An e-mail from a friend containing an opinion on abortion prompted my rely as follows. I will omit the friends name out of courtesy.
Hello my friend,
We disagree on so many things, and on so many levels, and perhaps it is unlikely either will be persuaded by arguments contrary to what we hold as core beliefs. Nevertheless, I would like to present to you an apologetic on an issue I know we have very deep and fundamental beliefs. I do
this out of respect; for you, but also for the truth. That issue is abortion.
In your recent response to an e-mail from me you
stated the following:
“Neither the Republican party nor the Tea Party care at all about the well being of the lower undeserving 95% of Americans. The ideology is propped by the anti-women smoke screen of a women’s right to choose, and the real goal that the upper 1 or 2% must be given all the benefits of the economy and that business must be totally unfettered by regulation of any kind.”
I am including a link here to an article in which the paths of two men, one a doctor, and the other a journalist, are tracked. I ask you to read this, and also to ponder carefully what is being said in the article. I know the article is from the Conservative site Townhall.com, but as you have said previously, a stopped clock is right twice a day. Then consider my own assessment of the issue. I said above that I send this to you out of respect for you, and also for the truth, and on this issue, truth can be discovered, and in an unambiguous sense. Here goes:
The issue of abortion is about, well, abortion.
The issue is not about women’s health, it is about, well, abortion.
The issue is not about women’s rights, it is about, well, abortion.
The issue is not about a women’s right to choose, it is about, well, abortion.
I repeat, The issue of abortion is about, well, abortion.
So what is abortion?
My assertion is that:
Abortion is the taking the life of an innocent human being without due process of law.
The scientific, biological case:
The object of the abortion is alive. It has never been dead.
The object of the abortion is a human being. It has never been anything else, not a monkey, a frog, a tree or any other kind of living being.
The object of the abortion is a human being, distinctively different from the mother.
The object of the abortion, having never lived in the “real” human world, is as innocent as one could possibly imagine.
The medical technology case:
The advent of the sonogram clearly shows human life at very early stages of a pregnancy.
The Legal/Constitutional case:
The Declaration of Independence:
” … We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Preamble: ” … secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. …”
Article III. Section 2.
” … The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law
have directed. … ”
Fourth Amendment– Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not
be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Fifth Amendment – due process
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the defendant.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused
shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury
of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,
which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed
of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses
against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor,
and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Eighth Amendment – cruel and unusual punishments
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments
So you see, in spite of the Roe v Wade case, the case
is clearly made that Abortion is the taking the life of
an innocent human being without due process of law. Supreme Court cases have been wrong in the past, and in fact have been overturned on occasion.
But what about the women? you ask.
I do care abut women’s rights. As a Christian, and an American, I take seriously the rights of all Americans. But the abortion issue is about abortion.
The issue of women and abortion is on a different level, and it is important. Abortion, even the contemplation of abortion, is something that I as a man will never experience. But I can, as a caring human being, come alongside women who do confront this issue all too frequently. We must help them, but in ways consistent with a view that life itself is sacred, a gift from a living God who created each of us, and cares about our well being.
Conflating the issues of abortion and women’s rights confuses both. If we can look the pro life view straight in the eye as I have argued above, then we can begin to tackle the very real women’s
issues that spawn from the abortion issue itself.
Why is it that we refuse to the unborn the assumption of” innocence untill proven guilty” that we give to the criminally accused?