The legalization of abortion violates natural law. Natural law “is a system of right or justice held to be common to all humans and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society, or positive law.” Originally, natural law described the laws inspired by the God found naturally in the all humans. There are now two other generally accepted forms of natural law theory: secular natural law and historical natural law. Secular natural law describes the physical, biological, and behavioral laws of nature as understood by human reason, while historical natural law says that tradition, past experiences, and customs defines natural law (The Free Dictionary).
Although all these forms of natural law have different bases, there are similarities throughout. One of these similarities is that they all condemn murder as wrong and unlawful. Despite agreement across the board on the unlawfulness of murder, abortion has been legalized. A fetus, though still in the womb, is a living human being, for from conception, the child is alive. To deny this fact is to deny that a newly germinated plant is living just because its sprout isn’t above ground. Furthermore, federal and state laws punishing the killing of bald eagle eggs demonstrate the obvious: that life starts at conception, not birth. A child in the womb is simply more dependent on its mother than a child who has been birthed. The child is completely helpless and vulnerable to the decisions of the parent. This position of power does not give a woman the right or freedom to kill her child, but rather puts the woman in a position of responsibility to care for and protect her child according to natural law.
Women have right to choose if they want to engage in sexual activity, knowing that the pregnancy is a possible consequence, but they do not have the right to kill another human being. No one has this right! For, “the killing of any person is a contradiction of natural law. [Therefore], the killing of an unborn child (who has not even the means of self-defense) is to be treated in the same way” (Family & Life). Instead, by legalizing abortions, we have taken away the right of the child to live in favor of convenience and the so-called rights of the woman. No matter what we deceive ourselves into believing, the natural law written on the hearts of all humanity tells us abortion is wrong, as murder is wrong.
“COMMON ARGUMENTS ON ABORTION EXAMINED | Family & Life.” COMMON ARGUMENTS ON ABORTION EXAMINED | Family & Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2012. http://www.familyandlife.org/resources/faq/common-arguments-abortion-examined
“Natural Law.” TheFreeDictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.