For many, pleasing self and not wishing to sacrifice for another were hallmarks of the tumultuous '60s, which led to what's often called the "me" decade of the '80s. The growing secularization of America has also contributed mightily to the cheapening of human life. If there is no Creator, Who made us and endowed us with a right to live, and if we are mere evolutionary accidents without purpose, direction or destination, then we might as well eat, drink, and be merry and abort at will.
Sophisticated ultrasound technology didn't exist 40 years ago. Today, it gives pregnant women an opportunity to be fully informed about what it is they wish to terminate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, "Since the mid-1990s, several states have moved to make ultrasound part of abortion service provision." As of Jan. 1, 2013, it reports, "Six states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion..." It is the ultimate empowerment tool. I have talked to many women over the last 30 years who've changed their minds about abortion and have given birth with no regrets, once they've seen their developing baby.
Kristof says that even if President Obama's "modest" gun control proposals reduced deaths by one-quarter, he calculates it could mean 7,500 lives saved a year.
Ultrasound, if made a requirement nationally, could save millions at a time when we have made life cheap.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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