Today marks the forty years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion. Since then, millions of unborn children have been aborted. In its most recent fiscal year report, Planned Parenthood noted it had aborted 333, 964 unborn babies--a record year. That's like wiping the city of St. Louis off the map.
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, he noted that we were endowed my our Creator with certain inalienable rights--life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life precludes all the others. If we deny someone that first right, how can they have liberty? How can they purse happiness? Abortion is the ultimate form of prejudice--where personal convenience is pre-judged as more important than another person's existence and those inalienable rights are denied.
For all the pearl clutching pro-choice women do regarding having men interfering with their "health" care choices, they seem to forget that it was nine men who decided Roe v. Wade. Men are allowed to make "health" care decisions for these pro-choice women, so long as it is convenient for them. Sadly, we live in a world where health care legislation indicates that a twenty-six year old is considered a child for insurance purposes, but baby in her eleventh week in her mother's womb is not considered a child.
So much of politics is purportedly "for the children", yet when we deny them the right to life, what does any other legislation matter? In light of the recent ineffably saddening shooting in Newtown, CT, this well done video edit asks President Obama that very question.
Advocating for life is not solely dependent upon court cases and legislation. It's about a culture where life is valued. This is the culture we want to help create and cultivate. Andrew Breitbart once said that culture is upstream of politics. This does not only apply to those facets of culture like entertainment or sports, but also the lens through which our society sees. Let that lens be life.
Crossposted here and here.