A Tyranny Called Abortion

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”- Robert F. Kennedy

41 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that the decision to proceed with an abortion was a fundamental right protected by the United States Constitution. It was one of the most polarizing court decisions ever made. And 41 years later, that moment is suspended simultaneously in honor and infamy, victory and tragedy.

Since 1973, over 57 million heartbeats have been silenced as a result of the “right” called abortion. These heartbeats of unique organisms, originating at conception after the union of two humans, who will become human babies if left unimpeded by us -- silenced. To put that number in perspective, around 70 million hearts were stopped worldwide because of World War 2.

Our culture celebrates Roe V Wade as a victory for human rights. But it is not a triumph. The amount of life lost since Roe v Wade is not something to be celebrated. Human rights for one person should not come at the expense of another. In fact, there is tragic irony in seeing Roe v Wade as a victory for human rights: it has effectively taken away the basic human right of being born in the name of protecting human rights. And what is a fight for human rights if a fight for human life is not at the center of it?

Fighting injustice is all about standing up to fight for those things/people that can’t fight for themselves. Injustice is always the result of one party/people group stepping on the rights of others because their position allows them to. It always preys on the weak, the vulnerable, the innocent, and the helpless. If we are to believe Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, then it is time we begin recognizing the historic and devastating injustice in front of us called abortion.

It is strange how good intentions can turn on themselves. That in a single moment you can win a decisive victory for one entity while setting in motion an even larger injustice on another. This is the paradox of a tyrannical act of freedom.

“It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters… unconscionable power” – Mother Teresa

We so often want to debate the politics of it, to be concerned with this specific situation and that one. And all the while, we are turning a blind eye to this one glaring fact: we are perpetrating an injustice on our children unlike anything the world has ever seen.

It is my dream that one day, our children and grandchildren will look back at this period in our nation’s history the same way we look at the great injustices of the past. And the names of those who stood up to fight for the rights of our unborn children will be memorialized and celebrated as those great women and men that would not stop fighting until they overthrew the tyranny called abortion.

“The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right -- it is the very opposite.” Pope Benedict XVI


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