What Gives Life Its Value?

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What Gives Life Its Value?

Writer Caroline Nagle believes pro-life includes caring for children who may not be born healthy.

Writer Caroline Nagle believes pro-life includes caring for children who may not be born healthy.

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Writer Caroline Nagle believes pro-life includes caring for children who may not be born healthy.

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Writer Caroline Nagle believes pro-life includes caring for children who may not be born healthy.

Caroline Nagle, Staff Writer

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What gives life its value? Would you say that it’s the ability to function as a normal human being or would you say that it is the ability to excel, be independent, and be able to do anything you want? The actual definition of life is the existence of an individual human being. But is just being alive enough to give life its value? I think so. However, Lyndsay Werking-Yip does not. 

Werking-Yip is a woman who lives in Manhattan. She is a “pro-life” advocate who not only had an abortion, but had a late term abortion. 

Some people would argue that to be “pro-life,” you simply don’t agree with abortions. Some people would argue that it depends on the value of life of the baby, as Lyndsay Werking-Yip does. 

Others who are “pro-choice” are typically the people who believe that it is the women’s body; therefore, it being her choice… completely disregarding the fact that it is actually the body of a human growing inside of her. 

Then, there is what some people call a “grey area.” It’s not black and white. What if the mother is in danger during childbirth? What if the baby is in danger? What if the baby comes out with abnormalities or deformities or Down syndrome?

I would think that one who is “pro-life” would not abort their child because of abnormalities. However, Werking-Yip, and her husband chose to have an abortion because their 23 week, baby girl was diagnosed with severe brain abnormalities. No one could say what this necessarily meant for their daughters day-to-day life. Yes, she could breathe. But would she be able to function as a normal baby? The doctors didn’t have exact answers. 

“Within 15 minutes of the diagnosis, we knew what we had to do: We would become baby killers,” says Werking-Yip in her “I Had a Late-Term Abortion. I Am Not a Monster” in a New York Times published article. 

— Pro-life to me is believing that the mother is strong enough to raise her child despite issues they may face along the way.

To Werking-Yip, she is “pro-life” because “allowing her to live would have been a fate worse than death. Her diagnosis was not fatal, not incompatible with the bare mechanics of a living body. But it was incompatible with fulfilling life. And that makes the difference to me. That’s why I call myself “pro-life.”” 

Living life itself was not enough value for them. Being able to be independent was value to them. 

To me, life itself is what is valuable.

Despite the fact that her child was diagnosed with a brain abnormality, she had an abortion and that’s the only way I can see it. Yes, her daughter would have been able to breathe. But would she have been able to function as a normal baby? The doctors didn’t know and now, they never will be able to know.

If the slightest thing is detected to be wrong with your baby, most doctors recommend abortions. Isn’t that sad? Is the mother really making the choice to have an abortion or is a doctor pressuring her because the baby might not come out as “normal.” Is the mother really making the choice to have an abortion or is she being told that she is “too old” to have a baby. Is the mother really making the choice to have an abortion or is society and her parents telling her she should because she was raped or “too young” and isn’t strong enough to do it alone. 

“Pro-life” to me is not just being against abortion. “Pro-life” to me is believing that the mother is strong enough to raise her child despite issues they may face along the way. “Pro-life” to me is believing that a baby may come out as slightly different, but loving it and not giving up on it anyway. 

“Pro-choice” to me is the stigma from seciety, doctors, and whoever else, that a baby can’t make it through the hardships of life. 

“Pro-life” isn’t just being against abortions. Being “pro-life” is believing in strength. 

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