When I was growing up in Oregon I used to love it when it snowed and we could go sledding. The steeper the slope and the faster we went the more fun we had! Unless of course we went down the wrong trail and there was a tree or a cliff at the bottom. So we made sure we were on the right trail before we started.
It appears to me that our nation is sledding down some steep moral mountains. All three branches of our government keep approving of laws in support of immorality. One of the more recent ones that really made my blood boil was legalizing abortion if you don’t approve of the gender of the baby! Abortion is already the number one cause of death in America (1,200,000 per year compared to #2 heart disease at 600,000 per year). Will the murder rate of helpless babies go up as a result?
One of the common debates over the abortion issue has to do with when life begins. Is it a baby at conception or after it is born? If it is a baby at conception then it is human and has rights just like anyone else. During the 2008 elections when Barack Obama was asked when life begins, he said that answer was “above his pay grade.” Is it really that complicated?
A friend of mine named Scott Klusendorf travels around the country debating for the Pro-Life Movement. He shared with me one time this outline for showing people that a baby in the womb is still a baby… a human… a living person… one with rights! To make it easy to remember he uses the letters S.L.E.D.:
Size: True, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more human than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.
Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one human. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-human to human? If the unborn are not already human, merely changing their location can’t make them valuable.
Degree of Dependency: If viability makes us human, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.
In short, it’s far more reasonable to argue that although humans differ immensely with respect to talents, accomplishments, and degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal because they share a common human nature.
It’s time that we stopped the moral slide down the abortion trail. Abortion is murder and it is the #1 killer in our country. Please pray that our government leaders will overturn Roe v. Wade and all other laws that approve of abortion. Then go out and vote for new leaders that will make sure this happens soon.