You're sitting at a desk, thinking about how your life is going to change if you go through with the birth process. After sitting there for 10 minutes, the doctor walks in and asks, "Are you ready?" All you can do is stand up and nod.
Some women have a hole of guilt in their hearts after doing the unthinkable, and others just use it as another form of birth control. The idea of killing a baby, or a fetus, is just something that I would never think about doing.
Yes, others may say don't speak without knowing how it feels to see your life suddenly hit a bump at a young age, but the way I see it, if you're ready to have sexual intercourse then you must be prepared for the consequences.
There is no good reason to kill the one thing that is not responsible for what you did that night when a condom was not available and you had unsafe sex. If you're not ready or prepared then just don't do anything that is going to put your body and future at risk.
Abortions are not 100 percent safe, and the process in which the fetus is ejected from the uterus is just inhumane.
The other day, I became curious, and looked up images of abortions on Google. The sight was worse than I could have ever imagined. There were images of fetuses that were torn apart, and others did not even look like babies any more. In one image the fetus had its arm, leg and head ripped off its body. The picture was so disturbing that it made my stomach turn.
Abortions can be performed at almost any time period of the fetus' life.
Suction aspiration is an abortion method used during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This process requires anesthesia to be administrated via the patient's cervix to help dilate it. A suction curette, which is a hollow tube with a knife-edge tip, is then inserted into the womb.
The instrument is then connected to a vacuum that is 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum. This process tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces and sucks it into a bottle that is then discarded.
By 12 weeks, the latest this process can be performed, the fetus has a heart beat, all blood cells are produced by the liver and spleen, all arteries are present, the brain is formed and vocal chords are complete. Some fetuses cry in the womb and can feel pain.
Imagine getting sucked into something that chops your body completely and leaves you in tiny little pieces while you have no say in it. It's inhumane to be selfish enough to want to end a baby's life to enjoy your own.
I see no justification for abortion, whether you're an immature teen who didn't know how to use a condom properly or a victim of rape.
Rape is one of the touchy subjects that often justifies an abortion. If you think about it, it's not the baby's fault that you were at the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm not saying that the girl who was raped asked for it, but the child in her womb is just as innocent as the victim.
There are many other ways to deal with the fact that you got pregnant, but abortion should not be part of those options.
Would you want to be sucked into a machine that tears every piece of you, and then be thrown in the garbage as if you are nothing? It's time to think about our choices, and either live up to the consequences or choose a better life for a child, such as putting it up for adoption. At least with adoption, the child has a chance to live and love.
Natalie Estrada is a staff writer for The Advocate. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.