not obligated to actualize. The choice to have children or not is morally
optional. Nature endows man with a variety of potentials, and it is his mind
that must decide which capacities he chooses to exercise, according to his own
hierarchy of rational goals and values.
Arizona and eight more states have banned abortions after the 20th week of
pregnancy. Arizona's 20-week ban is similar to one passed in Nebraska two years
ago. Laws in Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma followed, and bans in
Louisiana and Georgia are set to go into effect August 1 and January 1,
The mere fact that man has the capacity to kill, does not mean that it is his
duty to become a murderer; in the same way, the mere fact that man has the
capacity to procreate, does not mean that it is his duty to commit spiritual
suicide by making procreation his primary goal and turning himself into a
Arizona has gone from prochoice to prolife. States passed a record 92
abortion-restricting measures last year, more than double the previous record
set in 2005. Recent Arizona laws include a 24-hour waiting requirement for women
seeking an abortion and a ban on nurse practitioners performing the procedures
or dispensing the abortion pill.
To an animal, the rearing of its young is a matter of temporary cycles. To man,
it is a lifelong responsibility, a grave responsibility that must not be
undertaken causelessly, thoughtlessly or accidentally.
Legal induced abortion, one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures
in the U.S., with an overall death rate of 0.6 per 100,000 occurrences, is 14
times safer than childbirth.
In regard to the moral aspects of birth control, the primary right involved is
not the right of an unborn child, nor of the family, nor of society, nor of God.
The primary right is one which, in today's public clamor on the subject, few, if
any, voices have had the courage to uphold: the right of man and woman to their
own life and happiness, the right not to be regarded as the means to any end.
Rand notes the task of raising a child is a tremendous, lifelong responsibility,
which no one should undertake unwittingly or unwillingly. Procreation is not a
duty, human beings are not stockfarm animals. For conscientious persons, an
unwanted pregnancy is a disaster; to oppose its termination is to advocate
sacrifice, not for the sake of anyone's benefit, but for the sake of misery qua
misery, for the sake of forbidding happiness and fulfillment to living human
Ultrasounds, which can be used to detect serious complications such as heart
abnormalities or spina bifida, are usually administered between 18 and 20 weeks,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lowering the gestational age at which women can terminate pregnancies will lead
to more abortions because patients will have to make decisions in borderline
Jennifer Marshall points out female gendercide is not just a phenomenon in
China. Around the world, as many as 200 million unborn girls have been
eliminated by the practice. It's even happening in the United States. Although
sex-selective abortion isn't the rampant trend it is elsewhere, skewed birth
ratios among certain segments of the U.S. population (with boys outnumbering
girls at an unusual rate) can be explained only by unnatural causes.
80% of Americans support a ban on female gendercide. Four states have outlawed
female gendercide: Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Arizona. But instead of
outlawing female gendercide, we should work to promote a culture that will value