How many times have you heard someone say or seen a comment on social media that basically said “if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one”?
These sentiments were echoed on a recent episode of The View. During a disturbing conversation about the Trump Administration’s plans to expand religious protections in the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate, which also featured Joy Behar comparing pro-lifers to the Taliban, co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Do what you need to do for your family, let me do what I need to do for mine, and we’ll all be fine.”
While that may sound good to some, the reality is that these types of comments take the “live and let live” mentality to an alarming and dangerous end. After all, we are an interconnected society and a nation founded on natural law and religious freedom. To live peacefully in America, we are expected to discern right from wrong (which are not subjective concepts) and act accordingly. And for people of faith, that means being free, as protected by the Constitution, to live our lives according to our sincerely held religious beliefs.
Consider the case of Zubik v. Burwell. If you remember, the case involves five Christian colleges represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, and other religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, which objected to the abortion-pill mandate because it forced them to provide abortion-inducing or contraceptive drugs through their healthcare plans.
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a ruling against these religious groups that subjected them to crippling fines, and sent the consolidated cases back to the lower courts. In doing so, they urged the parties to explore a solution that doesn’t violate the religious freedom of these organizations.
The people who oppose these religious groups and the Trump Administration’s recent efforts to protect their religious freedom, such as the women of The View, like to pretend that it is an issue of control—hence Behar’s disgusting comment about the Taliban. But for these groups, and other people who are pro-life, abortion is a matter of life and death. There is no gray area when it comes to ending a child’s life in the womb; a life that science shows begins at the moment of conception. Abortion is killing—plain and simple.
When you recognize such a truth, and when there is that much at stake (is killing innocent babies right or wrong?), you are then faced with a choice. Do you sit by and let the killing continue without opposition? Do you fold to the government’s demands that you help facilitate this killing? Or do you do whatever you can, to not only have nothing to do with such a horrific practice, but to save innocent lives?
Opposing abortion is not an act of control or hate, but of compassion and justice. Compassion for the lives that are inextricably affected, most notably the child in the womb and the mother carrying that child, and justice when an innocent life is taken.
That’s why the pro-life community opposes Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions.
Per the organization’s recently released annual report, in 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood facilities committed a total of 328,348 abortions—or 1 abortion every 1.6 minutes. And they made an impressively sickening profit off of it. In that same fiscal year, Planned Parenthood boasted excess revenue of $77.5 million and net assets totaling over $1.5 billion. And yet they continue to serve fewer customers and provide fewer non-abortion services.
And while Planned Parenthood supporters like to say that they are essential to women’s health because they provide contraception or cancer screenings (services that are more widely available to low-income women via federally qualified health centers), abortion is what keeps Planned Parenthood in business and their leadership rolling in the dough.
So does an organization like that deserve our tax dollars? It shouldn’t be hard to understand why the pro-life community doesn’t think so.
That’s why the comments on The View were so disappointing and insulting.
Comparing the pro-life community to terrorists is intellectually lazy and blatantly false. It shows a refusal to even begin to comprehend that the violence taking place in abortion is being committed against children in the womb. And it fails to acknowledge that there are those who think that laws that compel people of faith to facilitate or participate in such violence, or to give our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to a billion-dollar company that does, is unjust.
It’s high time that our society starts to think about what we’re willing to sacrifice for the hollow rhetoric of the “live and let live” movement. Because history shows that a nation that ignores the plight of its most vulnerable citizens and a culture that fails to recognize the inherent dignity of human life isn’t far off from tyranny and self-destruction.
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