Some years ago, our area had several dogs that were found dead floating in a water area. Their legs were bound with duct tape. A short time later, another one was discovered in the same way, but was fished out while still alive and brought to the shelter.
The dog was expected to make a full recovery, although she was being monitored for brain swelling as well as more damage from abuse. When the dog was initially brought in, the body swelling led shelter officials to believe she was pregnant. Her spleen was removed during surgery and significant bruising indicated severe kicking or beating.
Eventually, leads led to an arrest ~ they were family dogs and not wanted anymore. The community was shocked and outraged; how inhumane to treat an animal this way. The shelter experienced a high increase in adoptions soon afterwards.
Although this is a hideous and unacceptable account of ending life this way for these animals, if it happened every day, eventually, we would become desensitized to it. We may even get to the point where we might remark that there were thousands and millions of these animals experiencing this kind of end of life every week all over the world. We may even get to the point where we may consider ridding of our own pets in this way if we did not want our pets any more.
Are you shocked or surprised at that? Hasn't it happened with human abortions?
Aren't we getting desensitized about how many people have abortions and why they do? Don't we all know people who had abortions? Some have them because they 'didn't want a girl' or 'I can only handle twins, but not triplets'. Some have multiple abortions and use it as a form of birth control. Where is our shock and outrage over that way to end life?
Although doctors have not pinpointed exactly at what month the fetus feels pain from an abortion, it was uncertain whether a fetus experiences pain during the first trimester of development, when most abortions occur. Recent studies have shown that the fetus most certainly does feel pain by the end of the second trimester, when late-term and partial birth abortions are performed. Since general anesthesia is not used in most of these procedures, the fetus most likely feels pain during the procedure .....and I won't go into the procedure; it is horrendous.
The fact that fetuses can feel pain is really quite obvious. Since newborn babies can feel pain, fetuses can feel pain. There is no pain switch which suddenly switches to "on" during the journey through the birth canal. The only question is when do fetuses feel pain? The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act places a fetus' ability to feel pain at 20 weeks from fertilization, about half way through pregnancy. Twenty weeks is a conservative enough estimate that even some prominent abortion supporters have conceded its reliability. By the way, at 20 weeks, the unborn in the womb recognizes its mother's voice.
Many pro-life doctors maintain that fetuses can feel pain by just 8 weeks after fertilization (about the time most surgical abortions take place). Pro-abortion doctors tend to argue that fetuses don't experience pain until the very end of pregnancy. Whose testimony is more reliable ~~~ those who have a financial interest in the availability of abortion or those who don't? Ethically speaking, who is going to be less likely to lie, those who believe dismembering living human beings is a legitimate medical practice or those who don't?
According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.
In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion, there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
A national statistic: 1,600,000 babies are aborted in these United States every year.
Are we becoming desensitized to ending life in the womb? Where is our shock and outrage that we felt for the animals?
© Marie Coppola April 2018