Openly discussing abortion with your family and peers is daunting, and that’s thanks in large part to the social taboo of broaching the subject outside the context of politics. The mainstream media and abortion advocates have succeeded in construing abortion as primarily a political issue, which, by extension, ensures that it’s abstracted and impersonal. And in political conversations, the jarring realities of abortion are packaged within freedom jargon: “women’s reproductive rights,” the “right to choose,” and “termination of the pregnancy” – sterilized marketing slogans that deflect from the real devastation of the abortion choice.
Consider this: since 1973 when Roe v. Wade created the so-called right to elective abortion on demand in the United States, nearly 60 million children have been killed by legal abortion – and the death toll persists at over 1 million lives lost to abortion every year. So much for “safe and rare.”But abortion is actually the leading cause of death in America. Click To Tweet
To put that into perspective: the U.S. government reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, killing about 600,000 people each year. But abortion is actually the leading cause of death, and it kills almost twice as many.
Abortion’s pervasive hold on America is underscored by our nation’s permissive abortion laws. In fact, only six other countries allow abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. (And yes, abortion is federally legal in the United States throughout all nine months of pregnancy.) Those other nations, which include human rights abusers Communist China and North Korea, will do nothing to bolster America’s respectable memory when our modern abortion holocaust goes down in the annals of history.
Of course we must work within the framework of the legal system to protect preborn children from abortion. However, we should not expect abortion to end in the courts until it is ended in the minds and hearts of the American people.
Congress is not a leading indicator – it is a lagging indicator. In other words, whom we elect is a reflection of our society and its recent past, not a forecasting of our future. Therefore, laws follow culture, not the other way around. Overturning Roe v. Wade will be a consequence of our changing hearts and minds on abortion, not vice versa.
Though it’s hard to admit, abortion is currently legal in America because Americans either wanted it that way or were asleep at the wheel. And it will remain legal until the culture finds abortion reprehensible, wakes up, and says enough is enough.Abortion is not primarily a political issue; it’s a spiritual condition, and it’s a human rights holocaust. Click To Tweet
Abortion is not primarily a political issue; it’s a spiritual condition, and it’s a human rights holocaust. What we all have in common is our fundamental humanity; and without assenting to the right to life of every human being, we cannot logically assent to anyone’s humanity. It’s an all-or-nothing right.
As a niche interest, politics is a convenient destination for the abortion conversation. Many Americans would prefer to avoid political talk; and among those who do engage in political conversation, even fewer will broach the topic of abortion. But, as the staggering abortion statistics indicate, abortion is not a niche issue at all. Indeed, for every baby killed by abortion, there are countless others affected – mother and father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, doctors, nurses.
Abortion affects us all. When we say abortion is political, we give ourselves an out. We can wash our hands of our responsibility to care for mothers in crisis pregnancy situations. We claim it’s the government’s job. We can refuse to talk about it in public or in private, citing the oft-repeated, “We don’t talk about religion or politics.”
Bottom line? The fight to end abortion requires boldness, political incorrectness, and certainty of the objective moral principle that humanity renders us all equal and deserving of protection. Abortion isn’t going to be ended by the people who beg off the hard topics because they might make someone uncomfortable. Abortion is going to be ended by people who have the audacity to thwart the status quo and reject the notion that abortion is a “political issue.”