As a nation, we are much like a train without a conductor, flying down the tracks in a scenic countryside. Because the ride was smooth at the start and the view out the windows was pleasant, we ignored the fact we’ve been chugging along toward an uncertain destination. But now, with night upon us, we have entered a tunnel wherefrom we see a light ahead of us. Yet there is growing concern that the light is not the end of the tunnel, but another train barreling down on us.
This was evidenced by the recent tight spot in which the Obama administration found itself.
In 2010, they pressed ObamaCare—a top-down, healthcare system takeover—on the American people, and earlier this year, they followed with their abortion pill mandate: a conscience-trampling decree forcing all employers to pay for insurance to cover abortion pills for employees who want them.
Then, on May 31, with the possibility of the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that would have banned gender selection as a determining factor in abortions, the White House opposed the bill on grounds that it would have “intruded in medical decisions or private family matters.”
In other words, the Obama administration was arguing that the bill would allegedly intrude into decisions best left to individuals. Or, dare I say, it would intrude upon matters of conscience?
Of course, no one really believes the president was promising to veto the bill as a means of defending consciences. Rather, consistent with his view of children as “punishment,” he was again doing what’s proven to be second nature for him—protecting and promoting the culture of death. And this means protecting Planned Parenthood at every turn in the road.
Think of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed if this crusade against life proves successful.
The bill which Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed, and which the Democrats defeated, did not reverse Roe v. Wade, it did not defund Planned Parenthood, nor did it place restrictions on abortion beyond this: it simply barred using abortion as a gender selector for babies.
Yet it was being opposed by the President of the United States?
This is a microcosm of how the culture of death has lessened our vision, twisted our thinking, and dulled our emotions over the past four decades. We’ve come to a point where the leader of the free world was neither embarrassed nor ashamed to oppose legislation which would have spared the lives of girls who are being killed because they are girls and would have spared the lives of boys who are being killed because they are boys.
(Note how the “choice” for individuals to choose what type of child they want trumps the life of preborn babies who have no choice in which chromosomes they receive.)
The road we’re traveling is certain to lead to our demise, if it hasn’t already ushered it in. For we have literally come to a point where it’s politically fashionable for many of our leaders to oppose sparing the lives of the children who are being slaughtered in the womb because of their gender.
Will we stay on this reckless course, or will we abandon the path that has propelled us to the brink of moral collapse and mend our ways? There’s hope for the latter in that America is now unquestionably pro-life, but will that extend to how we vote when we step into the ballot box and select our leaders?
The war on conscience has proven to be a convenient catch-all for the war on life. It’s time to stop and think about what we, as a nation, are doing, and to exit this train before it takes us somewhere previous generations never dreamed we’d be.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.
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