Thanks to Senator Todd Akin, Obama and the left are nearly beside themselves in glee that the primary campaign subject of the moment has shifted to exaggeration about what the pro-life movement stands for. Make no mistake, Akin’s statements about rape were wrong and ignorant — I’m not defending him or his statements, but I am defending the philosophy of being pro-life.
I know this is a sensitive subject with a lot of emotion on all sides and many very personal stories. After-all, some estimates say that almost 40% of all US women have had an abortion. I personally know several people who have been through it themselves. I’m may make some enemies with this article, but the latest outcry against the pro-life movement over one ignorant senators comments should be defended.
Many people will argue that because I’m a man, I have no right to even have an opinion on the matter. Men don’t only have the right, but the responsibility to defend children, even the unborn ones. It is a heart breaking epidemic in our country and around the world. Almost 4,000 babies are aborted EACH DAY in the United States alone.
The assertion is made by many that those on the right, who are pro-life, do not care about women’s rights and that we somehow want to control a women’s body. We have no desire to control someone else’s body, except when that body could do harm to others — even an unborn child.
Conservatives believe in the right for a woman to choose — we simply believe that the choice happens before sex, not after.
The argument is often made that a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body. But do we really have the right to do whatever we want with our bodies?
The reality is, we don’t have the right to do whatever we want. We don’t have the right to put drugs in our bodies, we don’t have the right to shoot ourselves, we don’t have the right to walk around naked, and we don’t have the right to use our bodies to hurt others.
Conservatives believe in women’s rights — including the hundreds of thousands of baby girls that are aborted each year before they have a chance to become women.
We try to rationalize the abortion of a child by saying “it’s just a fetus” — at what point do we accept that it changes from “just a lump of cells” to a human being? After-all, doesn’t our own Declaration of Indepence say this:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Right to Life — that would be a good organization name. When do those inalienable rights begin? Is it when our heart first beats? (That’s around 6 weeks.) Is it once they have 10 fingers and toes? When is it too late to terminate the life of a child? When does that right start and stop? When do we change from disposing of a baby to doing everything we can to save their life?
In the United States (which has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world), it’s legal to abort a baby up to 24 weeks. At that point the baby has fingers and toes, hair is growing on their skin, their lungs are developing, they have a heartbeat, and brainwaves. At what point do they become a HUMAN? Apparently at 25 weeks according to the US Government.
Do we accept this as a nation? Really?! Does a woman’s right to choose trump the right to life that the baby has? When does that baby gain it’s rights?
Abortion is heart breaking for so many reasons. If anything, it’s not a great right for women, it’s a great crime against them. We have become a country that’s more concerned with saving sea turtle eggs on the beach and bald eagle nests than we are our own species. We act so concerned about genocide and abandoned children in other countries but have somehow accepted that’s it’s ok to abort thousands of our own daily.
Many people claim it’s against freedom and liberty to restrict abortion, but what about the freedom and liberty of the child?
Another guy that many on all sides of the aisle regard as a beacon for liberty and freedom is Ron Paul. I’ll leave this with his words on why he is pro-life. It’s a powerful store of the reality of abortion…