If you were able to go back to the language of the original abortion debate circa 1973, you might be surprised at the language people used. One key term stands out–child. Another is baby. Baby and child were the terms used in the 1960s and 70s to describe the victims of abortion. They were not called fetuses (which is a Latin word for “little one”)
They were, to people on both sides of the argument–human babies.
Now, 30 years later, the dismal, dehumanizing effects of abortion have begun to be evident in the crimes against children our society sees now.
I say sees now, but I mean looks the other way.
I know this because it has happened to my children as well as precious children like Toryn Buckman or Jessica Ridgeway. When children are the victims of crime people do not want to read, see, or feel the agony that comes with abuse. As a child advocate I have been told by pediatricians and social workers to shut up.. Talking about this makes people uncomfortable.
The fundamental issue in abortion is only wanted children have value
That means the unwanted ones….(still have value, we just refuse to acknowledge it). A baby conceived by rape is still a valuable human being. Same with girls in general. Same with Down’s babies. All of us have the same priceless measure in the eyes of God.
But for 30 years we have been convincing ourselves that millions of beautiful children aren’t valuable.
It has created a deadly lapse in our collective thinking. We would rather blame the parents of crime victims for what has been done to them. We would rather believe it could not happen to us. They made a fatal mistake we will avoid– we will make more money, live in the right place, our kids will be smarter than theirs.
None of this is logical nor does it keep our children safe.
If we are ever to make our country safe again for our children we must see all children as precious– more precious than our jobs, cellphones, free time. And most of all–more precious than our lethal complacency.
I am almost in full agreement with you here, except for the part about intimating a full-stop law against abortion, and the part about born children being at increased risk of abuse due to current abortion laws and regulations.
“What can we do to help you have this baby? What can we do to help you raise this baby? What can we do to help this baby-then-child-then-adult be loved and cared for?” Excellent.
You are a bigger person than I am: I am raising two children, two (so far) easy-to-raise children, with a partner who has his act together, and in full support of an extended family who also have their act together, in a neighborhood of very similar families. I have not stretched myself beyond that. I admire you immensely. Massively.
For years I have heard people shop the rape/incest story as the defacto reason for abortion. Now the hypothetical scenario is too much like real life to me.
Charles did rape my children and is capable of great harm. But i cannot believe aborting him would have been the right answer and I would be heartbroken if my daughter were to destroy a baby. Abortion simply is not a remedy.
I agree with you-we all should be helping people to be good parents not politicizing it