Kevin M. Nelson
While there is no perfect way to attempt creating analogies or arguments that will properly reflect the sanctity and indescribable value of an innocent human life, I am always searching for new and better ways to unlock the closed minds of those who would rather put the convenience and circumstance of one human, above the God-given unalienable right of another, completely innocent human, to live.
Two questions come to mind when attempting this difficult task of unveiling the motives behind people’s casual willingness to destroy innocent human life:
1. Does the inability to see or fully understand something truly diminish the value of the unseen or mysterious- and/or- does not seeing something give people a calculated self-justification as a defense mechanism for deniability?
2. What do You value, if not innocent Human Life of another- your own life, the lives of wild animals or pets, inanimate objects, or philosophical concepts?
1. The Unseen and Misunderstood.
I am often amazed at the uninformed assumptions people hold regarding children at the fetal stage or what “terminating” the child actually involves, but even more so by those who become enraged by graphic images that do nothing more than depict the very same act they claim to condone, support, or advocate for.
The most staunch supporters of abortion never seem to address this hypocrisy, most notable on social media sites where one minute Miss Pro-“choice” is ranting and raving about the “fetus” being a blob that a women should not be “forced” to carry for nine months, only to absolutely freak when faced with an image of that “blob” with its torn limbs and pierced torso, all of which is followed by this staunch supporter “reporting” the image as “inappropriate” to the site’s governing powers, who most certainly seem more concerned about protecting liberal agendas and hate, while censoring truth and reality.
On the other end of the “unseen” spectrum is the first part of the question- is there a diminished value? Perhaps better stated- is it easier to classify the child as “less-than” when the world has not seen the baby’s face, or has not come to terms with understanding their own human prenatal development- several years or decades before holding a pro-abortion philosophy?
Consider, if you will, these imperfect analogies that inadequately, but hopefully at least somewhat effectively, describe things similar to the unseen forces of life:
The sun does not cease to exist simply because there is night.
(The baby does not cease to be a baby because it is hidden in the womb)
The sun does not cease to burn brightly because of a rain storm.
(The baby does not cease to be a baby because of an external circumstance)
Lightning is no less powerful simply because you cannot hold it or explain it.
(The baby is no less alive because it cannot yet be held in one’s arms or does not yet possess the features it will develop before birth)
A young White Oak (Quercus alba) sapling, uprooted by the wind and left to whither in the sun, does not, by definition, instantly become anything less than a dead White Oak (Quercus alba) sapling, no longer able to become the towering tree it might have been.
(Killing a Human (H. sapiens) baby in the womb does not cause it to suddenly become anything other than a dead Human (H. sapiens) baby. Often stated as- “abortion doesn’t make you un-pregnant, it makes you the mother of a dead baby”- author unknown)
2. What You value, or suddenly- Don’t value.
Is there anything more hypocritical than a self-described pro-abortion advocate (though they still often hide behind the popular term “Pro-choice”) being seen holding a baby, or attending a baby shower?
I submit to you that such actions are evidence of a selfish ideology that does not value innocent human life, at all, for anyone, but rather simply values people’s ability to have what they want, when they want it.
Their actions reflect this clearly, if you observe and listen carefully, though they may or may not actually say the following out loud:
“I want to focus on my career or education right now. I shouldn’t be forced to put those things on hold with a pregnancy”
Translation: My career or diploma/degree is more important than an innocent Life.
“My body- my choice. The government shouldn’t tell me what to do with my body”
Translation: My body is more important than the other body growing inside me. Government can tell people not to kill other people, unless the other person is a living preborn human baby.
“No Man is going to tell me I have to stay pregnant”
Translation: No one (not even one of those “brain-washed” Pro-Life women)can tell me killing a baby is wrong, but since men can’t give birth, I will target them. This makes me sound like a strong independent woman, and a champion of feminism. My independence to do what I want is more important than protecting the innocent human life I want to destroy.
“I’m still young. There are so many things I want to do before becoming a mother”
Translation: I planned the sex part, but didn’t plan on the getting-pregnant part. My personal freedom to have fun is more important than the innocent Life of the human baby that, by definition, means I’m already an expectant mother.
“Everyone is different. It’s a complicated issue. What’s right for you is not always right for someone else”
Translation: Morality is subjective. Dismembering and extracting a living human baby from the womb is only wrong if someone thinks it is wrong, or if personal desires and circumstances are conducive to motherhood at this time. My desire to avoid motherhood is more important than the fact that someone will die as a result of my personal moral standards.
“I am personally pro-life, but think others should have the right to decide for themselves”
Translation: I would never kill one of my own babies, but someone else’s freedom to decide whether or not to kill their baby is more important than the Life they may decide to destroy.
Career, Education, Fun, Independence Vs. An Innocent Human Life
If you’ve read down to this point, you probably fall into three categories:
Pro-Life, Undecided and seeking answers, or Pro-Abortion seeking a reason to change or to find the best line to formulate an angry response with.
Whoever you are, please bear with me just a little longer.
At the end of the day, some would rather focus on perceived “viability” of the human babies being discussed, rather than letting go of everything other than the simple fact-
It is an innocent, Human Life.
Unfortunately, the “viability” argument is deceptive, as it most always focuses on “Viability in the absence of any other assistance”.
Webster defines ‘viability’ a few different ways. Strangely, when describing humans, the term means such things as “able to exist as an independent unit” or “capable of survival outside of the womb”. Yet when discussing other life forms such as eggs or seeds, the meaning somehow suddenly changes to “capable of growing or developing”.
I challenge the notion that seeds or eggs should be categorized in a way that transcends the discussion of human life, but will work to address both views.
If we continue to base the sanctity of life on concepts like “viability” we are destined to become even more murderous than we have been in allowing 55,000,000 babies to be murdered since ‘Roe V. Wade’. There will be countless Terri Schiavo-like court-sanctioned dehydration murders at the behest of adulterous spouses. The dark society in which we live is only a degree away from allowing the “Viability” argument to justify murder of the elderly, the mentally or severely physically handicapped, or infants.
Do not these other groups of people require some sort of assistance that prevents them from living as an “independent unit”?
I know beyond reasonable doubt that my precious two year old little girl simply cannot survive as an “independent unit”. Though a completely healthy child, without assistance to eat or drink or bath or use the “potty”- she would die of starvation, dehydration, or disease. Does this mean that she therefore does not meet the “viability” standard and consequently does not have the same right to life as her eleven year old sister?
Now let’s look at the other definition of “viability” that more accurately describes the preborn baby in the womb, and my two year old daughter. Both are “capable of growing or developing”. The baby in the womb only loses that type of viability when outside forces including the deadly procedure of abortion, ends the baby’s life- which obviously ends all potential for growth or development.
Sadly, many severely disabled people do not meet most of these “viability” definitions.
Though not dependent on the womb, they are dependent on others to feed them, sometimes machines to help them breathe, and cannot survive as an independent unit, and depending upon their age and disability, may no longer be capable of growth or development. Does this mean that the severely disabled, not meeting the “viability” standards that many use, are lawfully or morally subject to neglect or execution?
In closing, I’ll leave you with a few words from a man who was there for the
‘Roe V. Wade’ ruling, Supreme Court Justice Byron White:
Senior Dissenting Justice, Byron R. White, called ‘Roe V. Wade’:
"a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life and by investing mothers and doctors with the constitutionally protected right to exterminate it."
Also saying the Court: "values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries."