So, this whole time I’ve been leading up to a grand finale for my week of pro-life blogging. We started off by talking about post-abortion survivors and how abortion affects children (and I didn’t even get into how abortion affects siblings of aborted babies…), and we continued with talking about how abortion affects the mother. My capstone piece was to be about how abortion affects us as a society, how it hardens our hearts, how it leads us to devalue life at all stages, but…
Then, last night, I read this article.
Wow. My first reaction was, “This is terrible. This is the worst. The lowest low, the most despicable….” After reflecting on how I wanted to respond to this, though, I realized something. This is a huge win for the pro-life movement. In fact, this article beautifully illustrates why the pro-life movement will win out in the end.
Mary Beth here is touting the new numbers put out by NBC’s latest poll, saying that 7 in 10 are against overturning Roe v. Wade, and a majority of Americans believe that abortion should be allowed in all or most cases. This, though, flies in the face of another study that’s been done by Gallup every year since 1995, asking Americans if they are pro-life or pro-choice, as well as supplemental questions. Spoiler alert: they say the number of pro-choice Americans is at a record low.
So, when the studies contradict, we’ve got to examine the methodology. Gallup makes it clear that the percentage of respondents who self-identify as Republican or Democrat has not changed since the study began, with 47% Democrats and 41% Republicans, the rest making up the independent category. Also keep in mind, Gallup is one of the most respected polling practices in the country.
NBC, on the other hand, polled 45% Democrat, 32% Republican, and 19% “strictly independent”. When we break down the strength of conviction, there were 22% strong Democrats to 13% strong Republicans. During the election season they were criticized for oversampling Democrats at outrageous rates, and it seems they’re at it again. These political leanings are not indicative of the political leanings in America.
Furthermore, the poll misrepresents what Roe v. Wade enacted, as even a brief Wiki read will tell you. 24 weeks is the minimum that Roe v. Wade said that abortion should be allowed, translated into legalese as “viability, even with extraordinary means.” So that’s very different from “just during the first trimester”.
So when the plurality of Americans (at 41%) say they don’t know enough about Roe v. Wade to make a judgment (read the study, they did), and then NBC misinforms them as to what Roe v. Wade did, can you really expect to get genuine numbers? You can’t. At all.
So, now we’ve gotten that silly straw man poll out of the way, we can get to the heart of the issue. “So what if abortion ends life? I’m the boss.”
…a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s 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.
She never says why, though. It just should. Alright then.
When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person.
No disagreements here; you do look silly when you do it. You said it well, Mary Beth.
But we make choices about life all the time in our country. We make them about men and women in other nations.
Ok, so you want to go to war with your fetus in defense of… what, exactly? The innocent? (I’m not saying that’s how we fight all our wars, but that is at least our justification and at best would be the only reason we went to war.)
We make them about prisoners in our penal system.
Liberals/Catholics alike are/should be against the death penalty in a first world nation like America that has the ability to confine prisoners as long as necessary.
We make them about patients with illnesses and accident victims.
*Sigh* First, euthanasia is every bit a vile as abortion, and is opposed in most states by a majority of citizens. Second, there is nothing wrong with your child (unlike an accident victim living on extraordinary means); if you left it alone in your body it would grow up fine. It functions as it is supposed to.
And I can say anecdotally that I’m a mom who loved the lives she incubated from the moment she peed on those sticks, and is also now well over 40 and in an experimental drug trial. If by some random fluke I learned today I was pregnant, you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion.
And so we arrive at the conclusion, in all its crass glory. This is what becomes wrong with our country, and I know most of you agree: a mother who doesn’t care if she kills her next child. She almost welcomes it. Surely I’m not the only person who sees this as deranged, bordering on sociopathic?
This is what a pro-abortion mentality does to our country. It hardens our hearts against the beauty of life. When you tell your friends you’re pregnant, their first reaction no longer is “Congratulations!” Their first reaction now is “Ohmigosh, how are you doing? Are you ok? How will your life continue?” The fact of the matter is that life is something to be celebrated at all stages, especially at its beginning, which as Mary Beth admits, is at conception.
She gives no reason for allowing the killing of a baby in utero other than that it “should” be allowed and “I want it” to be allowed. But at the end of the day, that’s really the only argument they have, (isn’t it?) especially when they admit that it’s ending life. I am truly at a loss for words.
But she’s not done yet.
And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.
What happened to the days that parents would lay down their life for their children? Do anything for them. Sacrifice anything for them, because gosh darn it they’re my damn kid and I love them with all my heart. Instead, let’s sacrifice the children, because my life is clearly worth more than theirs.