Let’s Celebrate Life – and Our Future Together
January 22, 2020 was the forty-seventh anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion. The March for Life in response to Roe was held this past Friday, and President Trump was the first President to attend the march in person. This anniversary not only marks that somber day when life was devalued, but it also shows just how radical the current democrat party has become.
Forty-seven years ago the Supreme Court created a “right” to abortion by reading in a right to privacy to the Constitution through the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments. This appalling decision is, by far, the most egregious example of the Supreme Court legislating from the bench; for not only did they create the “right” abort, but they have also had to form the contours of the decision in the face of resistance to this decision. Nearly half a century later, the Supreme Court is still faced with states rightfully challenging the scope of the decision to protect the most innocent among us, the unborn.
The decision is all the more striking because it was a sharp deviation from the morality of the day. Three years later Hubert Humphrey stated, “the moral test of a 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; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” While people can rightfully disagree on the method that is used to achieve these goals no one should disagree with the standard established in the quotation.
The moral test set forth by Vice President Humphrey, a Democrat, shows just how radicalized a portion of society has become today. The mantra of those in favor of abortion once was “safe, legal, and rare.” That has now been replaced by a cry for “abortion on demand without apology” and with taxpayer funding. This new mantra is well on the way to being the law of the land in many states. Perhaps no clearer example of this new mindset is found in what happened in Virginia. The legislature was debating a bill that would have allowed abortion on demand at all points, even after the mother was in active labor.
When questioned about the horrifying nature of the bill the governor of Virginia articulated an argument that even after birth life is not protected stating, “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that is what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion.”
Right now the mother is the sole decision maker in regards to abortion. The baby and the father have no say, and absent a HIPAA authorization the father is not allowed any information on his child. The verbiage of the statement is important – a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother – would deny both the baby and the father’s rights after the baby was born.
It is against this new moral – immoral – backdrop that the battle for life is waged. While the fight for life is couched in terms of bioethics and conscience rights that simply serves to cloud the picture. Roe allows a mother to kill her baby for any reason over the father’s objection. By that measure our government clearly fails the moral test set forth by Mr. Humphrey.
I am running to stand for life in contrast to the Democratic Party. When we devalue life in the womb it becomes easy to devalue life of the disabled and in the twilight years. We simply cannot stand by and let the increasingly radical Democrat agenda devalue life and subject ourselves to the risk that our life will be deemed insufficiently worth of protection at the end of our lives.