It is hard to fully comprehend how deluded our political and legal culture is over the issue of abortion. The United States in many ways has become a culture of death—a culture that embraces a mother’s murder of a child as a right, and then defends that right at all costs and against all logic.
Here are three examples of that.
- Colorado—where murdering a baby is not crime:
Last month a pregnant woman was attacked by a stranger, and her baby was cut out of her womb. The details to the crime are horrific (here is the CNN story, which is graphic and will not easily get out of your mind). The mom was in her eighth month of pregnancy, her baby was named Aurora, and Aurora did not survive.
Prosecutors in Colorado were considering charging the attacker with murder for Aurora’s death, but they came under intense political pressure from “women’s rights” groups not to, just as the media came under pressure to not use Aurora’s name in their coverage of the story. The logic was simple and revealing: if Aurora had a name, then maybe that might give women in their 8th month of pregnancy pause before they consider abortion. Moreover, if the attacker could be charged with murder, then how is that any different than what is done “legally” by late-term abortion doctors? So while the attacker will be charged for his violence against the mom, Aurora’s death will go unpunished.
Moreover, when legislators in Colorado tried to fix this obvious loophole in their laws, they proposed a law that would make it a crime to attack a woman and forcibly rip her baby from her. But the pro-choice movement in Colorado pushed back hard against the legislation. Even though the law that was being considered specifically exempted abortion providers and mothers, the pro-abortion movement was not satisfied. Here is perhaps the most revealing quote from the political action committee for the pro-choice movement in Colorado:
— NARAL Colorado (@NARALColorado) April 20, 2015
In case it’s not clear, they meant that quote as an explanation for why the law should be rejected (here are five other examples of these types of pro-death policies that are mainstreamed in our politics).
- The pro-abortion movement is anti-science
The current abortion laws in country flow out of the scientific ambiguity of pregnancy in the late 1960’s. As I’ve said before, reading Roe v. Wade is like reading a treatise from the flat-earth society. From the invention of the trimester approach to defining viability, to a total confusion about where babies come from, the entire opinion is a hot mess.
But since then, science has not been held hostage by pro-abortion movement. Ultra-sound machines, in-utero surgery, and other medical miracles have fundamentally changed the way we understand pregnancy.
But don’t tell this to anyone in the pro-abortion movement. In fact, if you were to ask a pro-abortion leader or politician this basic question: “When does human life begin?” you would be shocked at their answer. Basically they have no idea where babies come from. If they grant that life begins in the womb, then they would logically have to grant that the life is human, and thus ending it would be murder. Instead better to act as if there just really is no scientific consensus on what is happening in there.
- The pro-abortion movement would rather see women harmed than abortion limited
The result of this confusion is a culture that profits of the harm of vulnerable women. Until today, a bill in the Senate that would provide aid to victims of human trafficking was held up by pro-abortion senators, because it didn’t also pay for abortions for those victims. Better to let them suffer in virtual slavery than help them, unless that help comes with an abortion.
Along those same lines, consider the crimes done by Gosnell. Despite several appeals to authorities for help, his clinic was allowed to operate and literally kill women because any intervention would have been seen as limiting abortion.
Just this week in Chicago, a judge ruled that an abortion clinic that was shut down (for doing things like storing fetal remains in the fridge, failing an inspection and killing a mother) was allowed to reopen by paying a $77 fine because they simply changed their name. In other words, women will continue to be harmed there, but no biggie.
I maintain that the cultural war over abortion cannot last forever. As science advances, as more moms (and politicians) see ultra-sound machines, and as the hypocrisy of the “women’s rights” movement continues to be exposed, something has to give. I really believe that future generations (if the Lord tarries) will look back on this era of American history with sheer disbelief. They will ask “how could people have been so malicious towards society’s most vulnerable?”
Pray for that day to come sooner rather than later.