Alan Sears

Put another way, Planned Parenthood—a favorite of this president and his administration and his party—finds children to be worth more dead than alive. And the government, aggressively supporting that position, has effectively put a bounty on children in the womb.

So, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, college freshmen can indeed take confidence from knowing they survived the increasingly long odds that face a baby conceived in America today. They made it out of the womb alive.

One can’t help wondering about all those who didn’t. Those nearly 56 million small wonders who never came to fruition. You take approximately 17.2 percent of our population out of the equation, you change things. You change a lot of things. Our science, our culture, our music, art, and sports … our politics. You make an irreplacable dent in the leadership pool.

And you damage, irreparably, the soul of a nation that knows better. Americans can argue all we want about a “woman’s right to choose.” But we don’t extend to her the right to turn thumbs down on the life of any human being outside of the womb. Legally, we can order her not to drink and drive, not to smoke, not to drink soda pop in a restaurant, not to kill herself. But we’re supposed to stop short of forbidding her to kill another human being as long as that one is on the other side of her abdominal wall.

Forty years of judicial protection for abortion has fostered much more than the death of so many innocents. However unwillingly, however quietly, it has fostered the tacit acknowledgement, by too many of us, that children only matter when the government says they do ... that life only has meaning when the government says it does ... that the protections of our government extend not to our babies, but to those who would destroy them—and be rewarded richly for doing so.

“Who was that?” asks King Arthur’s friend Pellinore, as the curtain comes down on Camelot, and he watches a young boy run off with the king’s beloved sword into an uncertain future.

“One of what we all are, Pelly,” the king replies. “Less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea. But it seems that some of the drops sparkle, Pelly. Some of them do sparkle! Run, boy! Run, boy! Runnnnn! Oh, run, my boy.”

In truth, as every eager freshman knows … they all sparkle. It’s only that, today, in this “land of the free,” so many never get the chance to run.

Alan Sears

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.