When respect for human life decays, civilization frays. Exhibit A is the United States, circa 2021, where life is cheap. The daily spectacle of citizens turning on each other in acts of murder and mayhem provides ample examples of a people grown callous. It is the practice of killing the unborn — the most innocent and vulnerable among us — that has the foremost effect of hardening Americans’ hearts toward one another. It is time to roll back blanket authorization for abortion and restore respect for life.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that challenges a 2018 Mississippi law restricting the legality of most abortions to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The outcome could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case first legalizing the practice, and its adjunct, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which in 1992 gave states the leeway to restrict abortion on a fetal “viability” basis that is now scientifically outdated. Were that to happen, each state would be free to fashion their own law in accordance with the attitudes of its constituents.
The high court likely won’t hand down its decision until June, but abortion activists are already fearful the outcome could spell the end of a woman’s right to choose whether her unborn child lives or dies. Thus far, that right has claimed more than 60 million lives.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, has poured fuel on the fires of emotion that surround the Supreme Court’s hearing: “I think if you want to see a revolution, go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people.”
By the same token, some U.S. cities have essentially normalized theft by choosing not to prosecute shoplifters. Would Ms. Shaheen likewise urge citizens to hereafter affirm the right to loot for fear that condemning it would foment an uprising? Americans will not stand aside indefinitely while the morally obtuse smash and grab the right to life.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found a key component of social order – the family – is already crumbling. Among non-parents under 50, the percentage of those Americans who do not plan to have children has jumped to 44 percent, up from 37 percent just three years ago. The ranks of the childless are filled with trendy moderns unwilling to spare the time and money to rear their own children.
Emerging from abortion mills, they rush back to work in their high-tax communities where they fund entitlements for the children of illegals who pour into their communities. How “progressive” is that?
Five decades on, the nation’s abortion laws deserve a make-over that recognizes the personhood of the unborn that science has ascertained in the meantime. If America is to endure, the cheapening of life that abortion engenders must give way to a renewal of its reverence.