Abortion and the March for Life (EP.98)

Abortion

Summary

This is a highly controversial subject, but it should not be. Using simple common sense, it becomes so very clear cut.

In the United States alone, we perform over one million–one million–abortions each and every year. I start with this concrete fact to alert all of us to the critical nature of this discussion, and to the vital importance of getting the answer to this much discussed and controversial question absolutely right. The core of this question is life and death on a massive scale. Many times bigger than all of our war deaths, gun crime fatalities, deaths due to alcohol and other drugs. Anything.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack this critical and controversial subject–and come up with some answers.

Transcript

This is a highly controversial subject, but it should not be. Using simple common sense, it becomes so very clear cut.

In the United States alone, we perform over one million–one million–abortions each and every year. I start with this concrete fact to alert all of us to the critical nature of this discussion, and to the vital importance of getting the answer to this much discussed and controversial question absolutely right. The core of this question is life and death on a massive scale. Many times bigger than all of our war deaths, gun crime fatalities, deaths due to alcohol and other drugs. Anything.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack this critical and controversial subject–and come up with some answers.

Given the magnitude of this topic, let’s put away all of our preconceived notions, and ask the the only two questions that need to be and must be asked and answered:

  1. When does life begin? and
  2. When is it acceptable for the state to sanction the taking of a life?

And don’t we need to know exactly when life starts; I mean with great precision? Without being able to pinpoint the moment when life starts, we are clearly left with an agonizing grey area. As in the grey area when the fetus might be a life, and then again, it might not be. Is it a non-viable tissue mass or is it a human? In this grey area, aren’t we obligated to give the benefit of the doubt to the fetus, and treat it like a living human? We can’t be willing to abort a fetus if it might be a living human any more than we would fire a shotgun into a darkened room, not knowing if anyone was there or not.

Now that we know that we need a precise moment, what is that moment? Using trimesters doesn’t give us that moment. Cutting the cord is a precise moment, but we clearly have a child by then, so that does not help. Is it when the entire baby emerges, or just the head? And if we call the baby fully emerging the test for the precise moment, what is so special about the feet? And how do you handle your thinking with breech babies and C-sections? The only precise moment in the whole process is conception. That’s when human life begins.

Now comes perhaps the more important question of when it is appropriate for the state to sanction the taking of a human life. Wars, law enforcement and self-defense are accepted examples. Capital punishment is more controversial. Now, what about the taking of a life for economic purposes, or simply for convenience or personal preference? As in the prospective parents cannot afford to have that child? Or convenience, as in it would be a 20-year burden to have this child? Or because the child might be mentally challenged? Or the wrong sex? What about when it is highly likely that the child will grow up with few–if any–advantages–and be born into the middle of a drug-infested, ganbanger neighborhood? Is it OK to kill the child under any of these circumstances? Because that’s exactly what we are doing now. We don’t want this person, so we pretend that it is not a person. And when we convince ourselves that a class of beings is not human, we have given ourselves permission to do anything we want with them. Blacks were not seen as human, so it was OK to enslave them. Jews were declared not human, so concentration camps and mass extermination were OK. And now the issue is the child in the womb. If it is judged to be not human, it is OK to exterminate it. But it is a child, and if we, as individuals or a society, want to do away with it, let’s at least say out loud what we are doing. We are taking a human life for convenience. We should be ashamed of our attempt at absolving ourselves of our crimes with the pretense that it was not human in the first place.

Most of us have a very hard time imagining the twisted logic and moral void that would have been required to see either blacks or Jews as non-human–and then act on that belief. We revere the abolitionists and the occasional Holocaust savior like Oskar Schindler, while we despise the Nazis and hate the slave owners. But which are we; are we good guys or are we participating in evil? Even if we are not directly involved in abortions, we are participants in that we allow them to proceed. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –Edmund Burke, Irish statesman and philosopher.

The people involved in the recent March for Life were doing something. What can we do? What can you do? It is not hard to imagine a world in the not-too-distant future where the people look back on abortion with the same disbelief and horror as we now see slavery and the Holocaust. How will they see us; you and me? How will history judge us? After a deep examination of this subject, how do we see ourselves?

Forget the Supreme Court and Roe v Wade; this is not a legal question; it is moral one. And, as with all laws, the laws should arise from morals; we should not be aligning our morals to comply with current law.

A quick note on two arguments we often hear in defense of abortion, e.g., “A woman can do anything she wants with her own body.” First, if it is a child, and that is the clear case I am making here,, it is not her body. It is separate person with his or her own DNA. Second, a woman cannot do whatever she wants with her body any more than I can. She is not allowed to punch someone in the nose even if her fist is part of her body. And I cannot take what I want from a store without paying, even if I do it with my own body.

And what about a woman’s reproductive rights? Good question. She has 100% control over her reproductive rights, as does a man, until the moment she has a separate person growing inside her.  

How’s that for coming to a hard and fast conclusion on one of the most debated and controversial issues for our day? To me, it is just Common Sense. Nothing more.

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Links and References

March for Life

Common Sense

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Will Luden, writing to you from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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8 Responses

  1. James Kuhn Reply

    Chock full of thought-provoking questions, Will. I hope and pray these questions are exposed to many eyes and minds to cause healthy change. Thanks for putting this out there.

  2. Karen Cabral Reply

    Very well done. I remember at one time we thought we would have to adopt a child because we didn’t get pregnant for what seemed like a long time. When I was in the clinic and I was threatening a miscarriage, a woman with many children came in for an abortion and she was seen before me, with them knowing why I was there. My baby was not seen as a person for sure, and I fought as long as I could to keep it, although they told me it was already dead and wanted me to go ahead with D & C to remove the fetus.

    Anyway, the woman’s child she aborted could have been the child we wanted. I believe you are right, that sometime we will see our mistake. It is not easy to do God’s will. I like though that you look at situations without being accusatory, realizing that it usually is
    a societal problem.

  3. Charles Cabral Reply

    Will, I agree. This is the reason I cannot vote for the political party that includes abortion rights as part of their platform. And the logic which you cited is, in my estimation, the reason those folks were so willing to use a scorched earth policy in opposing the latest Supreme Court nominee. They know that moral reasoning will lead anyone who is not predisposed or obligated to their side to the same conclusion that you draw. They will not even listen to discussions such as yours and do not even want them stated.

  4. Charles Bobo Reply

    People like to make this about “reproductive rights”… but what about “reproductive responsibilities”?

    Our society today is far too focused on rights, but like to push the responsibilities aside and act as if rights trump responsibilities. That’s not the case at all. We all have to consider the responsibilities (which can also become consequences) of our actions… regardless if we paint those actions as rights or just everyday choices.

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