Even though unborn human beings are often dehumanized by abortion rights advocates who frequently deny that a human embryo or a human fetus is an unborn baby, some supporters of legalized abortion openly admit that abortion constitutes the killing of an unborn human being. Furthermore, there have been at least seven United States Supreme Court cases since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases where a justice of the United States Supreme Court has admitted that abortion involves the killing of an unborn human being.
Here are some of the admissions made by abortionists, abortion clinic owners, and abortion clinic workers regarding the killing of unborn human children through abortion:
- “Life begins at conception and what I do is murder.” (Judith Fetrow, Don’t Panic: The Sidewalk Counselor’s Guidebook)
- “No one, neither the patient receiving an abortion, nor the person doing the abortion, is ever, at anytime, unaware that they are ending a life.” (Dr. William Harrison, Why I Provide Abortions)
- “Of course human life begins at conception.” (Aileen Klass)
- “Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that.” (Dr. Curtis Boyd)
- “[Abortion is] destruction of life.” (Dr. William Rashbaum, New York Times Magazine, April 7, 1977)
- “This [abortion] is murder.” (Dr. Magda Denes, Daily News (Chicago), October 22, 1976)
- “Women are not stupid … women have always known that there was a life there.” (Faye Wattleton, Donahue, May 15, 1989, Transcript #3288 NBC)
- “It [abortion] is a form of killing. You’re ending a life.” (Ron Fitzsimmons, “An Abortion Rights Advocate Says He Lied About the Procedure”, New York Times, February 26, 1997)
- “I see more of murder the further along they get. Although inside me I know it’s murder from the beginning.” (James Tunstead Burtechaell, C.S.C., Rachel Weeping: The Case Against Abortion (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers, 1982), 135-136)
Here are some of the admissions made by justices of the United States Supreme Court after the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases regarding the killing of unborn human children through abortion:
- “Since the State has a compelling interest, sufficient to outweigh the mother’s desire to kill the fetus, when the ‘fetus . . . has the capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb,’ Roe v. Wade, supra, at 163, the statute is constitutional.” (Justice Byron White, Planned Parenthood v. Danforth)
- “Thus, the Pennsylvania law of criminal homicide requires scienter with respect to whether the physician’s actions will result in the death of the fetus.” (Justice Harry Blackmun, Colautti v. Franklin)
- “Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures, because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.” (Justice Potter Stewart, Harris v. McRae)
- “Appellant also contends that the prosecution failed to prove that his acts in fact caused the death of the fetus.” (Justice Lewis Powell, Simopoulos v. Virginia)
- “If attempting to save the fetus imposes any additional risk of injury to the woman, she must be permitted to kill it.” (Justice Byron White, Thornburgh v. ACOG)
- “The method of killing a human child – one cannot even accurately say an entirely unborn human child – proscribed by this statute is so horrible that the most clinical description of it evokes a shudder of revulsion.” (Justice Antonin Scalia, Stenberg v. Carhart)
- “To complete the abortion, doctors will commit an overt act that kills the partially delivered fetus.” (Justice Anthony Kennedy, Gonzales v. Carhart)
Why would a supporter of legalized abortion who has openly admitted that an abortion kills an unborn human being continue to support legalized abortion despite such an admission? One of the main reasons that one would continue to support abortion despite such an admission is that some women who are in unplanned pregnancies want to end their unplanned pregnancies through an abortion. In addition, abortionists and abortion clinic owners want to make as much money as they can from the performance of legal abortions, and keeping abortion legal is essential to achieving this goal.
Justice Harry Blackmun said the following regarding the beginning of human life in the opinion of the court in the Roe v. Wade case: “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.” Despite what Justice Blackmun said during the Roe v. Wade case, there is clearly consensus that human life begins prior to birth, even by supporters of legal abortion. If human life begins prior to birth, then abortion-on-demand should not be legal during all nine months of pregnancy because any abortion that is performed after human life has begun must clearly constitute the killing of an innocent human being. Because human life does begin prior to birth, the United States Supreme Court needs to revisit the Roe v. Wade ruling and uphold prohibitions on late-term abortion after viability.