By faith, I am a pro-life person. I believe in the sanctity of life, I believe that life begins at conception. I believe that abortion is one of the top 3-4 scourges facing humanity today. The number of abortions that occur in this country every day disgusts me.
A lot of things disgust me.
The number of children that die every day (every minute) due to preventable disease and hunger disgusts me. Knowing how many of those deaths we could prevent with the same $$$ provided in the bailout disgusts me even more. (I won’t tell you, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Look it up and do the math – if you can avoid throwing up check to see if you still have your soul).
That we have an administration that thinks that civil rights have contextual application disgusts me. Hint – the Patriot Act is not very patriotic – at least I think the original patriots would have voted no. Another hint – the Protect America Act is not titled the Protect Americans Act for a reason. The end does not justify the means (remember that phrase – it is a corollary to tanstaafl).
That there are people on death row not just because they were guilty, but because they were guilty AND black disgusts me.
That otherwise well-meaning Christians think “there ought to be a law” is a Christian value disgusts me. I don’t understand how Christians can look at our “choice” of faith, and think that a proper display of our faith is to order people around.
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger
In theory, the goal of the Pro-Life movement (please notice the caps, they are important) is to bring about the end of abortion in the United States. I think we can call the pursuit of this goal an unmitigated failure. Since Roe v. Wade, there have been about 50,000,000 abortions in this country. I doubt that number really means anything to you, so let me put it into perspective. Take how many people you know. Use whatever scale you want – friends, good friends, business acquaintances, whatever. Now divide that number by six. What number did you come up with? On average, that is the number of people you would have known if they had been born.
Sure, organizations like National Right To Life would like to have you believe that a 25% reduction in the number of abortions since the high in 1990 is a success (1), if you want to call a reduction to 1,200,000 abortions/year a success. I’ll be generous and even give them credit for the full 25% coming from three pieces of case precedence – Webster (1989), Akron (1990), and Casey (1992) (2). Essentially these three cases affirmed the rights of parents to be involved in medical decisions of their minor children, and didn’t require new legislation.
In reality, it would be difficult to gauge how much of the decline is due to case law, and how much is due to safer-sex practices – particularly the increase in condom use due to a greater fear of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. Legislation/Case Law does not explain the increase in abortions in each year from 1973 to 1980, nor does it explain the plateau seen from 1980 to 1990 (but the economic concepts of increases in suppliers explains the first, and a plateau suggests that an economic equilibrium was reached). It also does not explain the continued drops in abortions performed in the years after 1992. Presumably the effects of case law would be fully realized within a year or two – what would explain the continued drop, and was that explanation present in 1990 when the drops were first observed?
The improvement in performed abortions since 1990 has been marginal each year. There hasn’t been any significant case law/legislation since then. Even if we discount every single other factor, it would be hard to consider the Pro-Life movement a success.
There is the past, in a truncated Reader’s Digest version of a nutshell. Over the next couple of posts I will explore future implications of the Pro-Life movement both on Abortion and on the Body of Christ, alternative strategies, and how all of this relates to the current presidential candidates – Sens. Obama and McCain.
A new blog, I might as well start with something easy, right?