There are two words to describe the recent Salon article by liberal writer Mary Williams: horrendous…and honest.
One of the main reasons I have been telling people in speeches, in writing and on the radio show that I truly believe we are living in the midst of the generation that will end abortion is embodied in Williams’ piece. The anti-life left can no longer hide behind the confusion of what’s happening in the womb. They can no longer candy-coat what they condone. They can no longer pretend there is some great mystery to when human life begins.
Credit technology, but also credit a pro-life movement that after forty years is finally getting around to recognizing the only question that has ever mattered: what is conceived in the womb. If it’s not human, there are no limits that should be placed upon the practice of abortion (except safety precautions and licensing for the medical folks who will perform such an invasive procedure). If it is human, then there is absolutely no justification that ever allows the intentional killing of that life. None.
Rape? Of course not – we don’t punish children for the sins of the father. Ever. Execute the rapist, save the innocent child.
Life of the mother? Read carefully: there has never been, and there never will be a case where saving the mother’s life requires the intentional killing of an innocent child in the womb. Are there cases where carrying the child to term could present a death risk? Yes…extremely, extremely rare, but yes. And in those cases, a moral society will remove the child when it is absolutely necessary to save the woman’s life…and then use all our technology and effort to save the life of the child as well. You never intentionally kill the baby. Ever.
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Because if that being in the womb is human, any justification that is offered for when it is acceptable, or why it must be acceptable to kill the child is a justification for murder. And that’s precisely what Mary Williams shockingly acknowledged in her pro-abortion screed:
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal... Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her...
When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person...
We’re so intimidated by the wingnuts, we get spooked out of having these conversations...
And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.
So there it is – the admission of what we’ve all known for a long time and only the most cowardly among us pretend that they don’t know (see Barack Obama circa 2008: “Answering that question with any specificity is above my pay grade.”). The word fetus, just like the words adolescent and toddler, doesn’t refer to a nonhuman. It refers to a human at a particular stage of development.
And what liberals who advocate for the right to choose an abortion are saying is precisely what Williams said: “We believe that some human beings – particularly the less developed, the less wanted, the less convenient – can be murdered at the whims of other human beings.” It’s an honest admission, but equally horrifying. Particularly because we’ve heard such suggestions before in human history: from the words of slave owners to the lips of Adolf Hitler himself.
So then, the lines are finally drawn clearly. On one side the belief that all human life is precious because of what it is – an innocent being made in the image of God – and therefore worthy of legal protection regardless of the circumstance. On the other side the belief that the value of human life is determined on a sliding scale of ability and convenience to others. I choose the former. Ms. Williams chooses the latter. The fate of our civilization is determined by which you choose.