Brock Schmeling: Buying A Gun Does Not End A Human Life


In her recent article linked here, Anne Krapu explains her outrage that abortion facilities are required to disclose certain information about abortion procedures. She muses about what the reaction would be if gun shops were legally required to give out similar information to their customers before they could sell a gun. We will return to this comparison later in the article.

Abortion providers in North Dakota are required to provide mothers with scientifically accurate information on the development of the child (if it were inaccurate the Supreme Court would throw it out as unconstitutional). So let us examine these “ridiculous” statements:

North Dakota law defines abortion as terminating the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being.

The State of North Dakota requires that, at least 24 hours before your abortion, we offer you the opportunity to receive and view an active ultrasound of your pregnancy, including, if possible, hearing auscultation of the fetal heart tone at this facility or another facility.

Ms. Krapu is upset that the North Dakota Department of Health has a publication providing mothers with choices other than abortion. She laments: “‘Are you kidding me? I know my rights and I know what is best for my family and me. This is ridiculous!’ (Additionally, enter string of obscenities I can’t print.)”

We know this first statement about abortion is true: “Every human embryologist in the world knows that the life of the new individual human being begins at fertilization. It is not belief. It is scientific fact.”[1] It is not a controversial statement that human life begins at fertilization, until abortion enters the picture.

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A mother being given 24 hours to reflect before making a decision that ends a human life seems like a very small concession when we consider that the choice is literally one of life or death. The ultrasound requirement is even less onerous. It is standard practice in abortion facilities to conduct an ultrasound to determine the age of the unborn child to know which abortion technique is the most efficient way of ending the child’s life. Ultrasounds also provide mothers with information relevant to her choice, an actual unbiased image of the child as she/he is. If you are pro-abortion choice, you should support mothers having the choice to view the ultrasound of her baby. She can look at it if she chooses.

Furthermore buying a gun does not kill a human being, while procuring an abortion does. The false dichotomy: support mothers or support children, must end.

Instead let us show both mother and child love by supporting non-violent options (If you doubt that abortion is violent look at this medical illustration of a D&E dismemberment abortion). Helping her with parenting classes, lodging, baby supplies, adoption information, etc. If you are looking for a place to do this, please volunteer at the 7 pregnancy centers and 2 maternity homes right here in North Dakota. These organizations have the sole purpose of assisting mothers (and when relevant fathers) before and after the child’s birth.

[1] Dr. Ward Kischer, Human Embryologist, University of Arizona.