You gotta love when people who advocate the killing of babies start talking about rights.
It’s a very selective view: a woman’s right to “choose,” her right to control her body, her right to decide for herself. Yet somehow the right to life of the child never comes up.
Isn’t it odd that the person who stands to lose the most in an abortion somehow gets left out of the discussion?
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, was recently asked by Fusion TV anchor Jorge Ramos when life begins, and she hemmed and hawed, said it will be debated for centuries, blah, blah, but eventually just blew off the question. “I don’t think it’s really relevant to the conversation,” she said.
Then, verifying the terrifying image of her as a mother, she added that for her three children, “life began when I delivered them.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue is cut from the same cloth (womb?), but she takes it a step further. Not only is abortion a sacred “right,” but opposing it is un-American, a theme she has been using of late in speeches and on Twitter: “That, my friends, is not anti-abortion — what it is is anti-American.’ –[email protected] current anti-choice efforts in the US.#NARAL45.”
It’s not just a matter of abortion advocates having radical politics. The pro-abortion crowd’s position lacks any sense of logic, compassion or history.
When the Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade, it not only rewrote abortion law for the country, it departed from thousands of years of knowledge and belief about when human life begins.
Long before ultrasounds and pregnancy tests that could detect conception within days, Aristotle taught that life begins at the moment the mother first feels the baby stir in the womb, an event that came to be known as the quickening.
It was a logical deduction, based on the best medical knowledge available up until modern times. The moment when a child could be felt moving was the first point at which medicine could detect with certainty that a woman was carrying a viable baby who could be brought to term, so the conclusion was that the quickening was the moment when a soul entered the baby’s body.
Our Founding Fathers never could have imagined a situation in which pregnant women would be given the legal approval to kill an unborn child at any stage. Their legal opinions on the subject were informed by William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, which says of abortion: “Life is the immediate gift of God, a right inherent by nature in every individual; and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb. For if a woman is quick with child, and by a potion, or otherwise, killeth it in her womb … this, though not murder, was by the ancient law homicide or manslaughter. But at present it is not looked upon in quite so atrocious a light, though it remains a very heinous misdemeanor.”
The Founding Fathers wrote extensively about rights, and leading all rights is the right to life, a fact made clear in the Declaration of Independence. Again, it’s simply a logical deduction, or as the Founders put it “self-evident,” because if you don’t have the right to be alive, then any other “rights” based on the fact of your existence as a human being obviously are moot.
There’s no uncertainty where the Founding Fathers would come down on the issue of abortion rights, either. James Wilson was one of only six men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He was considered the leading legal scholar of his day and was a Supreme Court justice from 1789 to 1798. His lectures on the law were regularly attended by George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
It was during one of those lectures at what would become the University of Pennsylvania that Wilson addressed the issue of the right to life, saying, “With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and in some cases, from every degree of danger.”
Thus, Roe v. Wade overturned some 200 years of this country’s legal precedent and millennia of jurisprudence and common belief. In his dissent, Justice Byron White said there is “nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgement.”
The Founding Fathers clearly believed that life began and was legally protected by the second trimester. Today, we can detect and even “see” the embryo much sooner. If modern medical knowledge, technology and techniques had been available to the Founders, can there really be any doubt that they would have determined life to begin shortly after, if not at the moment of, conception?
Pro-abortionists haven’t got a sound moral argument to support their views. They’re on even more slippery ground when they start making pronouncements about the pro-life position being “un-American.”
Pro-life is the foundational American position and the basis for all the other rights we enjoy.