation warrants a full stop. We can’t continue down this road any longer. It must change now.