Carnage is a Bad Choice - this week's editorial (3-17-12)
In a rationale society, the recent discovery half the births to women under thirty occur outside of marriage would trigger alarm. Fifty years ago, about the time Hugh Hefner’s playboys and Betty Freidan’s feminists accelerated their cooperative partnership, that figure was five percent.
In the interim we’ve aborted fifty-million children – a number equal to all the deaths of World War II. In that a child’s heart begins beating about three weeks after conception, it’s not a stretch to suggest we’re in the midst of an undeclared World War III. Genocide can come just as surely from the licensed hands of someone pledged to “above all else, do no harm” as from a despot’s death camps.
Somewhere in our efforts to stop treating women as second class citizens, we lost our way. Though career and education progress has occurred, the women’s movement’s greatest “success” centers on their liberation to become sexual toys for men programmed to be little boys. Hef might celebrate that version of progress. Those of us trying to raise children of character, ability, and maturity in a hyper-sexualized culture shouldn’t.
Women’s rights groups want it both ways. They correctly suggest preventative birth-control is a personal matter undeserving of government meddling. They then compromise their sincerity by endorsing government meddling to force healthcare policies to cover the costs of birth-control. Being free to engage in sex without fear of pregnancy doesn’t mean you’re also free to make someone else fund the frivolity.
The left has successfully sold big government as better than Constitutional government. Habitual liberals demonstrate ironic identity confusion in sporting bumper stickers saying things like, “Keep Your Hands Off My Uterus,” while using Uncle Sam to reach into other people’s pockets to fund liberated sexual access to that uterus. Their follow-up endorsement of the hands of government to silence so many beating fetal hearts reveals even greater hypocrisy.
Abortion as a means of birth-control is more about carnage than choice.
The Founding Fathers thoughtfully determined the point of wisdom on social matters would best evolve through the multiple angles of view found in States’ rights, not central Washington authority or judiciary activism. Side-stepping Constitutionally endorsed state authority is one reason we’ve floundered on this issue for so long.
In the interim fifty-million beating hearts have been silenced. It’s folly to believe this outcome has in any way uplifted or liberated those who’s choices created those hearts.
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