I don't usually write posts like this at all, but whilst scrolling through the Internet this morning I came across something which I feel very passionate about, and that I strongly believe that something needs to be done about it. This post is entirely my own opinions and something which I want to share, as I believe that in the UK the law which allows pregnant woman to abort their unborn child at 24 weeks is wrong on every level.
I came across this article about a young baby, named Walter Joshua Fretz. Walter made it to his 19th week before devastatingly being miscarried. He was a very much wanted and loved baby. There was no explanation to his death, except that it was just natural and of no fault.
As you can see from the photos that at 19 weeks, Walter was incredibly developed. Just think, that at 24 weeks Walter would have been even more developed and in fact, able to survive in this world if born prematurely. At 24 weeks a baby's tastebuds have developed. Their lungs are continuing to grow stronger, hair is starting to grow on the baby's skin and their eyelids are fully formed. They are even able to do things such as suck their thumbs as their brain continues to develop!
To me, this baby is already a living person yet a woman is able to make a choice on whether it continues to live or not, and these reasons could be from pure selfishness. Now don't get me wrong, I completely understand that in some cases abortion is needed where perhaps the pregnancy is the result of rape, a child under the age of 18, or the mother has a severe medical illness which could affect the baby and their development whilst in the womb. But I cannot agree and will not agree that a woman who has been carrying a baby for 24 weeks, six months, has the right to terminate her baby's life because 'it isn't convenient' for her or 'it was a mistake, a result of a one night stand.' This I cannot agree with. This is why I believe that it should be made legal to have an abortion at the latest, of around 9-12 weeks. Personally, I believe that's enough time to find out whether you are pregnant and make a decision. Not wait 6 months to decide.
In this present day there are more and more women who are unable to conceive and have a child of their own, who try desperately but are not fortunate enough. These women then go down the route of adoption. Just because you might not want your baby, there will always be someone else who will. Someone who will provide that baby with eternal love, support and care. Someone who will raise and love that baby as if they're their own. You've already carried the baby for 6 months, another 3 isn't going to hurt really, is it?
I know that not everyone will agree with me but after reading Walter's story and seeing how beautiful he is even after just 19 weeks of development, it makes me more passionate that abortion at 24 weeks is wrong and that something needs to be done about it. There will always be exceptions to abortion but I cannot stand it when a woman choose to abort her baby at such a late stage in her pregnancy due to her own selfish reasons, and I believe it's wrong. It's a living life and something needs to be done.
If you would like to read the full article about Walter then you can read it here
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.