I was scrolling through my Twitter, as I do every day when I came across an article by Lindy West, published in the New York Times, called “Of Course Abortion Should Be a Litmus Test for Democrats.” I knew what I was getting myself into when I clicked on the link, but I decided to read the article anyway. I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll learn something from reading someone else’s point of view.’ Well, I was dead wrong.
I don’t remember how many times I read the article, but every time I did, I became more and more dispirited. I remember sitting there and just thinking to myself, “how could individuals actually think like this? How can they just speak of the murder of children as if they were just throwing away food that they didn’t like?” Reading the article gave me a solemn reminder that this issue is not just about Republicans being pro-life and Democrats being pro-choice. This is about the life of a child and the freedom that has been taken away from millions of people in the name of “women’s rights.”
The Left has been getting more and more blatant about their disregard for human life in recent years. For example, when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan recently stated that the party will continue to fund the campaigns of pro-life Democratic candidates, half of the Democratic Party threw an absolute fit, causing a split between moderate and progressive Democrats over this display of genuine tolerance. Many Democrats gasped for air and demanded to know why in the world he would state that the Democratic Party would continue to fund candidates who oppose the murder of innocent babies.
Even Bernie Sanders, one of the more radical members of the Democrat Party, agreed with Chairman Lujan, saying, “You just can’t exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.”
However, other Democrats such as Lindy West vehemently disagreed with Senator Sanders, saying, “There is no recognizable version of the Democratic Party that does not fight unequivocally against half its constituents’ being stripped of ownership of their own bodies and lives. This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for. To legislatively oppose abortion is to be, at best, indifferent to the disenfranchisement, suffering and possibly even the death of women…To be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint. And if the Democratic Party does not stand for any of those things, then what on earth is it?”
Well to answer her ending question of what would happen to the Democratic Party if it were to begin to stand against abortion rights: It would become a party that would be standing up for the defenseless children who are being stripped of the ownership of their own bodies and lives. So, the comparison of being in favor of abortion to being in favor of human rights is not only inaccurate but goes against the most basic inherent human right, which even according to the United Nations, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and other organizations alike, is the right to life.
Of course, when Lindy West speaks of the Democratic Party’s constituents being stripped of “ownership of their own bodies and lives,” she’s not speaking of the babies who are torn apart from inside their mother’s womb, limb by limb. She instead is speaking of the women who are in favor of abortion or who are pregnant and decide they don’t want to be “burdened” by having a child. And when she speaks of the “possible death of women,” she’s not speaking of those baby girls who are being aborted every day. She’s speaking of her and her constituent’s own selfish desires.
People like West don’t consider a fetus to be a child unless of course, the mother wants to keep it. Just that simple urge to keep the child somehow magically transforms it into a baby. Democrats argue that since the fetus is dependent on the mother, it is not actually its own person. Well, science may be starting to prove these people wrong.
Science is looking to prove that unborn babies are in fact their own separate being, which would mean that they are entitled to the most basic of human rights, something that half of the Democratic Party dreads. There are several medical procedures that can be performed on an unborn baby while still in the womb, and “as a result of these medical advances, the fetus is increasingly being treated as independent of its mother and thus as a viable human being,” says Arthur Goldberg, director of the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. Goldberg also stated, “The fact that the fetus is a patient—treated separately from the mother—points to the reality that he or she is a separate living human being who should be valued as a person with legal standing.”
Even abortionists “cannot allow any of this evidence to interfere with their belief that, far from being a gross violation of human and natural rights, abortion is, in fact, a positive good not just for women but for society at large,” says Miles Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Regent University. “Rather than a person with human dignity made in the image and likeness of God, the unborn child becomes a clump of cells or, at best, a ‘potential person’ who does not yet have any constitutional rights.”
The fact of the matter is that the unborn child undoubtedly deserves its own rights. A fetus is scientifically proven to be a living being, so it is inconceivable how fighting for the right to kill it is a human rights issue, or that it is somehow morally indefensible to be pro-life. Fighting against abortion is a human rights issue, not the other way around.
To make matters worse on those who are pro-abortion, there are even several studies that have proven unborn babies feel excruciating pain during abortion procedures. Yet, progressives are pushing for more extreme ‘abortion for all and on demand’ policies like in Oregon.
Our Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And the most fundamental of those rights is the right to Life, because, without it, the others are irrelevant. By supporting abortion, you are stripping away not only the unborn child’s right to life but also denying them the same fundamental humanity that you are trying to protect. Therefore, arguing that abortion is not up for compromise or debate, even within the Democratic Party, is ludicrous and explicitly contradictory to what this nation stands for.
But according to West, “Abortion is normal. Abortion is common, necessary and happening every day across party lines, economic lines and religious lines.”
I don’t know any simpler way to put this, but hearing a person say that the murder of innocent children is ‘normal,’ ‘common,’ and ‘necessary,’ is unsettling. Over 59 million unborn babies have been murdered in the United States since Roe v. Wade. It may be happening across party, economic and religious lines, but according to Pew Research Center, 65% of Republicans believe abortion should be illegal compared to 75% of Democrats who believe it should be legal. While 70% of white evangelicals believe abortion should be illegal, 80% of religiously unaffiliated Americans say abortion should be legal. When you take a deeper look at the rest of the numbers, you’ll see that Americans, white or black, rich or poor, young or old, are deeply divided on the issue of abortion.
Abortion is not just an issue of what women can and can’t do with their bodies, as progressives want to lead society to believe. Abortion is about the life of the unborn. Progressives can hide behind the guise of its current legality, but they can’t hide from the truth which is that everyone is made in the image and likeness of God.
Abortion, simply stated, is the rejection of the humanity and freedoms that each person deserves, born or unborn. From our Declaration of Independence to our Constitution, it is stated that we shall never “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property.” To ensure that these freedoms are preserved for all, we must continue to fight for the lives of innocent children and ensure they are protected from the hands of those who don’t value their lives.
Life is the most fundamental of our rights as human beings, and nothing the Left says will ever make that untrue.