A new STAT-Harvard study polled American adults to discover their approval or disapproval of late-term abortions. Researchers then asked a second group if they supported late-term abortions if the mother was infected with the Zika virus and her child might have a birth defect. The results display that while the pro-life movement has made remarkable headway, we have a long way to go.
In the second group of 1,010 adults, 59% thought, “a woman should have access to a legal abortion after 24 weeks if she has been infected with Zika virus” and the baby has a significant chance of being born with microcephaly. A baby with this condition has an abnormally small head and sometimes an underdeveloped brain.
According to this study, a strong majority of Americans would support late-term abortions if the fetus might have a birth defect from the Zika virus. Also, over 30% of respondents who originally opposed late-term abortions made exceptions in the proposed scenario. These statistics remain sound if you factor in the margin of error for each of these polls, which is ±3.62 percentage points.
Across political spectrums, people in our society want to help the disadvantaged. Yet a large percentage think it better to end, rather than seek to improve, the lives of our most vulnerable.
People who switched from "no" to "yes" on late term abortions in the case of Zika seem to be missing a serious point: regardless of birth defects or diseases, that baby is still a human life. Killing humans, pre-born or born, is either moral or immoral—there is no in between.
Many people in this majority probably consider abortion more merciful than subjecting people to a discontented or chronically ill life. If this line of reasoning pervaded society, we’d tell suicidal people to end their lives because they’re depressed. This rationale doesn’t hold together in the aforementioned situation; why would it apply to abortion and fetuses with birth defects? Perhaps instead of funding the "mercy killings" of babies born with microcephaly, we should invest money in researching how to reverse its effects so those children can have a better quality of life instead of no life at all.
No matter the motivations behind those who procure or support them, abortions’ results are invariable and irreversible. The only reason abortion is tolerated is because the rights of the pre-born are delegitimized. Abortion will end only when our culture respects the rights of all humans.