I posted an article on Wednesday about Senator Tim Kaine’s abortion comments at the VP debate. I posed the question of whether Kaine would defend Andrea Yates who had killed her five kids by drowning them in the bathtub. As long as she had a doctor’s approval, would Kaine and other abortion proponents defend Yates’ “right” to abort her kids’ lives?
A few commenters weighed in, saying that the big distinction is that Yates’ five kids were persons Constitutionally protected under the law, and a fetus is not. Kind of like how slaves were not counted as persons, and therefore not afforded the same rights as others.
Of course, these same commenters shied away from another question posed in the article. We know abortion is legal, but should it be? A similar question was put forth by the abolitionists of old that finally saw an end to an absolutely evil institution.
But these pro-abortion commenters aren’t going to answer the question of whether abortion should be legal, because that delves into morality, a subject they would rather stay far away from. They’d rather focus on the fact that a small group of judges decades ago opined in a single case that it should be permissible based on a comically far-fetched and totally arbitrary interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The law now allows it (even though judges don’t make laws – they render opinions); therefore, it should be permissible; end of story. Again, kind of like slavery. The law allowed it, and therefore it should be permissible.
The thing is, judges are capable of making bad decisions. Even liberals will acknowledge that.
Abortion’s legality hinges on when a person becomes a person. Does a person become a person when his life begins? That would be the most logical. What liberals argue is that a human being doesn’t have Constitutional protections under the law, until after he or she is born. Why would they choose such an arbitrary time to grant someone personhood status? For the simple reason that it allows for “legal” murder. If the courts acknowledged that a person should be protected under the law from conception, then liberals would have no choice but to concede that abortion is murder, a crime which is still illegal in all 50 states.
Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards doesn’t know when a person should start being protected under the law. From CNS News:
Wagner said, “At what point does that child – or that unborn person, fetus – whatever you want to call it – at what point does that baby get the constitutional rights?”
“Well, I don’t really, actually – I don’t know that there’s an exact answer for that,” Richards replied.
“Because what the point is (inaudible) that women have and there are, as you know, restrictions on women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy – and when they can, but until a pregnancy is viable they have the right to make that decision.”
“I think it really, honestly that’s not the problem we are facing in America,” Richards continued. “What we are facing in America is the fact that women in many states have fewer rights to access basic health care. And again, I think it’s really important that we be honest here about birth control.”
They don’t have an answer for that question, because they know that either way, it’s problematic. If they say a person becomes a person upon birth, the obvious question is why? Their only answer at that point would be that “it’s just the way it is.” Kind of like slavery was.