Kill Those Babies Shouldn't Be Us--But it Is

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Roe vs Wade entered the American consciousness as a remedy to allow women legal access to abortion in dire situations--when pregnancy might cause death, or when pregnancy was the result of sexual assault. Glommed on to by feminists, the left, and celebrities, abortion became a "right," although the first right granted by the Constitution is the right to life.
The inevitable outcome of the cheapening of a baby's life is a cheapening of life across all populations--seen clearly in the new rallying cry of middle, high and early college students when debating abortion--a cry of "Kill Those Babies!"
Is that the best we can aspire to?


 

 

 

This is a pro-life, opinionated essay. It will be written as courteously as possible, and I embrace comments other than “You have no right to…”  followed by the usual angry rebuttals by the left about “woman’s choice” and me wanting to control a “woman’s uterus.

I have zero interest in the second, and as to the first—a woman can choose many other options to prevent pregnancy in the first place. I do care—I care about a baby’s choice to live. Because posturing and rhetoric aside, a healthy pregnancy results in a baby. Unhealthy pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies—those will be addressed shortly.

When Roe vs Wade went into effect, I was nineteen, second oldest of seven children, so old enough to understand the law and form an opinion.

Opinions, of course, usually are those of our parents, and may or may not diverge over time. My mom was an ardent supporter.

As someone who helped care for siblings when they were cute little babies and stopped folks in supermarkets to admire their babies, I was shocked to hear my mother say that she wished it had been legalized earlier. We argued over it, but she explained it in the way that I’m sure many did: we weren’t talking about babies. We were talking about clumps of cells with no form or feelings; an abortion was no different than an appendectomy or any other medical procedure.

Although the constitutional reason put forth was “a woman’s right to privacy,” the reasons Mom gave were the mother’s health, and pregnancies that were the result of some horrendous attack—a rape, incest—these were the reasons a woman would consider an abortion.

Of course, if abortion were ever intended for those arguably justifiable reasons, it quickly ballooned into the poster child of the left, feminists, and a slew of others.

The portrayal of abortion as removing “clumps of cells” disappeared as ultrasound developed, and pregnant friends and colleagues never came back without the latest sonogram of their newborn-to-be.

Here is where the current frenzy of support for abortion in non-emergency situations becomes fuzzy for me—those very people who support abortion most ardently are the ones who cling to the scientific rather than emotional, to proof rather than faith.

Yet they still endorse abortion with a zeal that astonishes—or horrifies.

I have never heard any one hand me a sonogram and say, “Look, here’s my fetus.”  Women who are pregnant are pregnant with babies. The end of a healthy pregnancy is a baby.

And yet, the left has driven Roe vs Wade to “a constitutional right,” in spite of the ability, now, to see a baby’s heartbeat, to identify it’s gender, and with the newest sonograms, to see it’s facial features in perfect detail. 

Ironically, those advocating most fiercely for unrestricted abortion up to birth nevertheless support causes that raise questions about how they possibly choose who deserves to live—because their other causes seek to protect, not destroy.

Remember the celebrities who chained themselves to trees to prevent them from being cut down? Those who led the fight to protect sea turtle eggs? PETA, who will go to any length to protect other animals, but not, that I have heard, to protect human babies?

Why? How?

There are instances when a pregnancy may result in a mother’s death. There are occasions when a pregnancy doesn’t develop. These are medical issues. The first law of nature that one learns is that survival is the strongest drive motivating any living being.

Not everyone who is pro-life agrees with me on this, and the cases of miraculous “impossible” pregnancies that result in healthy children and mothers are countless. However, I don’t believe that pregnancy should be a death sentence. If there is an actual medical condition, then a woman should be able to make the choice in her best interest, although many struggle to choose.

But because of the sexualization of the country and the easy access to abortion, we have created middle school kids who participate in “games” like the condom challenge, in which thirteen and fourteen-year olds have sex with someone, then take used condoms to friends at school. And some just wind up pushed into sex, without any protection, and take back photos.

 What is scary, though, is their attitude as to what happens if they become pregnant.

No big deal—an abortion. Duh.

Except that’s not the language being used. Even among some high school classes—and early enrollment college classes—the answer to pregnancies has become “Kill those babies.”

There are four teachers in my family who deal with students from grade school up through high school. I have a network of grandchildren and kids who know kids, and these are their stories, and my source.

These kids see what I see—the thirtyish woman running around taunting Pro-Life marchers, shouting to the news cameras, “I just had an abortion. I enjoyed it very much.”

The caregiver, who rather than deal with the consequences of a child predator in the home, arranges for a young girl to have an abortion to hide the abuse.

Hollywood actresses and other celebrities who paint abortions as ice cream sundaes with cherries on top. One “You Know Me” essay that caught my attention was by actress Mira Sorvino, who commented on having had a horrible childhood in a dysfunctional family. She said that her mother simply couldn’t be there for her, and that she was happy to have saved her child from the same experience by having an abortion when she was young and struggling.

The irony, though, is that the dysfunctional childhood ended in Ms. Sorvino being accomplished, wealthy, and strong, likely in part because overcoming difficulty strengthened her. No one wants a child to struggle—but what if, to ease her own struggles, Ms. Sorvino’s mother had chosen an abortion over bringing Mira into the world? Mira’s mother might have had a better life. Mira would not have been born.

Most of us would choose a bad life over no life.

 According to the CDC, in 2016, the most recent year available, there were 623, 471 abortions—a record LOW since the agency began keeping records. Did none of those lives matter? Were there no brilliant actors, mathematicians, scientists—no people who could bridge the current climate of hatred and loathing affecting this country?

 My guess is that anyone reading this piece would rescue a dog, child, or baby from a locked car. If the owner arrives on the scene while you are breaking the window, you may be attacked, and certainly will be asked why you don’t mind your own business.

Lives are our business. Saving innocent lives should be a priority.

But when “Kill those babies” is a rallying cry for our children—we’re in a bad spot as individuals and as a nation.



Submitted: October 21, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Leslie P. Garcia. All rights reserved.

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Robert Helliger

The 1973 Roe Vs Wade decision is important in the feminist era decade in America. I was born in that year. It is a woman's right to have an abortion; it shouldn't be condemned by Leftist wing of American politics. Nearly 50 years' on, there shouldn't be diluted in 2020. In short, it is a well written essay. With Amy Cohen Barrett in charge of the United States Supreme Court soon, thanks to President Donald Trump, the pro-life cause for American women is up in the air.

Wed, October 21st, 2020 5:12am

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