I happened today upon a charming little piece of work entitled “Why Defunding Planned Parenthood Will Bankrupt America.” The gist of the article, which the author helpfully puts in bold letters, is that abortion will save us all money. Yes, folks, you heard it here: it’s much cheaper to kill human beings than to let them grow up and be a drain on society.
This is an argument I hear pretty often when talking to people about abortion. After I school them in basic biology so they have no choice but to stop telling me the embryo is not a separate human being, they fall back on utilitarian arguments, or what I like to call the Hitler Thing. “Crime has gone down since Roe v. Wade,” they’ll say. Or, “What would we do with all those babies?”
I usually reply with, “Well, you know, I don’t really have all the answers to crime or ‘overpopulation’ (by now it’s late and I don’t feel like getting into the fact that overpopulation is a myth). I don’t know that I can give you a simple prescription for how to make life better for human beings, but I know what the answer isn’t: killing the weakest and smallest human beings.”
I encourage you to read the article I mentioned so you can see the Hitler Thing at work. It sounds just as elegant and reasonable as Der Fuhrer’s “final solution” to the Jewish problem must have seemed to Germans in the 1930s. As a pro-life activist, don’t be tripped up by the utilitarian argument. Learn how to argue against it. Remind any anti-lifer who attempts to use the Hitler Thing on you that society exists for people, and not the other way around. Recommending we kill humans because there’s too much crime or not enough food is like burning down your house because you have termites, or sawing a few inches off your legs because your pants don’t fit.
Our president, the man we elected to the highest office in the nation, opposed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003. He didn’t vote against it because he wasn’t in Congress at the time, but in a speech to Planned Parenthood in 2007 he said:
Some people argue that the federal ban on abortion was just an isolated effort aimed at one medical procedure—that it’s not part of a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women. That presumption is also wrong.
That’s it, you guys. I admit it. I oppose Partial Birth Abortion not because I have a problem with half-born babies being stabbed in the back of the neck with scissors so their brains can be sucked out with a vacuum, but because I can’t stand the idea of women having equal rights. You got me!
This is the kind of moral upside-downness that pervades our culture. In whatever passes for morality in Obama’s mind, denying women equal rights with men is a far worse than stabbing babies in the back of the neck with scissors, never mind that it is beyond me what “equal rights for women” has to do with abortion. Men don’t get pregnant, but if they did, I’d have a problem with them aborting their babies, too.
Until we as a culture recognize that abortion is inherently evil and must be prohibited, we have unfailing proof that our moral compass is pointed in the wrong direction. Many of the same people who sob their eyes out because gay couples can’t register at Macy’s have no problem with women killing their unborn children for any reason at all. This tells us there is something terribly wrong with our morals: namely, that as a nation we no longer have any.