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I was recently asked by a friend whether I truly believed that there would ever be a day when abortion was illegal in the United States again. He said, "Microphone is off, no one else is listening, be honest with me." My answer is unequivocal: yes, that day is coming, and I believe that day is a lot closer than what many might believe.
He seemed really stunned to hear that, and asked why I was so confident. It's a good and fair question given that we've been wandering in the wilderness of legal child sacrifice for nearly 40 years. Here's why: for the first time in those 40 years we are actually starting to talk about the only issue that matters...what is conceived in the womb.
If it's a living human being, the case for abortion collapses. Any sound, rational mind (even those that argued for and authored the Roe decision) understands this. If it's a living human being, justifying abortion is obviously tantamount to justifying murder. If it's not a living human being, then abortion should not be restricted. Pro-lifers are finally starting to realize that their strategy can no longer focus on slowly "chipping away" at the monster. That hasn't worked. The new strategy aimed at addressing humanity is working:
Sixty-one percent of American adults?including some who describe themselves as "pro-choice"?told Gallup in a survey conducted May 5-8 that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.
Obviously that isn't enough. Obviously this is no time to celebrate. But obviously this is a positive development - not because the rightness or wrongness of abortion is dependent upon polls, but because it reveals that a growing majority of Americans recognize the wrongness of it.
They recognize that despite the messages of abortion on demand sent by pop culture. They are bombarded with self-centered immorality espoused by people like Chelsea Handler:
In a new interview with the New York Times, the comedian said she is not a fan of television shows like MTV's Teen Mom that depict teenagers have children.
"People are too P.C.," she told the Times. "We need to be focusing on other things. We're seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment. The Real Housewives of Atlanta and some of these other shows are more racist. Or 16 and Pregnant."
Handler told the Times, "Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you're a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody."
Don't get me wrong, I don't believe in glamorizing teen pregnancy. But that wasn't Handler's point. She doesn't mind the teen sex (she has built her entire career of off sexual immorality, after all). She just thinks those girls should be getting abortions like she did.
[S]he continued, "I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that's what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it."
What ignorance. What selfishness. What a role model. Notice she doesn't say, "I should have shown personal responsibility and not had sex." No, that's her right, of course. Just like she sees it as her right to punish the innocent baby for her poor decisions.
That's my point: there's much work to be done in confronting the ignorant selfishness that is bred and celebrated in our culture by people like Handler. That is done by appealing to people's sensibilities and rational understanding of the inviolable gift of life. It's done by asking people if they still want to be a nation that subscribes to the Declaration of Independence. It's done by challenging those espousing the same philosophy of the slave owners to defend their hostility to the inalienable rights of man.
We will win that fight if we're willing to fight it.