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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hearing Their Silent Cries

In a country where freedom is foremost, rights are an extremely important topic in America. The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” PETA, Planned Parenthood, and the Law of the Land are all very concerned about upholding rights. For PETA, an animal’s rights are of the highest importance, whereas for Planned Parenthood, women’s rights are its focus. The Law of the Land has very peculiar views on how to ensure and protect the rights of all. Many people are rightfully outraged at the abuse and deaths of innocent children and defenseless animals and therefore lobby for their rights. However, is America doing all it can to defend the most vulnerable within its’ borders?

First, People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals, or PETA for short, believes that an animal deserves rights. “PETA believes that animals shouldn’t be used for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation” (PETA). “Radical PETA members think that saving animals is far more important than human life” (Can Tran). Although saving and caring for animals is a noble mission, human life should not rank above that of a laboratory rat. “In 2008, PETA rescued 2,216 animals” (Bukisa). “However, an average of 1.6 million babies are aborted every year” (U.S. Abortion Statistics). PETA elevates the life of a laboratory rat above that of a defenseless human being.

“Second, Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. Their goal is to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the rights and abilities of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices” (Planned Parenthood). Planned Parenthood’s main goal is to protect woman’s health and her rights. Planned Parenthood is pro-choice meaning that they believe women should make their own choices regarding their bodies and that they should have the right to choose abortion. If a woman has an unplanned pregnancy, she should be able to deal with her body and the fetus however she wants to, at her own convenience. There is one contradictory aspect of protecting women’s rights that Planned Parenthood neglects. Roughly half the babies aborted are female. Planned Parenthood cannot protect women’s rights while aborting female babies. How does America protect the rights of dead females?
Finally, the Law of the Land has peculiar views on how to uphold and defend rights, and prosecute the murder and abuse of children and animals. “The penalty for first degree murder of a human being is life-long imprisonment or the death sentence” (Law for Kids). “The penalty of willfully, maliciously, and, without cause or excuse, kill, torture, mutilate, maim, or disfigure an animal, or administer poison to an animal would be a maximum fine of $5,000 for a single animal and an additional $2,500 for every additional animal involved” (Animal Abuse Penalty). Certainly killing or abusing children and animals is a horrible crime and it should be rightly punished. The cries of children and animals ring in our ears as the news shows us yet another horrible tragedy. But what about the millions of babies aborted? Who hears their silent cries? The intentional murder of millions of babies by abortion every year goes on unheard and unpunished.

In conclusion, America’s views on life are horribly confused. Elevating animals’ rights above a human being’s is a very contorted view. Planned Parenthood’s goal of protecting women’s health while killing female babies is also contradictory. The Law of the Land also punishes murderers and those who abuse children and animals, but at the same time willfully protects a woman who chooses to take the life of her child, and the doctor who performs the abortive procedure. Babies should be America’s priority since they are Her next generation, and Her most vulnerable citizens. Sadly, they are killed for convenience. America ignores the cries of the little ones calling out for justice.

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Bukisa, "PETA Slaughtering 99% of Animals The 'Rescued'." March 31, 2009 Web.22
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Planned Parenthood, "About Us." Web.21 Apr 2009.
Tran, Can. "Where does the animal rights movement stand on abortion?." Web.21 Apr
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