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DEACE: If we’re really pro-life, let’s start acting like it
Question of the Day
In my new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, one of my “10 Commandments of Political Warfare” is “never accept the premise of your opponent’s argument.” But that’s just the mistake some in the pro-life movement are making by making the case there are exceptions to the God-given right to life. In the Judeo-Christian worldview, people are not “exceptions” to be targeted for extermination. There are only exceptional people.
When we as a movement say we’re willing to kill someone like Ms. Kiessling to win favor with our opponents or make it easier to win elections, we’re not advancing the sanctity of life. Those for killing children on-demand, and those who claim to be “pro-life with exceptions,” are actually making the same argument. Both are arguing for killing innocent children on the basis their life will inconvenience someone else’s. That’s why I don’t believe there’s any such thing as “pro-life with exceptions.” You’re really just “pro-choice with fewer choices.”
This anti-American belief system is what’s called utilitarianism, a Leftist philosophy best summed up by the Marxist creed “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
These sorts of utilitarian arguments have been used to justify genocides, purges, and five-year plans. Of course, it’s always the already-living and/or elites who decide who would be better off dead. As Ronald Reagan once famously pointed out: “It should be noted that everyone for abortion has already been born.” Once embraced by a culture, utilitarianism always costs innocent people their lives.
In a republic governed by the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” such as ours was intended to be, all life — regardless of how or by whom it came into this world — is sacred because we are all made equal in the image of the Creator. Salvation, redemption, restoration, and opportunity are available to all of us via our Creator, regardless of our station in life or the womb. Is not the first inalienable right endowed on us by our Creator the right to life? Are there exceptions to inalienable rights?
My mom was just 14 years old when she found out she was pregnant with me in the fall of 1972. My mom was the poster child for Planned Parenthood — poor, young, and uneducated. Given the situation I was born into, few would’ve predicted my mom would pull herself up by her bootstraps, go to college, become a nurse, and set a good example for me. Let alone that I would’ve followed her example and become a nationally syndicated radio host, author, and contributor here at The Washington Times. The Savior of the world Himself, Jesus Christ, also was conceived in the womb of an unwed teenage mother.
That’s why human beings shouldn’t play God: We tend to commit the worst atrocities when we try.
The pro-life movement would be wise to remember the words of the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison: “Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are in peril.”
If we truly want our fellow Americans to believe that all life is sacred and a gift from God, then we should be in the business of defending all life as if it is. Just ask Rebecca Kiessling and all the lives touched by her and her family.
(SteveDeace is the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)
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