The Importance of the Heartbeat Bill


Ryan McCrary, Writer

On May 7, 2019 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, which is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The bill bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is when the heart begins to beat. There were a lot of people voicing their frustrations on social media after the bill was passed. Personally, I am against abortion and think that it should be illegal no matter the stage of pregnancy and here is why.

I have been raised in a Christian household and I share the same beliefs that are expressed in the Bible. This would be a good reason to invalidate my opinion, but I speak out against abortion based on logical thinking as well as my religious beliefs.

As soon as a baby is conceived by sexual intercourse that child is a living organism. In “A Scientific View of When Life Begins,” Maureen Condic says “The conclusion that human life begins at sperm-egg fusion is uncontested, objective, based on the universally accepted scientific method of distinguishing different cell types from each other and on ample scientific evidence (thousands of independent, peer-reviewed publications).” This statement proves that life begins when the sperm and egg come together to form a fetus.

Obviously the value of the developing child’s life is subjective; however, if it is illegal to kill another human being, then why is it not illegal to kill an unborn child? Determining if abortion is wrong is very difficult in rape cases, and I have no idea how we should take action in those scenarios, but we must draw the line when it comes to women ending their unborn babyies lives because it may inconvenience them. It can not be acceptable in our society to end an unborn child’s life because two people decided to have sex and do not want to deal with the consequences.

Now I want to look at the “It’s my body” argument that many pro-choice advocates make in support of abortion.

Women should and do have the right to make decisions about what they do to their bodies. I am not arguing against that. I believe that while women may do whatever they want to themselves, they do not have the right to end someone else’s life. A mother and her child are separate beings, therefore she does not have the right to determine the value of her child’s life and abort the pregnancy. Since women have the right to do what they want to their own body, that responsibility starts before the pregnancy. Everyone who decides to have sex has the responsibility of knowing and understanding the consequences of sexual intercourse. Having unprotected sex results in the conception of a human being. Choosing to ignore the consequences of having sex and then deciding to kill the developing baby is irresponsible and evil.