Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Years of Abortion

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Since that time, tens of millions of unborn children have been “legally” killed. This is a great travesty. Notice how the unborn have been dehumanized. This has always been the case throughout history to justify brutal treatment of whole classes of people. We look back with horror at this, yet, it is still in our midst.

How can I, an advocate of liberty, demand abortion be outlawed? Shouldn't I defend the right of women to do what they want with their own bodies? Abortion is, as I see it, murder. Libertarians never call for the freedom to do anything; we always place a condition on it: that the rights of others be not violated. Abortion violates the child’s right to life.

Most people agree parents don’t have a right to kill their young child, whether they be in the third trimester or already born. But some people draw the line at some point during the pregnancy. This is a completely arbitrary standard. The only non-arbitrary standard is conception.

That we have gone forty years with abortion on demand calls for real soul searching by the pro-life movement. Why haven’t we been successful? I would suggest, for one thing, our strategy is wrong. Under the Constitution, this is not a national issue. Ron Paul took the correct position during his campaign. He would get the federal government out of the abortion issue. That would free up many states to hopefully do the right thing and outlaw abortion.

It would be better to save lives in some states, instead of abortion continuing in all states while we wait many years hoping the SCOTUS will force everyone to change. Unfortunately, the best we can expect is a gradual change, because too many people don’t properly value human life and their minds must be changed. As with slavery, a “thirteenth” amendment outlawing abortion could be considered down the road when enough support was there, should that be necessary.

Republicans held complete control of the federal government during certain periods of the past forty years. It is to their eternal shame that they failed to make any serious efforts to curb abortion. Pro-lifers need to ask themselves some hard questions about their reflexive support for the GOP, given that forty years later we haven't gotten anywhere.

Let’s hope we don’t have to mark many more of these horrific anniversaries.

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