Thomas Jefferson said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”
Fast forward over two centuries, and our country looks nothing like Jefferson’s ideal.
I’ve been exploring what it means to be human recently. The abortion epidemic is, after all, centered on the erroneous belief that human life in the womb is somehow worth infinitely less than human life outside the womb. And our country’s devaluation of human life is based primarily on whatever our whims and whimsies are.
Every 25 seconds in America, an innocent human baby loses his or her life to abortion. That’s approximately 3,500 babies killed each and every day…all while our society sits idly by.
However, if these babies had already been born, the stories of their deaths would be completely different.
I wrote a few months ago about the way our society goes to great lengths to investigate the deaths of children outside the womb and to punish those responsible. We grieve these children and sometimes put new laws into place as a response, doing all we can to protect more little lives from being hurt or cut too short.
The outcomes for the born and pre-born are grievously inconsistent because there are two sets of rights in our country – one full set for those outside the womb, and another extremely minimal set for those inside the womb.
And yet, the human babies are the exact same people, no matter their stage of development. Looking at an embryo during an incredible 4D ultrasound, it is undeniable…
The body that we see moving around inside the womb is made up of the same DNA, same number of chromosomes, and same genetic makeup as it is outside the womb.
The heart that we hear beating started pumping only days after conception and is the same heart that will beat at birth.
The feet that we watch kick are the same feet that will kick a soccer ball in a few years.
The mouth is the same mouth that will one day smile at their mother and laugh at jokes.
Why do we so arrogantly declare that this beautiful baby – this tiny human being – is not important? Why do we create false thresholds of when this baby is considered human enough and physically developed enough to have the right to live and be protected under law?
We humans are endowed with special privileges from our Creator, but we don’t have the right to undermine the value of a whole group of people. And we certainly don’t have the right to kill them.
When we accept this as a normal part of society, we head down a twisted, foolish path. Even if we accept it out of naivety.
I have talked with many people who believe that abortion is a permanent fixture in our country. A blemish, but one that can’t be changed.
They are wrong.
Abortion can become unthinkable and unavailable in America.
It’s not a far-fetched idea or an unrealistic hope.
A look back into America’s history shows us how courage, love, and awareness can change public perception and stop injustice. From the freedom of the slaves and women gaining the right to vote, to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, our country is filled with examples of Americans successfully fighting – often times against the odds – for the rights of oppressed people.
I believe that abortion will be made unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetime, with people recognizing that all humans – pre-born and born – have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Human Coalition works tirelessly toward that end as we walk with women and men as they choose LIFE for their babies. But we can’t do this without you.
The oppressed in this fight for LIFE are silent. As they develop in the womb, they can’t speak up to defend themselves. They need our voice to show the world that they are not just “tissue” or a meaningless group of “cells,” but real human beings. They need us to demand their rights.
As we celebrate the National Sanctity of Human Life Day on Sunday, I ask that you join with us in being a voice for the pre-born. Together we will make a life-saving difference through taking a stand for what’s right.
We press forward to educate the masses that these human beings are made in God’s image and full of promise and purpose.
Humans who deserve our protection.
Humans who deserve legal rights.
Humans who deserve LIFE.
Be their voice.