The past weeks have been painful ones for our country as we have seen supporters of abortion rights push their agenda to the farthest limit.
First, we witnessed the grotesque scene of the Governor of New York and pro-abortion legislators celebrating the passage of a bill that will inevitably result in a death warrant for some infants who have the misfortune of being conceived in the state of New York. New York City is already the most dangerous place in the country for a child to be conceived. The new law allows for third trimester abortions if the ‘practitioner’ determines that it is in the best interest of the life and health of the mother. Because there is no medical standard set for ‘the life and health’ of the mother, proponents of the Reproductive Health Act readily admit that the psychological or emotional stress at the very moment of giving birth could warrant an abortion.
Secondly, this was followed by a failed bill that by admission of the Governor of Virginia would allow for a child to be delivered and ‘kept comfortable’ until such time as the mother and a doctor decided if the child should live or die. When his very own description of what the bill would allow was labeled as ‘infanticide’ the governor objected to the callous and unfair treatment he was receiving in the press.
This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue. It is not left or right issue. It is an issue of human rights. The former Governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey once said, “I did not get my pro-life belief from my religion class in a Catholic school, but from my biology and U.S. Constitution classes. At a time when animals on the endangered species list have greater protection under the law to give birth to offspring than a human being, something is terribly wrong. We look at our society today and many of us lament the violence and vitriol that have become so prevalent. I think of the prophetic words of Mother Teresa who once said, “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, wars and hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?”
The events of the past weeks have drawn back the curtain on the intentions of proponents of abortion. Far from being “safe, legal and rare”, the agenda is for unlimited abortion up to and including the moment of birth.
An attempt to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. Senate failed early in February. This act would require doctors to provide medical care to a baby who survives a botched abortion attempt. Opponents to the ban argue that new-born children already have enough protections under existing U.S. laws.
The question facing us is this: Does human life have an intrinsic value or is the value of a human being’s life dependent upon the value that parents or doctors or legislators place on that life? If it is the latter, is anyone safe?
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