In Defense of Life:
Abortion and the State of a Nation

2010 May 5

This is approximately my 250th post.  As I wrote those posts, I sorted 16 into the tag: In Defense of Life.  With some light editing, I have excerpted portions of five of them below.

Yes, this issue sparks intense debate and causes emotions to run high.  Is that a reason to avoid discussion and debate?  In my opinion, no.  This is a matter of life and death and of an irrevocable decision that affects not only the mother, but many others as it spreads and cascades to affect the family, the community and the nation.  We cannot avoid and deny this reality.  There are facts and consequences to be brought out and placed in plain view.

And why do emotions run so high?  Because with abortion we are crying out, yes, there is right and wrong; yes, there is good and evil; yes, choices have life and death consequences.  With abortion we are crying out to a politically correct and self-centered society that there are times you make decisions based not on expediency or self interest, but on behalf of another human being.  We are crying out to an ethically pragmatic society that there is propositional truth and there are actions that are right, and there are actions that are wrong.

Abortion brings a real and true guilt. This causes great intensity of emotion in part because our society is not used to using guilt to describe the results of moral actions. It has instead redefined the terms of right living to mean approval of all choices and activities while guilt defines those who do not.   Moral statements are pushed away and derided as statements of condemnation, and that is the biggest transgression of all in our society.  A moral statement, however,  is not equivalent to a statement of condemnation, but is usually perceived as such when someone wants to avoid having an action described as wrong.  To acknowledge that a wrong has been done in the taking of the life of an unborn child is to conclude there is real guilt.  Guilt needs forgiveness.  Forgiveness follows the realization that you need it and desire it.  Then the emotional and spiritual aftermath of abortion can begin to heal.

Over the years pro-life advocates have fought the battle on many fronts:  scientific, political, personal and spiritual.  They have extended help to women in crisis pregnancies, they have provided material needs for mothers and babies, they have comforted women in the aftermath of abortions, they have protested, they have worked for new laws, they have educated, they have persevered, they have prayed.  Why?  Because they care deeply and passionately about the life of human beings; because they believe in the intrinsic worth of each human being; because they believe each human being is created in the image of God and that to honor God, one must honor and protect life.

I firmly believe that the decay and destruction we are seeing within our country is in part both a symptom and a judgment on our nation for our wanton destruction of our defenseless little ones.  Am I saying I know what God is doing?  No, of course not; I am not being so presumptuous.   I do know, however, from Scripture that there are times when God does give people up to follow their own rebellious ways, and those ways lead to their destruction. One of my pastors once said, “God has morally underwritten the universe.” Only a society callous to the issues of life and death could elect a man like Barack Obama.  Only a society given over to self-interest could elect a Congress peopled with men and women given over to self-interests and party interests over the good interests of a nation.  Only a society given over to doing whatever was right in their own eyes could foster rampant corruption and thirst for power within its relationships and structures.  Only a society given over to seeking out and valuing ease and perfection could lose the meaning of the sacrifice of love and compassion.  A society that fails to defend the unborn child is a society that is destroying itself.

Does this mean I think hammer on the head tactics should be used in every discussion?  Of course not.  Tactics should be appropriate to the person and circumstances; but whatever form of persuasion or debate is used, there should be no compromise of truth.

I can understand weariness and the pain of dealing with broken lives. The battle is long, and it is hard.  I, and many others, would like it to be done, over and won.  But that is not where we are.  We are not each called to be on the front lines of this battle, nor are we usually called to fight it each hour.  We can rest, but we cannot retreat.  We cannot purchase a brief peace at the cost of life.

I want to quote something Ronald Reagan wrote that I’ll quote again at the very end.  He said,

…we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

This is a hill on which to die.

In Defense of Life: An Unalienable Right

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…With these words the American colonies declared their foundational understanding of God, man and natural law; God is acknowledged as both Creator and giver of rights to man who is set forth as equal in receiving them. These rights are therefore unalienable-inseparable from each person-and cannot be arbitrarily usurped by other men….

The foundational unalienable right is life….In abortion the unalienable right of life is arbitrarily taken from the child.

By endorsing the parents’ authority to decide if the unborn child shall live or die, the right to live is removed as an unalienable right to be secured by the government and instead becomes a right which the government can grant or remove at will.  The focus is on the choice of the abortion rather than on the morality of abortion….

In Defense of Life: Open Your Mouth For The Mute

So the mother of King Lemuel taught him.  Today Robert George is continuing to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves….

Open thy mouth for the dumb [mute] in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9

In Defense of Life and Liberty: “A Conflict of Visions”

Trig Palin has divided America.

Trig is a reminder of our fierce ambivalence over disability. Every mention of his name is a pinprick to our conscience. Every photo of mother and son is a reminder of concepts — vulnerability, dependency and suffering — our culture no longer tolerates, as well as virtues, such as humility, dignity and self-sacrifice, it no longer extols.

Trig is also a reminder of an inescapable truth: Disability is an inherent part of the human condition. At a time of deep cultural divisions, 1-year-old Trig Palin represents the deepest division of all, between a culture that increasingly sees genetic perfection as an entitlement and a culture still rooted in the belief that human beings are defined not by their capabilities but, instead, by the very fact of their humanity.

Our culture not only no longer wants to tolerate vulnerability, dependency and suffering, it has no understanding of the compassion and kindness necessary to care for the least among us nor of the depth these qualities add to our own character. The connection between humility, dignity and self-sacrifice and a regard for the value of other people is not made, nor is the detrimental effect of that lost connection to our own person known. When we no longer do justice or love mercy, we have lost ourselves….

In Defense of Life: “The moral test of government…”

“…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life—the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”

Hubert H. Humphrey, November 4, 1977

In Defense of Life: Roe v. Wade

…In 1983, President Ronald Reagan wrote Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation….

The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law — the same right we have….

The 1981 Senate hearings on the beginning of human life brought out the basic issue more clearly than ever before. The many medical and scientific witnesses who testified disagreed on many things, but not on the scientific evidence that the unborn child is alive, is a distinct individual, or is a member of the human species. They did disagree over the value question, whether to give value to a human life at its early and most vulnerable stages of existence….

I have often said we need to join in prayer to bring protection to the unborn. Prayer and action are needed to uphold the sanctity of human life. I believe it will not be possible to accomplish our work, the work of saving lives, “without being a soul of prayer.” The famous British Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, prayed with his small group of influential friends, the “Clapham Sect,” for decades to see an end to slavery in the British empire. Wilberforce led that struggle in Parliament, unflaggingly, because he believed in the sanctity of human life. He saw the fulfillment of his impossible dream when Parliament outlawed slavery just before his death.

Let his faith and perseverance be our guide. We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others, a value of which Malcolm Muggeridge says:. . . however low it flickers or fiercely burns, it is still a Divine flame which no man dare presume to put out, be his motives ever so humane and enlightened.”

Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

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H/T: Politico, Google Answers, National Review.

31 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 May 5 1:44 pm
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    RINOS, KOS PLANTS, AND ? ALL ON

    (you know)

  2. 2010 May 5 1:46 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Perhaps we are starting to see a change of heart. I recently read an article stating the pro-abortion forces are concerned about their falling support among younger people and are trying to interest men in the cause of “abortion rights.”

    If you look at the pro-abortion zealots, they appear to be primarily women between the ages of 40 and 70.

  3. 2010 May 5 2:00 pm
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    BC,

    Excellent point. Right now time is on our side. And I think it’s more in the 50-80 year range. You know that whole “hangers” mentality from the 1950s and 1960s. Eventaully the Gloria Steinhams/Cybil Shepards of the world will die off and the younger, less selfish, less man-hating, generation will take over.

  4. 2010 May 5 2:02 pm
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    Eventaully the Gloria Steinhams/Cybil Shepards of the world will die off and the younger, less selfish, less man-hating, generation will take over.

    EPH

    Unfortunately they will be gay males this time.

  5. 2010 May 5 2:03 pm
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    Some great threads on the board today folks. I’m quite proud.

  6. 2010 May 5 2:03 pm
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    “Unfortunately they will be gay males this time.”

    Not if a “gay gene” is discovered.

    no sir!!!!

  7. 2010 May 5 2:05 pm
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    Mary,

    Be on troll alert!

  8. 2010 May 5 3:08 pm
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    justrand permalink

    excellent thread, INC…thx! I’m going to put up another thread on something that is outrageous, versus choking this one with it…but make this one “sticky”, so it stays on top! 🙂

  9. 2010 May 5 3:43 pm
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    Ive noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.” – Ronald Reagan

  10. 2010 May 5 3:45 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Look at Canada. They were about 15 years ahead of the US on the abortion/feminist issue. Now? Much of the movement has died out due either to old age or more importantly lack of interest.

    The femnist movement was a one trick pony. Once near parity was achieved in the professions, and there was accomadation to woman’s issues in the corporations the need to ‘continue the fight’ was pretty much burnt out. The harpies now sound more like Leftists than feminists.

  11. 2010 May 5 4:06 pm
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    INC permalink

    There’s been quite a growth of pro-life groups among young adults, and they are very much in your face in their activism.

    Consider Lila Rose, President of Live Action, who has done such great work exposing the dark side of the abortion industry.

  12. 2010 May 5 4:19 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    OT,

    WaPo selling Newsweek? —

    The Washington Post Co. announced Wednesday that it has retained Allen & Company to explore the possible sale of NEWSWEEK magazine. The newsweekly, which has struggled in recent years, was launched in 1933 and purchased by The Washington Post Co. in 1961.

    Source: Newsweek.

    Consider that rag gone. Anyone looking at the books will quickly realize that profitable continuing operations as a pulp is hopeless. They hitched their star to the ‘O’ brand and it failed.

  13. 2010 May 5 4:57 pm
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    Where are all the BJG “conservatives” tonight???

    hhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm

  14. 2010 May 5 5:13 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Here I is!

  15. 2010 May 5 5:24 pm
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    14. LOL

    What about Jan and MFG ???

  16. 2010 May 5 5:30 pm
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    “Tebow’s Broncos jersey leads NFL sales for April”

    By RACHEL COHEN,
    AP Sports Writer

  17. 2010 May 5 5:33 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    MFG quit because we won’t love us some RINOs.

    Jan is with us, 60% of the time. She is not going to change, so be it.

    As usual, we will have to do the fighting while the moderates snipe at us and share our secrets with the lefties.

    Then they sit back and enjoy the freedoms that us fanatics preserve for them, all the while claiming how awful it is to have to live with us.

  18. 2010 May 5 5:37 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    When did a moderate ever win a battle for gun rights?
    When did a moderate ever win a battle for property rights?
    When did a moderate ever win a battle for speech rights?
    When did they ever for the right to life?
    For tax cuts?
    For free market medicine?
    For immigration enforcement?
    for life, liberty and property in any way?

    Hell when did a moderate ever FIGHT for these things, let alone win the fight?

    NEVER.

    The right does the fighting, while our dear moderate friends mock us and get in our way any way they can.

    Then they shake hands with the left and say ” whew, at least THEY are not in charge”

    But of course, we desperately need these moderates.

  19. 2010 May 5 5:38 pm
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    Yahoo:

    I just find it interesting that if you go back to previous post counts over a few days (at this exact time of day) you will see threads with 50 if not 75 posts. Yet we have this incredibly articulate thread on the foundation of conservatism and we have practially no posts (take my posts away and you might have 10???).

    Are they all out watching Los Suns ???????????????

  20. 2010 May 5 5:39 pm
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    INC permalink

    Thanks for the observation, Eph!

  21. 2010 May 5 5:41 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Why might this be? I think I know why.

  22. 2010 May 5 5:42 pm
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    INC,

    I now know who the true conservatives are at BJG.

    P.S. And remember how many threads were “bumped” below to highlight this thread.

    Just sayin ……………..

  23. 2010 May 5 5:44 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    There are very very few conservatives especially those who know why the right is right and the left is wrong, and will defend it to the last.

    The good news is there are huge numbers of Republicans, however. And they are here to help.

    As long as the Democrats don’t mind, that is.

    Brave souls, yes?

  24. 2010 May 5 5:45 pm
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    18. makes me want to stay home and not vote at all.

  25. 2010 May 5 5:47 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    When the time to defend our freedom finally comes, we few can all go out and get shot so our wonderful Republican party can re-nominate McCain, and Graham.

    Isn’t that fantastic? I think it is really fantastic.

  26. 2010 May 5 5:47 pm
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    INC permalink

    Keep fighting, Eph!

    This post and the other one I put up this evening, Canaries of Freedom, are in reality companion pieces. I began this one first, did most of the work on it and then worked on both in tandem.

  27. 2010 May 5 6:02 pm
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    INC permalink

    Both posts are quite long because I worked on them for several days, although this one contains more of my own writing. The topics fit together, because they are each indicative of the crisis that is occurring in the West. We have, in Melanie Phillips’ words, lost religious belief–and she doesn’t mean just any religion, she specifically mentions Christianity and the Hebrew Bible.

    As we have lost our faith, we’ve lost our backbone (we have no fear of God to stand for what is right, nor trust in Him to keep us as we persevere) and we’ve lost our respect for one another (morals is another way to put it).

  28. 2010 May 5 6:04 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, in the words of Leonidas we are all “Persian cowards”…

  29. 2010 May 6 7:58 am
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    beej permalink

    Excellent post, INC. Didn’t get to read it until today, but wow…you go girl!

    Reagan was and is…priceless. We need a memorial to him, you know?

  30. 2010 May 6 8:10 am
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    beej permalink

    I have long contented that when we (or rather when THOSE who) have so little concern for life that it can so easily be destroyed, then our conscience has been seared, has been killed. That is why I want to know which side a politician or judge stands on abortion…because I can’t imagine a person who is pro abortion has a clean conscience…or worse, their conscience is dead. If a person cannot make rational judgment concerning something as large and obvious as life and death, I don’t feel I can trust their judgment on the everyday matters.

  31. 2010 May 6 10:33 am
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    INC permalink

    Thanks, beej.

    I agree about a Reagan memorial. Meanwhile his legacy continues with his words and with those who remember him.

    That’s an excellent point about a seared conscience and judges.

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