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The abortion debate has been going on for decades and probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, this generation of millennials has come out strong in fighting for life, and now that we are the ones bringing life into this world, it is our responsibility to ensure that people know what happens at an abortion. When someone has an abortion, someone dies every time. There is no way around that. Everyone has the right to life, and that includes innocent babies that have no way to defend themselves. There are people on the Left who believe abortion should be legal up until the moment of birth, if you can believe it. However, the more “tolerant” Left, is that exists, insist that 20 weeks is the magic number where suddenly murder becomes more or less acceptable. What is it about twenty weeks, the halfway point, that makes someone a person? Is a fetus at 19 weeks that different than one at 20 weeks? Let’s take a look inside, and see just what 20 weeks looks like.

1Baby Stats: 20 Weeks

Height: 6 1/2-10 inches
Weight: 10 ounces

Fruit Size: Small cantaloupe

Gender:  You can find out between 18-22 weeks!

Does that look like a blob of cells to you? No way. That looks like a baby, doesn’t it? That’s because it is one. At twenty weeks, you’re growing what looks and acts just like a tiny baby. The baby’s heart is beating and pumping blood. The lungs have developed, though they aren’t finished quite yet. Hair is growing, including on the scalp. At this point, babies are also covered in a white fluid that protects them in the amniotic fluid and helps in birth. Depending on the gender of the baby, her eggs or his sperm has started to form, and for girls, those are all the eggs she’ll have for the rest of her life. The future is already forming inside of you.

Twenty weeks is also a big week for mom, as well as baby. Twenty weeks, halfway, is usually when you find out the gender of the baby, if not earlier with new technology. Twenty weeks also marks the time when many doctors want to start talking about a birth plan. It may seem far away, but anything could happen at any time, and you want to be ready.

Many people on the Left argue that 20 weeks is the perfect cut-off for abortion because that is when a baby would be able to live on its own outside of the womb of its mother. However, as we advance rapidly in medical technology, that has been called into question. In Europe in 2011, half a decade ago, a premature baby born at 21 Weeks and 5 Days survived the hospital, even though she was born at just over a pound, and went home healthy to be with her family. Frieda was expected to live a healthy, normal life. It is crazy to think that the left, just a week before Frieda’s miraculous birth, would have classified her as not even a person.

Who are we, as mere people, to say when someone else gets to live and die? Who are we to determine what constituents a life, a person, and what doesn’t? Who are we to say at what week a person is a person and what week they aren’t? Yes, the longer a child spends in the womb the better, but miracle babies are born every day, and they are proof that 20 weeks is a barbaric line to draw in the sand.

Nikki Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, won a lot of hearts recently when she signed into law a ban of abortions after 20 weeks. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act says, “After twenty weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult human, for example, by recoiling.” No mother wants their child to experience pain, and even though abortion is usually thought of as a last resort, we need to build a society in which women, and men, know that abortion is never the answer. Every life is worth living, whether it is at 20 weeks, 40 weeks, or outside of the womb. No innocent child needs to die. No mother needs to have to make that decision. We must work towards a society in which we care for the innocent that cannot care for themselves. It is a long road, and it will not be easy, but banning abortion after 20 weeks is a great place to start.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member