In a simpler age, Barbra Streisand used silky tones to remind us, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Almost everyone shares that need, but sadly, some express it in a particularly disturbing style. In their battle to save Roe v. Wade, Democrats are determined to preserve the power to discard their own unborn children and fill the emptiness they have wrought with replacements from other lands. Unwanted, tiny Americans are out of luck.
The recent leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the venerable 1973 opinion that legalized abortion has sent crowds of angry “progressives” to picket the homes of the five justices revealed to back the forthcoming ruling. Signs declaring “Pro-life is a lie, you don’t care if people die” and “keep your laws off my body” punctuate the protests. Indignant Senate Democrats responded by attempting — unsuccessfully — to pass a bill making abortion a right guaranteed by federal law.
Lost amid the bewailing is the reality that reversing Roe would simply return abortion law to the prerogative of the individual states. There is little doubt that Mississippi, which has instigated the current challenge of Roe v. Wade with its own, new abortion restrictions, would lead a multi-state, pro-life rebirth, while places like California and New York would continue to celebrate the right to extinguish life.
Those solid liberal bastions are havens for the materialist worldview that sees no divine hand in human life. Among them are careerists whose choice is to prioritize the pursuit of professional and financial goals. Rather than deal with the aggravation of children underfoot, they prefer to battle for success in the workplace and pay the heavy taxes Uncle Sam requires to support the steady inflow of immigrants expected to populate the Democratic majority of the future.
In Washington, preserving abortion is as much a national economic imperative as a choice. Asked to share with the Senate Banking Committee her professional appraisal of the Roe v. Wade clash, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said: “I believe eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and set women back decades.”
Admittedly, raising children can interfere with Ms. Yellen’s treasured “labor force participation.” When allowed to live, though, they constitute “the ultimate resource.” In a book so named, the late economist Julian Simon argued that it is human beings, with their limitless capacity to innovate, who hold the key to surmounting every obstacle to progress.
Since the advent of legal abortion, Americans have eliminated more than 63 million unborn individuals. Whether an earth-shattering scientific or spiritual breakthrough died with a future prodigy on the abortion performer’s table is known but to God.
How unlucky are those who slam life’s door on their own offspring while opening it to others. They are consigned to taking their final breaths alone, rather than cradled by the loving children who could have been their greatest joy, but were never born.