I hope that the headline captured your attention.
I work at a college, and when the most recent issue of the student newspaper came out I noticed a piece called “Banning Abortion.” I won’t state the school or the author to protect the author’s privacy, but I was simply saddened by some of the statements within the piece.
The piece begins by admitting that the debate about abortion is often emotional no matter what side of the aisle you fall on, and that there is real wisdom to be found in the emotional and philosophical arguments. But the author seeks to revere abortion apart from these types of tactics from “a more calm, level-headed perspective.”
The article states facts obtained from Planned Parenthood about the number of women who will have had abortions (30% by the age of 45, with many having had multiple abortions). The author also states that according to Operation Rescue, 1.21 million abortions occur in the US each year (out of about 6 million pregnancies). The point of the article is to paint a bleak picture of what banning abortion would do to our economy.
The author makes the assumption that with an additional 1.21 million unwanted children each year, this would create a large surge in foster children and would drive women to seek illegal and dangerous abortions. Let’s not ignore the fact that legal abortions are not always safe (think Kermit Gosnell), and the FACT that pro-aborts constantly oppose any laws that seek to force abortion clinics to maintain minimum safety standards. The opposition by abortion groups to common-sense laws and their often successful attempts to get them overturned are one of the very reasons that Measure 1 is on the ballot in North Dakota this election. It is unbelievable how vehemently pro-aborts oppose safety regulations out of fear that the regulations will shut down abortion clinics. It is clear that they don’t care about the safety of women in abortion clinics. They don’t truly care about women who might be forced into the infamous coat hanger abortions. They only care about championing the slaughter, and silencing any kind of opposition.
The author goes on to cite the HHS statistic that says that there are around 400,000 children in the foster care system. This is probably more or less true. But then the author engages in fearmongering by immediately jumping to the worst case scenario: what if all the women who would have aborted now give up their children for adoption instead. The influx would quadruple the number of children in the foster care system. Of course, it is highly unlikely that if abortion were illegal, an additional 1.21 million children would end up in the foster care system. In a nation where life was held in high esteem and sex was properly respected, there might be a decrease in unintended pregnancies due to less careless sex. When you know there is no back up to clean up your little mess, you might be less likely to engage in careless sexual intercourse (of course the author strongly doubts it would have any effect). The author also fails to recognize that some abortions are the result of coercion, and that some women deep down really want to keep their babies, but outside influences like parents, boyfriends, or even the police encourage women to abort. Some women may also simply have abortions out of convenience, but if there weren’t that convenience, they would keep their children. Now by what percentage this would reduce the number of children who would have been aborted who will end up in foster care, I can’t say, but it certainly would not be 1.21 million.
In any case, the alarmism comes out in full swing. According to afamilyforeverychild.org, it costs $26,000 to care for one child in foster care each year. This would total an additional $31.5 billion a year to provide for these children. Of course, finding homes for all these children would be next to impossible, so this number would actually rise more due to all the unhomed children. Furthermore, it is argued that foster children don’t always get the attention that they need and as adults are more unstable, more likely to end up on welfare or turn to crime. The overflooding of the foster care system with would-be abortion victims would unfairly lower the quality of life for all.
And this is where the abortion lobby really shows its true colors. The value of life is determined by your quality of life, the potential quality of life. If it is just and good and necessary to murder an unborn child because they might have a less than luxurious life, how is it not just to murder a child or an adult who actually has a less than luxurious life? You’ve already stated that their life isn’t worth as much. You’ve already stated that the cost of caring for them is too burdensome on society. Aren’t there born people who’s costs to society are too burdensome? The elderly, the imprisoned, the unions, the politicians? Should we murder those people? And if we can’t justify spending $26,000 a year to provide for a child, how can we justify the extravagant waste of the our federal, state, and local governments? Is running a museum of African Art or even American History on the National Mall more valuable than the life of one American?
When we start turning the worth of a human person into a matter of dollars and cents, we truly diminish the dignity of every man, woman, and child that lives in this nation, especially when we say that we are willing to spend money on the extravagant, but would rather murder the unwanted and burdensome if it meant going without.
This is what the abortion lobby is really all about. Its not about women or women’s rights. It’s not about showing “mercy” through the slaughter of children who may or may not have the life that someone else deems as worth living. It is a matter of selfishness. It is an unwillingness to make sacrifice as an individual or as a group. And it is the oldest lie in the book. A lie straight from the devil himself. It is the exact opposite of the example of Jesus and anyone who tries to say that it is a showing of Christlike mercy is a terrible liar and we can only hope that they are only seriously misinformed and not maliciously evil in their falsehood.
Persons are worth more than the riches of the world. Persons are worth more than the American Dream. Each person is worth the very value of the life of God. We must, as God’s people, work tirelessly in prayer and education to end the practice of abortion.