NOTE: This article previously appeared in the January 23, 2012, edition of SoapboxWeekly.com.
Sad Anniversary For Children
Every January 22, there is a commemoration of that day in 1973 when the
Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion. This decision was the watershed event and landmark event in the battle
over the dominant moral issue of our time. The battle, of course, is between those -- the pro-choicers -- who consider the
life of a child who is developing in the womb to be a choice and those -- the pro lifers -- who consider the life of a child
who is developing in the womb to be just that -- a child.
The pro-choicers claim that those who are pro-lifers
are trying to tell women what to do with her body. However, what the right-to-life position really is is nothing more than
the desire to give each child who is developing in the womb only the same opportunity that each person who is alive today
-- and those include those who are pro-choice -- had; and that opportunity is the opportunity to be born. Those who are pro-life
are asking for that and nothing more.
Those who defend the pro-choice position often say that it is always a
difficult decision for a woman to make. However, in all honesty, isn't abortion simply a decision of convenience more
often than it is a difficult one of conscience? Those who are pro-choice claim that the decision should be left to a woman
and her doctor. But how about the man? It is intellectually and argumentatively inconsistent to claim that the man has equal
responsibility to support the child after birth (which is correct) but has no say in whether or not to abort the child. Rights
and responsibilities should go hand-in-hand. But somehow, a man's rights magically disappear when it comes to abortion.
And the doctor? Is it his child? Aside from medical necessity in order to save the woman's life, what business is it
of the doctor's? (If the doctor is a man, it is an awful irony when one considers the fact that many pro-choicers complain
that those who legislate -- the majority of whom are male, should have no say in the abortion debate, unless he is an aiding
and abetting doctor.)
Again, let's simply give all children the chance that all of us, including pro-choicers,
had; and that is the chance to be born.