Rare Candor from the Culture of Death
Posted in the Abortion Forum
#1 Feb 1, 2013
by Al Mohler
Is an unborn baby a life worth sacrificing? The question is horrifying, but the argument was all too real. In a recent article, Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon.com conceded what the pro-life movement has contended all along that from the moment of conception the unborn child is undeniably a human life. And yet, Williams argues that this unborn human life must be terminated if a woman desires an abortion. The child is a life, but, in her grotesque view,a life worth sacrificing.
The abortion rights movement has always had a problem with language. The average American still hears the world abortion with some degree of moral revulsion.... Early on, the abortion rights movement shifted its public argument to the language of choice a womans right to choose.
But to choose what?... What was demanded was the right to choose to kill the unborn child. This is the moral reality that was clouded and camouflaged by the pro-choice language.
In recent weeks leaders of Planned Parenthood disclosed that they are moving away from the pro-choice language because it just isnt working. Mary Elizabeth Williams agrees, saying that the change is long overdue. She argues that the pro-abortion movement has fallen prey to the sneaky, dirty tricks of the pro-life movement a movement she says has controlled the life issue for too long.
Then, in chilling candor, Williams proceeds to affirm that every single unborn child is a human life. But, her argument is not pro-life. Far from it.
In her words:
When we on the pro-choice side get cagey around the life question, it makes us illogically contradictory. I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of scraping out a bunch of cells and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of the baby and this kid. I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why cant we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that its pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasnt the same? Fetuses arent selective like that. They dont qualify as human life only if theyre intended to be born.
Williams skewers the pro-choice evasion. The fetus is a human life, she asserts every fetus, wanted or unwanted by its mother, planned or unplanned as a pregnancy. She even affirms that life begins at conception. But, she quickly argues, the fact that the unborn child is a human life doesnt mean that it should not be aborted.
Heres the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. Thats a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-pre cious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. Shes the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
So the mother and the child are both fully human, fully alive, and fully recognized as human life. But the mother can abort that human life within her for any reason or for no stated reason at all. Williams argues that the mother is an autonomous agent, whereas the unborn child is not.
In premeditated candor Mary Elizabeth Williams declares that the unborn child is a human life, but not a human life worthy of respect or protection....
She candidly calls the unborn child a human life, and then ends her argument with this a life worth sacrificing.
The Culture of Death is rarely so candid, but this is the undisguised logic behind the case for abortion rights. The unborn human baby is just a life worth sacrificing.
Read it and weep.
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