New York State Legislators and Governor Cuomo have recently passed an abortion bill that allows for abortions to be legally performed up until birth. It is important to note that the 3rd trimester (after the 24th week) of pregnancy is accepted as the point of viability – that is, the infant may be able to live outside the mother’s womb. A similar bill presented in Virginia, and thankfully defeated, would have allowed for abortions to be performed even as the mother was dilating; in the process of giving birth – this is according to the bill’s own sponsor as well as the state’s governor, Ralph Northam. In a profound and distressing irony, Governor Northam is also a Pediatrician. A number of states, including Massachusetts, are lining up for similar propositions. My firm belief – like that of half the country, is that unborn people have a right to life. There is a true moral battle that is underway in our time.
Culture of Death
Since the Roe vs Wade case was decided in 1973, over 60 million abortions have taken place in the United States. The lives of the unborn have become very cheap. Abortion is now used as an “after the fact” contraceptive “choice”. We have become a culture of death, killing the most innocent among us. Our brothers and sisters in humanity pay the ultimate price because they are purported to be simply “unwanted”. The most dangerous place for a child these days is in its mother’s womb.
Liberals prefer activist courts and activist jurists. This is because liberal proposals can be difficult to pass via legislation. Activist courts make law rather than define existing law as it is written. The 1973 Supreme Court that heard the Roe vs Wade case was a liberal majority activist court. The Court decided that abortion was legal under the Due Process clause of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution. The 14th amendment was passed in 1868 shortly after the civil war and is directly related to slavery issues. The Due Process clause was really just the excuse used by the court as a way to make new law; to make abortion legal. Nothing exists anywhere in the constitution that justifies abortion. Laurence Tribe, the renowned Harvard trained Constitutional lawyer has this to say regarding the Roe decision – “One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.” Substantive judgement indeed.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a euphemism is an “indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant”. Euphemisms are part-in-parcel of the abortion industry. Euphemistic descriptions are required, because the reality of abortion is very “unpleasant”. Infanticide (a “harsh” word) is thereby called “Planned Parenthood”. An unborn person is called “pregnancy flesh”, and the 3rd trimester abortion law in New York is called the “Reproductive Health Act”. Regardless of what it is called, one truth remains – abortion aborts a human life; it is the termination of the life of a separate person inside the womb of his or her mother
Life begins at conception, without conception there is no life. Everyone that has lived, is living now, or will live in the future, was or will be conceived. Conception is the joining of a man and women in the creation of a new life. It is the union of sperm and egg. It is the initial phase of life. Human life has a number of phases. Old age is different from middle age, which is different than young adult, which is different from a toddler, or an unborn child. Whether a person is in the womb or outside of it, they are a person.
One of the hidden truths of the abortion industry is the havoc that a terminated life can wreak on many other lives. It is not only the aborted person that suffers, but those that are involved in the process can suffer badly as well. I remember distinctly the words of the director of a local post-abortion counselling center. She said “You can’t imagine the soul rending cry of a woman who believes she has killed her own child and regrets it to the core of her being. She believes that her child will not forgive her, God will not forgive her, and she cannot forgive herself”. She went on to say that it is common for women to “think of their unborn child every day for the rest of her life”. It is noted that when Mikhail Gorbachev (former leader of the Soviet Union) was asked about the greatest regret in his life, it was that he and his wife had agreed to have an abortion when they were young. This from one of the most powerful leaders in the world. Lastly, and significantly, “Jane Roe” of Roe vs Wade – her real name Norma McCorvey, came to deeply regret the role she played in the legalization of abortion. Later in life Norma became a Christian, and dedicated the remainder of her life to anti-abortion activism. Ironically, Norma McCorvey never had an abortion.
This Country was founded on a Judeo-Christian, Bible based, moral code. An unchanging anchor of right and wrong. A moral compass – guiding the country through its very beginnings, and seeing it through many difficult times. We are now in difficult times. The Bible is clear about the right to life and the personhood of children in the womb. As Psalm 139 eloquently states – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. We are all truly made in the image of God.
We are in the midst of a moral and spiritual battle. Since 1973, and as a direct consequence of the “moral relativity” of modern society, over 60 million young people have been denied the right to live out their full lives. And now, inconceivably, there is a crusade taking place to sanction the “legalized” termination of human life up through the process of natural birth. Legalities aside, we need to remember that in the end we are all accountable to a higher moral authority
Quote of the Month “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General, and US President
Steve Nickerson is a Mansfield resident, former US Marine, and is the Vice Chairman of the Mansfield Republican Town Committee – www.mansfieldgop.com. The opinions he expresses are his own.