This past weekend was the annual March for Life, the 44th such march. If you failed to see much coverage about it in or on the news, don’t feel badly. You may have just missed it. Unlike the days-long coverage of the Women’s March with accompanying vulgar photographs, while there was coverage this time around (having an active Vice President speak at the March certainly helped), it was not the same level of blanket coverage.
But still, there is something you may not have heard about the recent March. And that would be the number of Millenials who participated in it. Seems the majority of them oppose abortion, according to Gallup. And they showed up in big numbers for the March. From The College Fix:
More than 600,000 people participated in the 44th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, and nearly 75 percent were millennials, proving the claim that young people today are the most pro-life generation ever.
According to a Gallup Poll, 53 percent of millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and only 17 percent believe abortions should have no restrictions.
At least 100 colleges from across the country were represented at the event, each school adding a new color to the sea of activists.
People piled in front of the Monument for the rally, holding signs that read “We are the pro-life generation” and “We don’t need Planned Parenthood.”
I admit, I was pretty surprised to by this. I assumed – incorrectly – that with the very definite liberal bent in higher education these days, young people would be much more on the “Pro-Choice” side. Apparently not.
Now, I should say that for years I have been pro-choice, partly because I was a liberal for decades and bought into all the liberal rhetoric on abortion. Even then, though, I did not think it was right for women to use abortion as birth control, did not ever imagine a woman could, or would, have an abortion after the first three months unless it was to save her life, never mind after almost two trimesters. I thought then, and still do, that abortions should be safe, legal, and RARE. Though even that is becoming a more untenable position for me.
Now there are SO many medical more choices, access to so many different forms of birth control, including the Morning After pills, the need to even have abortions should be greatly reduced. Especially if people are conscientious about birth control should they not want to have a child. So it seems to me, anyway.
And there are advancements in technology that debunk when life begins. Science can now show the development of a fetus from very early on up, and it is, most decidedly, a living organism, not just a few cells glommed together. So yeah, it makes it harder for me to still be even a bit pro-choice. Heck, I can barely stand to kill a bug (and usually take it outside). To think of discarding a fetus that is a human makes me ill to even consider.
Along those lines, it is to the memes of the “Pro-choice” community I want to turn. I have heard all of the arguments for abortion, and truth be told, likely used some myself. But then again, as Daniel Payne notes in his “Primer” piece at The Federalist, people like me got our talking points from people in the Pro-Choice, not Pro-Life Community. He has a point there. Here, then, are a couple of arguments he clarifies:
A Fetus Isn’t Necessarily Human
Pro-Choice Objection: “Actually, the unborn are not human beings!”
Pro-Life Response: This is incorrect. From the moment of conception—when a sperm meets, and fertilizes, an egg—the unborn are fully living, genetically distinct, and biologically self-directing autonomous individuals of the species Homo sapiens—i.e., human beings. Modern medicine, specifically embryology, is very clear about this. Unborn humans at various stages may be smaller, weaker, less-developed, stranger-looking, more helpless, and less personable than other human beings, but this does not make them any less human.
It’s Her Body, She Can Do What She Want
Objection: “Maybe all of that is true. Even so, a woman still has the right to do whatever she wants with her body. That includes abortion.”
Response: A woman does indeed have a right to do whatever she wants with her body—but not with someone else’s body, and the unborn child inside of her is clearly not “her body.” Embryology is very clear on this point: from the moment of conception onward there exists in a woman’s uterus a genetically distinct, fully individual human being. A pregnant woman shouldn’t be allowed to kill this human being or harm him in any way.
We prohibit all sorts of behaviors that nominally only affect our bodies but can have adverse effects on other people’s bodies, as well. Abortion is one of those behaviors, all the more so because (a) it is intended to harm another person, and (b) the full intent of that harm is death.
I support the rights of women to do whatever they wish with their own bodies. I just don’t believe they have the right to do whatever they want with anyone else’s. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Now, I admit that the one about a woman’s body being her own and the implications of that in terms of the fetus as human is a compelling argument. I am going to have to sit with this and the other points Payne makes in his Primer. I recommend reading it in its entirety.
I want to close with this following piece, also from The Federalist, about a disabled lawmaker in the United Kingdom. He may be across the Pond, but that does not mean his sentiments are any less profound. From The Federalist:
During a parliamentary debate last week, Lord Kevin Shinkwin spoke out against a legal loophole that allows selective abortions based on disability in the United Kingdom.
“I can see from the trends in abortion on grounds of disability that the writing is on the wall for people like me,” said Shinkwin, who is disabled. “People with congenital disabilities are facing extinction. If we were animals, perhaps we might qualify for protection as an endangered species. But we are only human beings with disabilities, so we do not.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Stunning words, are they not? And they left me in tears. His statement, especially comparing humans to animals, speaks volumes…
Oh – one last voice to consider, if you are interested in the March for Life. That would be Rep. Mia Love of Utah. You can click here to read some of what she said at the March for Life, and/or watch a video of her speech.
That’s it for me. It’s all yours now. This is an Open Thread.