Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
On Wednesday, Salon.com published an article titled “So what if abortion ends life?”
It may be the most honest and disturbing depiction of how abortion advocates feel that I have ever read.
In this article the author, Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon, openly acknowledges that all unborn babies are people, regardless of their stage of development.
I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that it’s pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasn’t the same? Fetuses aren’t selective like that. They don’t qualify as human life only if they’re intended to be born.
But that doesn’t stop her from making this statement: “All life is not equal.”
Wow. That’s quite an assertion, and one that is not backed up by anything.
I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for her as she goes on to tell us that:
That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet 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.
So she rejects what she terms as “stupid semantic lines” regarding trimesters and terms, and instead decides that the criteria for whether a human life can be ended is whether they are “autonomous” and whether the one human (mother) is the “boss” of the other (baby).
So as much as she doesn’t like how she sounds, her logic inevitably leads to “kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers”. If the baby is not autonomous and can be killed, so then any other human who isn’t autonomous is also eligible for termination. So much for the elderly and mentally challenged, or anyone on life support.
This is no different than the designation Lebensunwertes Leben, life unworthy of life, used by the Nazis to euthanize the mentally retarded, mentally ill, and brain damaged.
Williams tries to provide some grounds for her assertions by telling us that “we make choices about life all the time in our country”, citing drone strikes on other countries, the death penalty for criminals, assisted suicide, and ending life support for brain dead accident victims.
She’s absolutely right that three of these are part of the culture of death in America, and other parts of the world. There’s probably a reasonable conversation to be had about the death penalty as currently administered by the state.
But we should be talking about ending these forms of violence, not using them as excuses for continuing it in abortion.
She ends with this chilling statement:
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.
Williams is either unable or unwilling to provide a clear reason for her argument that the unborn child’s life is worth less than the mother’s, so I will provide a clear statement of why she’s wrong.
Humans are made in the image of God, all (as even Williams somewhat acknowledges) equal in worth. So what indeed.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
(h/t Albert Mohler’s Daily Briefing)