“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”
Those unbelievable and heart-breaking words were spoken by Alabama Representative John Rogers a day after the Alabama House of Representatives passed a law protecting unborn human life from abortion.
These words are horrifying. How can someone talk so callously about killing people?
And obviously, there are plenty of other problems with his comments. Perhaps chief among them is the claim that a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy only has two choices: to kill her baby or to resign her baby to a life of hardship. (Never mind that there are thousands of couples – if not more – waiting anxiously to adopt children into a loving home.)
But believe it or not, there is one thing that Rogers said with which I can agree.
During this speech, Rogers let the truth about abortion slip: Abortion, at its core, is the taking of a human life. Killing a baby in the womb is the same as killing a person later in life.
In the past, this has been taboo in the pro-abortion community. Abortion advocates have performed all sorts of verbal gymnastics in order to deny the ugly truth that abortion ultimately destroys a life.
- They’ve claimed that a pre-born baby is just a “clump of cells” or a “fetus” and is not truly a human life.
- They’ve described the practice of selling aborted baby parts as “tissue donation.”
- They’ve argued that what gives a pre-born baby humanity depends on its mother: If she wants the baby, it’s human. If she doesn’t, it’s not. (Don’t think about that too hard or you might get dizzy from the circular logic.)
- And they’ve called the killing of a baby in the womb “women’s healthcare.”
I could go on and on. But we’ve seen the mask start to slip.
With improving technology that gives us a glimpse into the womb, we’ve been able to see the development of human life in the womb better than ever.
And that means the conversation is shifting.
Abortion advocates can no longer deflect by saying that a pre-born baby is not a human. Now, they have to acknowledge the truth.
And once our culture starts justifying the taking of a human life in the womb, where does it stop? If it’s ok to kill a pre-born baby, what about a baby who has already been born?
Think I’m exaggerating? Think again. Recently, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia seemingly advocated for infanticide:
“If a mother is in labor...the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
The more we hear from abortion advocates like Rogers, Northam, and other state legislators that have advocated for abortion up until the moment of birth, the harder it is to ignore the truth: Abortion is life-taking, not life-giving.
That truth seems to be getting through to a majority of Americans who largely support restrictions on abortions. A recent Marist Study shows that 75 percent of U.S. adults oppose abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. And that percentage gets even higher as a woman enters the third trimester.
It’s our legislators that can’t seem to acknowledge that human life is worth protecting – even if it is “inconvenient” or “unwanted.” And that should terrify us all.